Thursday, August 25, 2011

Party Making In Full Swing

One of the reasons for which I like mass-producing so much is getting to use up the things in my hoard.

Get a load of that roll of webbing! It's the size of a dartboard! I bought it in my youth and I am thrilled to finally be whittling it down a bit.

Prototype finished yesterday for Emily's birthday party. Eleven more to go.

Speaking of mass producing,

we're making two pinatas this year.

Bizarre story: after finishing Layer #2 this afternoon, I left Twiddledum and Twiddledee (what I call them) out on our front path to dry. When I went to check on them later, one had disappeared. The buckets were overturned, and the second one was rolling about on our mulch. The girls panicked, naturally. I panicked, too, but mostly because I envisioned the thing having rolled into the street in front of a speeding car. We hunted around a bit and then gave it up for lost/roadkill. I daren't ask the neighbors - what could I have said? "Lovely day, isn't it? By the way, have you seen a er... giant newspaper-covered egg in your front yard/rolling past your vehicle, perchance? We seem to have lost one of ours." Having seen me taking photos of clothes and cardboard trees in the freezing snow, and drafting sewing slopers with all three children on our front siding in the heat of summer, they must already suspect I have a few screws loose. Why give them the satisfaction of being proven right?

Later, the husband came home from work and asked what our papier-mâché thing was doing sitting at the top of our street. Everyone shrieked and ran out of the house to recover it. We had to walk some way before we finally saw it, seven houses away, sitting placidly on somebody's front lawn. It had rolled uphill! Against gravity! If that wasn't clear evidence of it having tried to run away from home, I don't know what is. The children rescued it, gave it a big kiss and carried it back to our garage. I waited till they'd set it down and walked away before giving it a sound scolding myself. 

Here's Kate with the one that didn't get away.

Want to guess this year's theme? (No, not Alice in Wonderland.)


  1. Hmmm... I could totally see those pinatas becoming penguins.

  2. You're a tease Lier! I'm still getting over the dressmaking mannekin you made! LOL Love the back pack you made too. You're just way too clever. Can't wait to see and hear about the birthday party. I'm too tired to guess! LOL

    Anne xx

  3. What needle do you use to sew the webbing? I have an old sewing machine, a White heavy duty, but when I tried sewing webbing last year, it choked. I gave up. Thanks!

  4. Ooohh... I needed some giggles this morning. Thanks for your egg story!

    How about 'the goose that laid the golden egg'?

  5. That bag looks amazing - lucky party attendees!

    No guess as to the theme - any more clues?

  6. The bag is adorable! And I love pinatas. Only made one so far, and I quickly learnt not to try to dry the pinata super fast in the oven *lol*

  7. I think it's around the world in 80 days.

    I think that's what I want to be the theme of MY party. (I'll be turning 34.)

  8. The black and white stripes make me think of Olivia the Pig.....

  9. No ideas on the theme- you are much more creative than I. Is that a messenger bag I see? Oh, I do hope there will be tips if it is. I have been really struggling with one for a week. You have endless energy and creativity! (love the cardboard post today)

  10. I love your girls' parties, can't wait to see what you & Emily have planned for this year!

  11. Love love love the bag! Really hoping there might be a pattern/tutorial for that one?!?! :)


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