Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Me Made May, starting tomorrow!

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I have been watching the Me Made challenges at So, Zo (where people pledge to wear clothes they made every day for a month) for a long time, each time wishing I had the mental energy to participate. I have plenty of clothes I've made, and I even wear them on a regular basis. I'm interested in seeing if I can really manage to wear something self made every day for a month. It will seriously limit variety in wardrobe which is a known problem for me. Hopefully, I can find time to make a couple of new things to counteract any feeling of being penned in I might have. I plan to also try to take pictures of my outfits and post them to my Flickr, which will hopefully help me figure out a good spot in the house to use the self timer on my camera. Or maybe Moira will take my picture. We shall see. Below is my pledge.

I, Shannon Hillinger of Pineapples & Artichokes, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one item of each day for the duration of May 2013. I also pledge to sew at least two more garments during this month.

3/17. Green
If nothing else, this challenge means that I will find out if I'm actually willing to wear this shirt on a regular day and risk it's destruction.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mamatography week 16

4/5. Something Good
4/5. Something Good
Moira wanted to make a cake while her Grandpa was here since he won't get to come for her actual birthday. She decorated it herself, by piling everything in the center and being annoyed that the sides weren't getting covered.

4/6. Air
4/6. Air
I love the sound of popping lids.

4/7. Dreamy
4/7. Dreamy
I love when the kids get so into an activity that nothing distracts them. Davis was going to take all the magnets off the fridge if it was the last thing he did!

4/8. On Your Plate
4/8. On Your Plate
This was all that was left of dinner. I guess it was a hit. Recipe here.

4/9. Tiny
4/9. Tiny

4/10. A Place
4/10. A Place
I went out with my good friend JW and we played Arkham. We totally played it wrong, because I didn't want to spend half an hour reading the instructions, but we still lost. We also got a number of compliments on our excellent game choice.

4/11. Detail
4/11. Detail
We went to Chuck E Cheese with Lauren and the hobo kids because she had agreed to test their new phone ap, but it wouldn't run on her phone. All the kids thought it was awesome. Well, Davis and Alrik didn't really care, but they got pizza and ice cream out of it, so they were happy.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mamatography weeks 14 & 15

I plain forgot about this last Wednesday, so I'm going to do two weeks at once.

3/22. About You
3/22. About You
My hold list at the library.

3/23. What You do for Fun
3/23. What You do for Fun
So many of my recent pictures are Norwescon related, because this is the big thing I do every year. I realized when I was packing that every outfit I packed was handmade, and I was so happy. My two big fun things (sewing and Norwescon) go so well together. After I took this picture, I swapped out the black shirts for some colorful ones, because why the heck not. There was actually one more outfit added, made from the tshirt I got for being staff, and a lot of the kid's stuff was made by me too.

3/24. Up
3/24. Up
Pinata time! I was impressed that the kids actually managed to kill the pinata on their own. Then the birthday girl decided to kill it all the way after everyone had gotten their goody bag.

3/25. In Your Drawer
3/25. In Your Drawer
Walker is obsessed with keeping the condiment packets that come with takeout. We have a lot of red pepper flakes.

3/26. Something I Did
3/26. Something I Did
I attacked the ivy. It's a start?

3/27. Pair
3/27. Pair
We played SkipBo. It's been awhile for me, and I forgot a bunch of rules.

3/28. In the Mirror
3/28. In the Mirror
Ready to dance. This skirt was not a good dancing skirt. Lesson learned.

3/29. Goodnight
3/29. Goodnight
Moira got to stay up late and go to her very first dance (and stayed up late to do it). She had a great time doing ballet with my friend Kimberly.

3/30. Relax
3/30. Relax
Party hard, drink a bunch, sounds relaxing, right? Good thing I only do it once a year.

3/31. Stuff
3/31. Stuff
All packed up and ready to go home.

4/1. Play
4/1. Play
We went to talk to the architect about the plans for our future garage, and they had this cool barn out for the kids to play with. Moira gave Davis all the non-farm animals to play with, like the triceratops and the giraffe, but he wanted to play peek-a-boo instead.

4/2. Blue
4/2. Blue
I really need to clean my sewing room up soon. It is amusing that all this blue stuff (a box of patterns, a quilt that needs binding, and bits from my gypsy costume) all ended up piled together.

4/3. Something That Begins With an A
4/3. Something Beginning With A
Art time!

4/4. This Happened Today
4/4. This Happened Today
The start of a canning binge. We need to defrost the freezer, so I needed to process all the leftover bits from summer. I did tomato sauce and paste, two kinds of stock, and apricot jam before I ran out of energy.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A brief, and non comprehensive history of Skittles

AKA, my costuming group at Norwescon, and how that happened.

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Once upon a time I made a friend who was so fabulous that when she was told a specific dinner we were going to was fancy dress, the only thing in my closet that was fancy enough to go with the thing she was wearing was my wedding dress.
Sadly, she is allergic to man made materials, and had to admit after wearing that dress for an evening that she needed some new costumes.

The witches
At the same time, her daughter convinced her it would be a good idea to make two new costumes for the next Norwescon, and I thought it sounded like fun and wanted in. And then our friend, Sika, who was in the Peace Corps was planning on sneaking back into the country just for the con, so Pearl made 6 costumes in one year. We were witches.

Faerie group
And faeries.
We all agreed that was fun, but, um, Pearl and Sika were both allergic to parts of the new costumes, and I hated my faerie, and Mirella kept growing... So we all agreed we should do it again.

Norwescon 33: Pearl and Shannon
We didn't though. I had a new baby, Sika was just back from the Peace Corps, Pearl had school, and we just weren't organized. Pearl did make the 4 of us coordinating shirts in our favorite colors, which we wore together, although this is the closest we have to a group photo. In about 30 minutes of standing together, no less than 4 people shouted, "Skittles!" at us, which reminded us how much fun it was to walk around together all coordinated and silly.

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So the next year, we did. We agreed that we would all take turns picking a costume, and that we would all be as colorful and bright and fun as possible. We made/let Pearl pick first since she had done so much sewing at the start of this. She picked "Marie Antoinette in the countryside." With the caveat that we would all use a similar pattern, and have crinkle cotton for our base fabric.

Chinoiserie gypsies
The next year, it was Sika's turn to pick again, because I already knew what I wanted to do, and it didn't work with my need to carry a baby around that year's convention. We were "Chinoiserie Gypsies" and we were joined by Davis, Kimberly, and her baby Audrey. We all had black fabric bases, and each used a little of every one's brocade in our costumes.

Ranbow clown posse
Then it was my turn to pick, and the theme was "Harlequinade." We were joined by Angela and her husband Matt. I made costumes for the kids too, but we didn't try and get them in the group shot. The rules were to use diamonds somewhere in our costumes, have a silly, small hat, and use elements of 18th century underwear. I think this one took the longest to put on at the convention, but everyone seemed very happy with their costumes. Plus, someone suggested we walk around in rainbow order, and that was pretty cool.

I am frequently asked what book or movie a specific costume is from. We aren't doing cosplay, we are taking a theme and doing our own interpretations of them. It's possible that in the future someone might pick a book or movie to be our theme, but we are not ever going to be a group that makes exact replicas of already created costumes. Among the ideas we have for future projects are "Capitol citizens from the Hunger Games" and "Historically accurate Disney Villans, but we also have things like "Flowers," "Birds," and "Planets" on our list. Thank you to Michael Hanscom, Pearl Young, and Jessica Holman for the photos.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

This guy

Pretty boy
I'd say we have a full blown toddler on our hands. His latest thing is that he MUST walk where we are going. Unless he's tired, or his feelings are hurt, or I forced him to put his shoes back on, or whatever. He especially wants to walk if I didn't put his shoes back on and it's raining/muddy, but then he only walks a little bit before realizing that parts of him are wet, and also dirty, and I should clean him off right now.
He has to do everything Moira does, from art, to reading, to getting his own snack, thankyouverymuch. He has to try some of whatever anyone else is eating too. Eating requires a plate and utensils now, and he frequently manages to get his food onto his fork. It frequently also requires a napkin, so he can clean his mouth between bites.
He loves to get fancy, and think about wearing a hat, although does not like to actually keep anything on his head. He has also discovered my chapstick and how tingly it is.
Davis' nirvana
He still loves climbing on tables. This was his own personal nirvana, a whole ballroom full of tables and chairs that no one was using! He played in there by himself for 20 minutes before they came to reset the room, and I had to take him out.
He would like to have a straw in his cup, actually, let him hold the straw and drink from your cup, no not that cup! THAT cup!
He still loves art, and any pen he comes across requires paper. He has also painted, played with playdough, and done stickers, mostly without spillage or trying to eat the supplies.
Time to plant
He has discovered the side yard, and the wonder that is digging in the dirt. Moira cannot go outside without him, unless I want to listen to 15 minutes of screaming (hint, I do not). She also can't go downstairs to my parent's without him, with the same caveat. But! At least he's stopped trying to pull everything off the shelves all the time, so he can actually play down there for a little.
He had a language explosion at Norwescon, and now says ee (eat), go, ease (cheese), mommy, daddy, duh (dog) and no. I think he also has a words for Moira, Nain, and Grumpy, but I haven't pinned those down yet. He reliably signs more, all done, and milk. (He woke up shortly after I finished this post and made it totally clear that the word for Moira is "tee tee")
We checked out a Signing Time video from the library and Moira started doing the sign for milk, which we were using to mean nursing, for the milk in the fridge. Prior to this, she NEVER asked to drink milk, so whatever. Davis, of course started doing it too, leading to much confusion where Walker would bring him to me, and then Davis would arch back and SCREAM while frantically signing "milk! milk!" So, that was fun.
Washing dishes
He likes to help, a lot. He loads and unloads the washer and dryer, including closing the doors and pushing buttons, same with the dishwasher. He likes to put away his diapers and wipes. In fact, we can get him to put pretty much anything away, just by asking. He's not quite tall enough to wash dishes, but he wants to try. If I am cooking, especially if Moira is helping, he wants to help. Fortunately, he is content to just be at counter height and watch, although I did start giving him spoons of batter to lick while Moira was licking the beaters and spatulas, which has lead to him looking for spatulas at other people's houses to lick, just in case there's some forgotten cookie dough on them.
You can't escape the Davis
You cannot run. You cannot hide. Davis is coming for you, and he'd like you to wipe his hands for him please.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mamatography Week 13

3/15. Explore
3/15. Explore
We went to Canada and Davis discovered how fun it is to do your own walking, which made the fact that we were walking long distances much harder.

3/16. 9' o'clock
3/16. 9 o'clock
We were checking out of the hotel at 9am.

3/17. Green
3/18. Green
Last sewing day for my costuming group, and I was so close to being done with my costume!

3/18. Shoes
3/18. Shoes
We really need a new shoe storage system.

3/19. A Sign
3/19. A sign
This sign lives at the top of our hill in the winter, but it's usually folded up near the sidewalk. I have no clue why it was in the middle of the street this day.

3/20. Clean
3/20. Clean
Davis decided it was his job to reorganize the rocks in this yard near the bus stop.

3/21. Working
3/21. Working
We got a new fridge! And it actually works. Our dishwasher took a lot longer to get installed correctly.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.