Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Watercolor Cacti Cards

A couple of weekends ago, while Greg and Evelyn were in Montana for the weekend, I took Parker with me to check out made. a local market for the first time.

We poked around for a bit, but a squirmy toddler who is too big for a stroller and also too big to be constantly held makes for a distracted shopping experience. In any case, I found a few goodies:

from left to right, top to bottom: Boho clear stamp set from Boho Cottage | Macrame keychains from Moss Points North | tassel keychain from Hampton Press | Sizzlin’ Cilantro Salsa spices from Gonga Breath Salsa and Dip Co

Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I hadn't expected to come across a stamp set while at the market, and so I looked forward to making some cards with it, especially since those cacti were ripe for watercoloring!

Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Watercolor Cacti Cards | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I used regular cardstock for the watercoloring instead of actual watercolor paper, so that may have contributed to some bleeding when the cardstock got really saturated with water. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36-Color Set watercolors.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit

I felt compelled to see the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit at the Heard Museum last weekend, seeing as how this weekend is the last, and this is the only North American stop.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

It was a little crazy trying to find a parking spot even last weekend, and the exhibit was crowded. Thankfully, my brother agreed to watch Parker while I checked out the exhibit, otherwise I feel like it would have been even crazier trying to wrangle Parker plus deal with the crowd at the museum.

A couple of famous paintings by Frida Kahlo:
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Photos from her life:
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Clothing style:
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

A couple of spots at the museum meant for social media. Since I was alone, I didn't have someone taking a picture of me and I didn't want to do a selfie, but I still liked the backgrounds:
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

And lastly, not Frida and Diego exhibit related, but I liked this colorful glass installation:
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wiksten Tank Dress and Charcoal Suiting

After finishing the whale print chambray Wiksten tank, I decided I wanted to tackle the dress version.

I picked a suiting fabric, mostly because I wanted something that could be washed and dried without wrinkling, so then I don't need to steam or iron every time I want to wear it. (The pre-wash and dry of the fabric is a good test for how it holds up during my preferred wash and dry cycles).

Wiksten Tank Dress and Charcoal Suiting | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern:
  • Extended the length of the dress a couple of inches so it wouldn't be too short.
  • Raised the neckline an inch

I also meant to adjust the cutting of the pattern around the neck in the back (like here: Striped Wiksten Tank by Made by Rae), but I forgot to do that while I was cutting out the pattern. Since the neckline gaping wasn't really an issue for me, I wasn't too broken up over it.

The dress is a pretty relaxed fit since you just pull it on, so the plan is to wear it belted to define the waist.

Finishing this dress means I've completed Fringe Association's Summer of Basics Make-along (holla!). My other Summer of Basics projects:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Parker's Satin Binding Obsession

Both Evie and Parker have baby blankets of the same style: minky with satin binding.

Parker didn't take to a stuffed animal like Evelyn did with Roo, but he is attached to his minky blanket and in particular, he likes to suck on his thumb while feeling the satin.

I thought it was funny and cute when Parker quickly honed in on the satin-like tags on a set of Mario-themed pajamas and the thumb-sucking commenced, because he associates the satin with his blankie and going to bed.

Parker's Satin Binding Obsession | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Parker's Satin Binding Obsession | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The toddler stage is occasionally trying (more so for me sometimes, I think, because Greg has a more commanding presence than I do), but generally adorable, and I enjoy seeing how much Parker is picking up (ABCs, counting, vocabulary, etc.). He seems to be learning a lot recently and I'm surprised when he says or does things that I didn't know he knew, such as words in Spanish that he gets from the daycare teachers. Just the other night, he busted out "rojo" after saying "red" while referring to Lightning McQueen, ha ha!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spider Web Circle Skirt

A couple of months ago, I let Evelyn pick out some fabric while we were at JoAnn to make into skirts.

In reality, that first sentence doesn't do the fabric shopping experience with Evelyn justice. First we started with one skirt, then it became a sheer skirt with lining, then it became two skirts (one sheer and one solid). And the actual selecting of fabric? Well, after walking by many pretty bolts of fabric, the winners were a solid black knit and . . . sheer spider web fabric!

Spider Web Circle Skirt | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Halloween is half a year away (at least, it was when we bought the fabric), but hey, that's cool. You do you, Evelyn.

I followed this Circle Skirt Tutorial from Made Everyday and tackled the spider web fabric first.

Spider Web Circle Skirt | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Spider Web Circle Skirt | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

It was overall an easy skirt to make. I had built it up in my head to be a difficult thing. Probably the most time consuming part of it was hemming the fabric. I think the material being slippery had something to do with it.

Over the weekend, I took some pictures of Evelyn in the skirt. She's funny and such a child of technology because she asked me to post pictures of her in the skirt on Instagram and Facebook!

Spider Web Circle Skirt | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Spider Web Circle Skirt | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Spider Web Circle Skirt | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Next, I'll be tackling the black knit skirt!

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