So…. what have I been up to (beyond ignoring my blog)?
I have been working to finish card table playhouses for a few friends! I am using this pattern (with my own tweaks & changes) from a local designer Shea Henderson aka Empty Bobbin. If you are ever interested in making one of these I will tell you this – I worked my tail off with sales, value cotton, coupons etc. & bought all of the fabric at JoAnn fabric (complete with the requisite 1 hr waiting for your number to be called). I picked up the fabric right before Christmas & spent ~$75/house. So – these things are NOT cheap – so when you see them on etsy for $200-250 and they aren’t felt they are soooo not charging too much (trust me felt/flannel would be a quicker sew job because you don’t have to worry about finishing raw fabric edges). Now – that isn’t to say that you ‘should‘ spend that much money on one – find a friend with a machine & make it yourself!
I have been pretty slow finishing these. I really can’t even explain why adequately. If Andy is up I didn’t work on them, if Kevin wanted to watch a show in the evening I did. Usually I will pull my project out to the kitchen & work on our island which has a great view of the TV in the great room – but honestly I didn’t want to mess with dishes, cleaning counters etc. that would have been required for that… every night!
This week I cleaned off all of the sewing from my office & set them aside. They are nearly done. Walls are full assembled but need a final fitting on my friends’ card tables & a roof….. that & a little cleanup of straw threads etc. But all easy quick stuff. Here are the rest of the pictures….
Next up – Andy’s “Lego room”…. aka – his new big boy room. We painted it white (yes… WHITE) & moved his furniture into it. We had been using it for all of his Legos – there were two really old Walmart shelves from when Kevin & I were in college and Andy’s small square Lego table. Those are still in there – maybe someday we will get him nicer bookshelves. Maybe.
Today Andy & I went into the old room & chose which decorations he wanted to take into the new room. His 1yr picture frame from PBKids, his hand/foot print frame both made the cut (thank goodness!) as did his clock, his light up moon & one wood plaque that said “I love you to the moon & back….”
For the rest of his decorations I am making most with my Cameo & vinyl! Planned pieces include
- LOTS of Lego bricks to stack up on his walls (I really had to look hard to find a true side view of a Lego – there are alot of 3d side views but I wanted it to look like the Legos are just stacked up)
- A few Lego character silhouettes (Vadar, Yoda, maybe Batman if I can find him)
- A few Star Wars ship silhouettes (Xwing & Tie-Fighter)
- His name… I made the mistake of sitting down with him today to look at fonts – he wants one he thinks looks like his writing….. he has no clue! He was picking totally plain fonts. What I may do is make a subway art with all the versions of his name in different fonts including the one he likes. Andy, Andrew, AJ etc. Hopefully it turns out.
Links to the images I have/am planning to trace in the Silhouette software are included above. I will maybe make a LiTuesday video of the tracing when I do it.