If you paid attention to the Party In My Tummy schedule, you’ll notice I’m falling behind and I was supposed to post about blanching. Well, I blanched Kohlrabi yesterday and there really wasn’t anything interesting to see or talk about. I would really just be asking you to hang out in my kitchen with me and watch water boil. How boring is that? So, no tutorial on blanching, sorry.
So I thought I’d share my entry into the So You Think You’re Crafty contest. Did you vote? Did you vote for me? All the contestant projects were awesome and the ladies are all super talented, which means I’m in deep trouble! I’ve been using every spare moment to work on my contest entries, and things are starting to fall by the roadside…like laundry and dishes…and my birthday! 🙂
Still, I’ve got big plans…for the blog, not for the birthday. I have to find some leeks to clean, and a steak to sear in my cast iron pan(s), and I’m so happy to be working with some of my bestest blogger friends to host a crazy summer party in a week! Stay tuned while we figure out the details, but get your summer-y posts ready to go and ready to link up!
(Update for Pinspired and Rewired:) This project was inspired this post on Pinterest.
This is a project that has been on my to-do list for a while now, and it feels good to be finally done! I saw a free PDF of a “geeky growth chart” on the Internet that an ambitious and sci-fi oriented dad put together for his child, and it really called out to my inner nerd. Now with a munchkin of my own, I really wanted to display this ingenious idea in my home, but printing the PDF out on paper and hanging it up is just asking for it to be ripped down by little hands! So, I printed the document out in pieces, taped it together, made some very large appliques from the pattern, and created a fabric version of the Geeky Growth Chart!
This was my first time working with appliques of any sort, so it was quite the learning process. I used different shades of green and gray fabric, and drew the height markers using a fabric pen, only labeling each foot up to 7 feet, since Darth Vader is well over 6 feet tall. Heights are attached with a little label and a safety pin, so I won’t have to mark up the chart itself.
Since this project needed a piece of fabric as the backing anyways, I decided to use the empty space and create a second growth chart design and make the whole thing reversible. I wanted a “cuter” version, just in case the munchkin wasn’t into science fiction (blasphemous!). That meant the toadstools I used to doodle when I was younger would definitely be a part of the design, but I couldn’t just fill all that white space with toadstools. (or could I?) I guess you can call this side “From the Ground Up”. It starts at ground level with toadstools and trees and some balloons, then a small hill with more trees and toadstools. Then as you grow, you see houses and buildings. (The idea of industrial building silhouettes came from Freight Train, by Donald Crews.) You’ll climb hills and mountains, and then finally, you are among the stars!
I finished by using a dowel and some baker’s twine to hang it up. Not that I want the munchkin to grow up to be 7 feet tall, nor be like Darth Vader, (although reaching for the stars is good) but I’m quite happy with this reversible “artwork” hanging in our hallway!