this week was full of the making of happy things, my very favorites being these two:
1. a backpack for my nephew's third birthday:
[tutorial from the superlicious anna at noodleheads]
so you’ll notice that my backpack looks a wee bit different from anna’s as Planning Ahead is not my modus operandi and nary a zipper could be found amongst my supplies, let alone three yards of cotton cording. i admit to rummaging through closets for a good ten minutes, eyeing the wondrous zippers currently living in various jackets and sports bags. in the end, however, i left them intact and substituted a velcro tab-thingee (and binding instead of the cord), which is perhaps less effective but still mighty cute.
2. my first-ever boy softie, made for beth's nest feathering:
[and if you are reading this before midnight today (saturday), you will want to mosey on over and drop your name in for all of the gorgeous mom/baby offerings at steph's place. trust me on this.]
it was a bit of a challenge, making a softie cute but distinctly boyish. i fear he ended up a little reminiscent of sponge-bob-square-pants (emphasis on the square pants; you'll see what i mean when you get him, beth), but he was still so squishable that i secretly contemplated kidnapping the guy and making a break for rio. fortunately, i remembered how much i like beth, and sent him safely off in the post instead.
also, free and completely unrelated tip of the day: those warnings plastered on hydrogen peroxide contact solutions are for real--don't slap a contact back on your eye until it has soaked for at least six hours. today i briefly removed my lenses in high hopes of a nap (alas, 'twas not to be), and in a momentary lapse of brain activity, started to put them back in. so yeah, pretty much i scorched my right eyeball off. not to worry, though, as i am a quick learner and didn't repeat the process with my left eyeball. good thing we come with two eyes.
and now we've arrived at the part of the post where i stick in photos of my kids so The Very Far Away Grandparents still like me.
em was not feeling a photo today:
but the others acquiesced with a little strategic coaxing*:
happy weekend to you!
*i told them it was part of their chores and must be endured to earn this week's allowance. worked like a charm.
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