Tuesday, May 26, 2009

pony party (some craft ideas, too)

Aubie turned 5 last week, and this past weekend we had her party. She requested a pony party, so here's what it looked like:
Waiting to pull the pinata strings. Does this pinata look sorta familiar?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle has a whole new meaning to me now... Like, revamping last year's castle pinata by painting a couple of horses and turning it into a "pony palace" or...
cutting the pony tails from the end of a purple plastic table cloth I've been able to reuse for several years.
Easy Pin the Tail on the Pony: Online horse coloring page, magnified on Paint, then printed (on several pages) and traced onto a Dollar Tree shower curtain.
Aubie opening gifts. She loved all of her pony presents especially!

Time for cake and icecream!

Jill with her pony.
A whole bunch of ponies. I was having a bit of trouble coming up with ideas to go along with the pony party theme. Why not make hobby horses? I found this great tutorial and improvised a bit. Instead of a dowel rod, I used mops from the Dollar Tree. Aubie has been wanting a unicorn hobby horse for several months now, but I didn't want to spend $15 on one that was too short for her. Since I bought new fabric for her horse, I'd say her's cost maybe $3 or $4. For all the others I used scraps that I already had, so they ended up costing around $1.50.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

the latest project

I'm sure you've been wondering where I've been. The past two weeks, I was working on this:

I did a lot more hand quilting on this one than I have on the past few quilts. Since I was getting paid for it, I wanted to put more effort in to it, obviously. I really had forgotten how relaxing it was to sit and hand quilt. I have got to get a quilt going just for fun!
Also, I was working on a refashion project for Mixtape Zine--an Australian Magazine published by the founder of Wardrobe Refashion. But I'll let you know more about that when the article comes out.