Happy Birthday to ME! (and to Baby Crockett!)

ok. grab a box of tissues. in 2010, my WONDERFUL amazing husband made this video for me for my birthday (I turned 30 that year)

Happy Birthday 2010 from Christopher Burke on Vimeo.

I don't remember why I didn't get one in 2011, but that's all I wanted for my birthday in 2012, so, from 2000 miles away (thanks to WIFI!), my husband sent me this to watch in the hospital room a few hours after giving birth to Baby Crockett

Ramona's Birthday video: 2012 from Christopher Burke on Vimeo.

(even if you've seen them before, feel free to watch them again. they'll make you cry.)

WELL

GUESS WHAT!

C has been crazy busy this year, and has promised me a video, but I won't get it til later this summer.

SO, D took it upon himself to make me a video!

Mama Bday 2013 from Ramona Burke on Vimeo.

he just turned 7 last month, so his camera work is a little shaky, but OMG, it's the best present I've ever gotten!

C added the subtitles, and credits, and did a little editing, but D says he told C exactly what to do.  D is VERY proud of his EP credit at the end.

Birthday/camp sewing

image This boy turned 7 this week. he requested a full Luke Skywalker/Jedi costume. Pants (pegged so they bunch up), Tunic (over a white t-shirt, and with the flappy vest-y bits sewn on to a simple shirt), and, of course, the jedi robe.

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he also "needed" (I.e. has been hinting since Xmas that he would really like) a smaller amineko that is easier to take places. Here they are doing yoga at a mall fountain.  I used sock yarn and a "C" crochet hook. 2 days of constant hooking, finished in the parking lot with 2 minutes to spare!  His name is Pierre la Vert. (I also made that stripy green shirt for his birthday)

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LUCKILY for me, his birthday was wednesday, and today is Hollywood Dress Up Day at their camp.  So, obvi, D wore his new costume, but the Bean was desperate for a new costume too.

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last night at bedtime she finally decided on Cinderella's fancy dress, so here it is.

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It does twirl, but I've decided that I HATE gathering knits. Also I'm not a huge fan of dirndl skirts in general, SO much bulk at the waist! I might actually remake this one, if she's going to wear it a lot, with a nicer (read: circle/a-line) skirt.

now back to work!

(all jedi fabrics from Joanns, Green t-shirt fabric from the -by-the-pound section at Michael Levine's, and the princess dress is the dreamy Laguna Cotton Jersey from Robert Kaufman in Aqua and Cloud)

 

I drafted all the patterns myself, but if people want them, I can scan them in, so let me know!

A quilt for Kai

whipped out a UFO and bound it quickly so I could gift it to a surprise arrival. (Our friends got the call Friday that their new baby was ready to adopt on Sunday, I found out on Monday). image

it was sort of an idea tester quilt, so it's definitely not perfect, but hopefully its imperfections will make them feel like it can be used and spat up upon, etc, right?

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it's all Kona and ROAR (both Robert Kaufman fabrics, ROAR is designed by the same person who did The Circus, which I LOVE), and I LOVE them, esp. in this colorway. so bright and cheery!

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I made this quilt just to test out quilting on my new machine, so it's not awesomely quilted, but it'll get the job done (those aren't stains, they're just dew from when I took the first pics)

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Scrappy Radiance for the Bean

sooo, remember that Radiance baby blanket? here's a bigger one, traditionally pieced (ie, not "quilted as I went"), basted, and quilted. image

i made it using a 1/2 yard bundle of 7 (i think) shades of pink/wine.

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I purposefully was a little sloppy/scrappy making this, sewing some pieces wrong side up, not perfectly squaring up the pieced blocks, etc, because I wanted to see if the quilting and washing would cover any flaws that beginners might make working with such silky fabrics.

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I quilted a different "flower" design in each block, per my daughter's instructions, except for the blocks in which I quilted her name... (below, you can see Fiona quilted in the bright pink block)

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it does fray more than regular cotton, so raw edges on a garment or something need to be well finished, but I'm not too worried since it's quilted down....

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it's backed with corduroy, and SO very lucious and soft, and the mistakes are ALL INVISIBLE.

I LOOOOOVE Radiance and can't wait to work with it more!!!

Birthday dress in a Jiffy

I have a stash of patterns that my Grandma gave me, used by her in the 60's (for my dad's little sister)... some of them are SO awful it's funny, and some are just plain wonderful. this one was wonderful.

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it's the Jiffy Dress on the upper right side....

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I tried really hard to get her to hold still so I could photograph it, but this is the best I could get.

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and this is the shot of the back.... ;)

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Luckily, it really was pretty quick to make up, because her first time wearing it, we went to Busy Bee and then picnicked in the park with friends, and her dress was soon covered in meatball sub.

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but she loved it, so it was worth it.

For an adorable architect

My friend Erik is an architect/urban planner. (he's also one of my daughter's godfathers). when I got this amazing new fabric (Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander), with blueprint-y prints, I knew I needed to make him something. He'd once commented on a crayon roll of the Bean's, saying it'd be great to have something like that for his pens and pencils. Perfect. I asked him how many slots, and then whipped this puppy out: image

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he's on a 2 month trip to Japan, Spain (and maybe England? I can't remember), so hopefully this is helping him in his travels...

LAMQG scrap swap

Our October (or maybe september) LAMQG swap was a scrap swap. I was lucky enough to get scraps from my friend Nicole, and one day, while looking at the scraps, I noticed that they all went well with this peachy-pink Essex Linen that I had. so I sewed up the pieces into little bits of patchy-goodness, and made all three sizes of Open-Wide pouches by Noodlehead. image

I love that they nest

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each is slightly different, but still awesome.

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the tiniest squares are 1". the biggest are 2"

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Bags n babies

D and I stopped by the new Daiso Japan store in Torrance last week. they have cute little metal clasp frames for $1.50, so I bought one and tried it out. image

I suck at glueing.

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and next time I'll make my own shape (less pear-y), but this time I followed the pattern that comes with the clasp. (Or, rather, I followed the pattern piece and illustrations. the instructions were written in Japanese, so they didn't help me much)

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but it came out cute, and the Bean was pleased.

Since I had that linen out.... I decided to try tiny hexies...

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I printed out a sheet of 1/4" hexies (man, there sure are a lot on 1 page! I cut about 40, and used 7)

here's my late night basting...

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I used a blanket stitch to applique them onto a scrap of linen, and made a zip pouch from it. came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

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I've been able to get a lot done these days (even though I'm not posting much. Everything is for Fall Market, and therefore hush hush), because my little dude spends a lot of time like this:

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Scrap/vintage sewing

I made this sunsuit from one of those vintage patterns I bought last month... it's a size 1, and I mostly wanted to see the construction and assembly... I think it came out cute enough that I'll draft a larger version for the Bean later this summer... image

I used leftover Essex Linen in awesome Hot Pink, (and my snap press instead of buttons)...

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I would imagine this would be even cuter with the bulk of diapers underneath....

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the fit was actually ok, except that she's WAY taller than the wearer is supposed to be... the straps would NOT reach.

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but it's still pretty cute. and the pattern as written was pretty neat. I'm thinking if I just took off the bib, and made the straps way longer, it'd be a super cute, vintage-esque shorts pattern for her to wear this summer.... I have some Essex in medium aqua left over... I might need to make a pair like this for Baby Crockett...

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not sure why she needed to stand on her toes for every shot, but it was so cute....

A boy doll for the Bean's boy...

My daughter's love is a little boy called Pickle (fate, right?). For his birthday she and I decided he needed a boy doll so he didn't always have to play with the girl dolls. She chose the Eddie doll from Wee Wonderfuls, and we made it yesterday and today. I used the scraps from the t-shirt I made for D to make Eddie's shirt. The Bean chose everything else. image

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