I'm getting there. I can just about make out the light. Getting caught up on things can be so dangerous though; that's when the To Do List gets frisky and starts to breed.
I spent the earlier part of the week going over fabric strike-offs, color-bossing every nuance. The next collection is looking pretty crazy fantastic and I'm excited to push it one more step toward the finish line. There are a couple of pieces that I'm going to have to design some clothes around. That's just it. Can't stand it. A fitted little cocktail jacket out of one and a flared 50s dress from another. Something to do during the wait, I guess -- draft patterns & do stomach crunches (50s dress requirement).
I've uploaded a new pattern to my sidebar called "Paper Globes." This is one of several projects I put together for the upcoming Home Companion feature (April/May 08). The shoot was last May. See, everything I do takes a year these days. These are super easy and fun.
And you don't have to make a topiary. They make great ornaments
too. In fact, this design stems from an old-fashioned tradition of
creating paper kissing balls from the year's Christmas card intake. The ones
I've seen were pretty hokey though, with too many illustration styles
garbled together. It's high time we modern folk take the concept further and
explore other styles & uses.
Wouldn't these be great for a baby shower or a wedding? Or strung along a garland? (Speaking of, have you seen the Ga-Ga for Garlands photo group lately? Amazing.) I'd love to see some of these paper globes made from vintage children's book pages. Or as luminaries.
I put together a few Valentine's ornaments using this pattern last week to help me get Christmas out of my system. They're pretty fun. Really fun, in fact. I'll snap some photos for my next post.
free to shrink or enlarge the pattern as you please. These paper
globes can be made any size you like. You just need 20 little circles,
each with a
perfect isosceles equilateral triangle scored in their middles. The
main trick is in assembly. It's easier than it looks though. Download the pattern and instructions to see how it all comes together.
Try spelling isosceles from memory. Eek. Which reminds me... Elijah tore his way through the school spelling bee this week and has been invited to compete at the district level. He probably hasn't heard enough "atta-boys" though, as I've been trying to warn him that the kids who win the National Spelling Bee have crazy, mean parents who make them study dictionaries all day long. Even nice coaches with jump ropes are still probably crazy. Oh, what do you do?
And a big Happy Birthday to my surprise speller too. Elijah turned 11 earlier this week. Birthday sleepover bash tomorrow night -- all Spiderman and big-screen-projected, multi-player video games, all night long! And junk food.