1. I thought this pattern for baby boots was the cutest thing ever, and they did turn out pretty well. The big downside is that they don’t stay on M’s feet for more than a second. I thought they’d stay in place, since the tops of the boots can be tightened around her leg, but nope. As soon as she takes a step, they start sliding down and bunch up under her heels. I’m not sure why / what the solution is. They’re borderline too small for her (the pattern only goes up to size 5, which should be okay for M, but my seams might have been too generous), but it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t just slip off more quickly if they were bigger. Shoot!
2. I haven’t done much screen printing, but when I’ve made screens in the past, I’ve always used drawing fluid and screen filler. When I took it out the other day, both bottles had dried up! The bottles of photo emulsion seemed okay (they all came in the same starter kit a few years back), so I tried that method for the first time. I cut out the shapes from card and taped them to a large piece of glass, and then I used a dry-erase marker to make the little dots. I wasn’t sure the screen had exposed properly (I used one of my big CFL grow-light bulbs) because the emulsion didn’t really change color. But it washed out perfectly! I did some test prints on canvas last night, and I quite like it. I could use some more practice with the printing process!
3. My grandma got rid of some of her old sewing patterns a while back, and I now have McCall’s pattern 6322, which has a few different stuffed animals. I just had to try making the duck, and it’s very duck-shaped! I’m not sure I’ve ever used a pattern for a stuffed animals that wasn’t basically doll-style. This one was quite clever, and I had fun picking out the fabric from my stash. M will get it for Christmas.
I do most of my sewing/creating on the weekend or after dinner, but it’s pretty much always while M is awake and playing. She’s (usually) so good at playing independently, although I’ve been naughtily letting her disorganize things to get a few more minutes to finish projects here and there. The family room is a little bit shocking right now — she figured out how to get to the DVDs, so she’s done a thorough job of inspecting those, and she’s about halfway through sorting out the box of fabric scraps she found. I had filled a basket with baby toys that she’d outgrown, but I didn’t get it put away into storage yet, so of course she found those, and OF COURSE they’re now the funnest toys in the house. But never mind. She’s happy, and it can all get tidied up later.