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rainbow charm swap

So about a week or so ago I signed up for a rainbow charm swap at Bolohead. Each person in the swap is assigned a color and is to obtain a quarter yard (or fat quarter) of fabric that is predominately that color. In the end you get back a rainbow of little squares. I got purple… I’ve purchased the fabric but I have yet to cut them up.

The flash seems to have washed out some of the colors… they’re all really very purple!

I can’t wait to see the other colors!


I just had to share this because of the obvious ridiculousness of it all.  I ordered 3 types of taffeta for construction of some livingroom drapes, to  go with the heavy tapestry-weight print that I already have.  I ordered crimson rosette taffeta, copper penny elegance taffeta, and gold wheat elegance taffeta.

Here is what arrived:

taffeta, taffetta...

soooo not taffeta!

I called my husband over and showed him, saying “this is taffeta, this is taffeta” and he replied to the last piece, “huh, that’s not taffeta, is it?”. Even someone who knows absolutely nothing about fabric could tell which of these thing just doesn’t belong here… so why couldn’t the very large online fabric store that I purchase it from tell?

anyways, I contacted the company and they offered to replace the fabric at no charge and ship it out right away… except that they were sold out. I ended up choosing a slightly more expensive gold taffeta with little fleur di lis on it… I haven’t seen it yet, so I guess we’ll see it when it arrives.

baby, baby, baby oh!

i know, it’s been a while. i had to write an exam on monday so studying was my entire world for about two weeks straight. seriously: eat, sleep, study, rinse, repeat. oh yeah, and go to work.

but now that it’s over, i have time to share the baby gift that i so didn’t have the time to make that i made!

I would say that it took about 2h in total… an hour of shopping and an hour of assembly. I used the super special organic cotton, hypo-allergenic diapers because I didn’t know what brand she uses and these ones have pooh bears on them 😀 I also used 4 washcloths twisted and tied to look like flowers, and 3 onsies that made very pathetic looking flowers. The baby in question is about a month old, but needs 3-6 month clothes for the near future, and was lacking a baseball hat, so when I found a pooh bear baseball hat, I knew it was a “home run” (pun intended)!

To assemble the cake I used the following proportions:

  • 1/2 of the package minus 3 or 4 for the bottom layer
  • 1/4 of the package plus the leftovers from the first half  plus the “flowers” for the middle layer
  • the remaining 1/4 minus 1 for the top layer
  • the last diaper got rolled up and stuffed under the hat to prop it up.

If you don’t know how to create a diaper cake, it’s super easy. The method that i use is to roll up 3 or 4 diapers (make sure they’re all rolled in the same direction and on the same side) and tie a really long string around them just tight enough so that they stay together.  Then go around and evenly stuff some more diapers around the edges so that they’re all still facing the same direction. Most diapers nowadays have cute little pictures on them, so make sure the pictures are all facing outwards and the “raw” edges are all facing in.  Loosen the string a little so that it’s just tight enough to hold everything together and go around again.

can you see my study materials back there? ugg, canadian copyright law and the alberta engineering act...

The most important things in the end is that every diaper is consistently rolled, and that the entire thing is round.  When you’re finished the layer, tie everything at an appropriate tightness (none of the diapers should be folding around the string, but you should be able to pic the entire thing up and have it stay together).

The bigger the layer, the more diapers it takes to increase the size by one “row” (the bottom layer is only about one row bigger than the middle and top rows, but uses 2x as many diapers!).   Stack the layers, put something pretty on top, and you’re done!  If you want, you can include the packages from the items so the mom knows what she’s got!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the flower washcloths.  Here’s what I did:

  • Fold the washcloth in half.  These ones have very pretty bias, so that’s what went in the center of the flower.
  • Start rolling.  You want to make sure that the bias’ed edge stays about even.
  • For only the very last wrap, fold the bias’ed edge over once, towards the outside of the flower.
  • Tie very tightly right underneath the bias’ed edge to make the flower “bloom”!

So about an hour after I began construction, I had a smash-hit gift… it was a big hit at the party, the only gift that was passed around. The best part is that you can add exactly the things you want to it, in this case I knew what the things she needed were.

more minky

Are you tired of minky blankets yet? I’m not! I got a new chair delivered last week and it’s an ivory colored leather chaise… and it was just DYING for a blanket! Or maybe I was dying for a blanket while sitting on it.

This blanket is approximately 60″x72″… I saw blankets that size on etsy that are minky on only one side for between $100 and $150. I just love the watermelon-colored minky dimple… it’s precisely the same color as the owls! Unfortunately it appears as though Hawthorne Threads has removed the owls in watermelon and topaz from their site (usually meaning that they’re out and aren’t planning on getting any more in) and now only has the carnival colorway.

Do you like that toilet paper I managed to get into the shot? Oh yeaz, me toooo! We buy it at Costco by what I’m sure is the bushel-load.

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