09 December 2008

diversionary tactics

so i really don't have time to be blogging today, and yet here we are anyhow.

just wanted to share a few snippets of handmade gifts...

i've been making bunches of these chenille-backed patchwork scarves:



this one's in a lovely brown/peach/cream colorway and has already been gifted to my most excellent mother in law. i have to say that old school amy butler fabric makes me want to flap around in a happy dance.





i actually made this here crayon roll for elle's birthday, but it would make a fantastic holiday gift for any little person with artistic inclinations. in my opinionated opinion, it's the bestest sort of gift because it's simple, utilitarian, and pretty.







alternately, you could make a colored-pencil roll for an older child. these rolls are ubiquitous, i know, and it's quite likely y'all have made them before, but here's a tutorial in case you'd like one.




next up: patchwork placemats. i made a quartet of these for my gorgeous friend and bride-to-be sara. again, a very simple project--here's a tute if you're interested.


and in the spirit of blogging when one should be cleaning one's house, here's a somewhat desultory list i came up with yesterday:

top ten best movie characters (off the top of my head and in no particular order)

raymond babbitt (dustin hoffman) in rain man
captain jack sparrow (johnny depp) in pirates of the caribbean (all 3)
lloyd dobler (john cusack) in say anything
forrest gump (tom hanks) in forrest gump
red (morgan freeman) in the shawshank redemption
marty (natalie portman) in beautiful girls
harry (billy crystal) in when harry met sally
john silver (voice of brian murray) in treasure planet
professor john keating (robin williams) in dead poets society
rockhound (steve buscemi) in armageddon


wanna play? i'd love to hear your top ten (only rule: it HAS to be off the top of your head...no scouring the internet for all-time-best-character lists). if you do this, leave me a comment or shoot me an email so i can view your picks.

happy tuesday!

13 comments:

Jen M said...

I just LOVE the polka dots with the strawberries ... and then the alphabet fabric on the outside is pure perfection!

Brandie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorials! I have been wanting to make a couple of those crayon holders for my kids. They'll love them:)

Deconstructing Jen said...

Those crayon holders are lovely. I need one for ME and my drawing pencils.

Love the list...I'm not sure I could make one without copying yours now that it's in my head. But I'll try. :D

mncgirlfriends said...

So please bring me my special scarf. I was looking to wear it the other day. I was heading out in the blowing cold, but still wanted to look cool (as cool as an old woman can look), and was very sad when I couldn't find it. I was afraid it was just one of the many things to add to may "where did I put that" list.

Kimberly said...

Just drooling, don't mind me...

Fledgling said...

What? No villains? Gotta have good villains!

1. The bad guy in "Leon, the Professional". Can I google that much? Gary Oldman.
2. The bad guy in "No Country for Old Men". Javier Bardem.
3. Steve Buscemi, whenever he's good or bad, but especially when he is bad, like in "Fargo".
4. Al Pacino as Michael Coerleon

And then good bad guys and bad good guys, like...
5. Jean Reno in "The Professional".
6. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lechter.
7. Val Kilmer in "Joe the King".
8. The Stasi guy in "The Lives of Others" ...was that Sabastian Koch?
9. And Samuel Jackson in "Pulp Fiction".

Okay...the only not so bad guy I actually find memorable...

10. Tom Hanks in that FedEx Castaway movie...what was that movie called?...maybe because the only other person in the movie was a volley ball.

Rebekah said...

I like how you made a spot for a notebook in the crayon roll - nice upgrade.

I have tagged you for a simple meme. Tomorrow I will post my own list of 10 memorable something or others - I'll come up with something, I will!

Amelia said...

Made my crazy list.

I totally agree with your list, fun stuff! Although... I have never seen When Harry Met Sally. :o(

Little Dickens Designs said...

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!

Kristen said...

just gorgeous gifts and such a sweet boy...happy birthday bee!

Little Dickens Designs said...

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!

mncgirlfriends said...

So please bring me my special scarf. I was looking to wear it the other day. I was heading out in the blowing cold, but still wanted to look cool (as cool as an old woman can look), and was very sad when I couldn't find it. I was afraid it was just one of the many things to add to may "where did I put that" list.

Brandie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorials! I have been wanting to make a couple of those crayon holders for my kids. They'll love them:)