Birthday Season

April 24-30, 2021 – Parker turns 4

I’ve mentioned it before, but our family adopted a wonderful concept called “Birthday Season” from Heather, first written about here …

And so, I decided to celebrate Parker’s 4th Birthday Season with a week’s worth of patches, which began with a real party with real (vaccinated) people on Saturday, April 24 …

There was also homemade pizza, fired up in Paul’s birthday season oven …

And while I don’t have any pictures of the very very blue Frozen ice cream cake frenzy, I do have a picture of Ellis greeting the waxing gibbous moon …

We returned on Tuesday to celebrate Parker’s actual birthday, but I was so in the moment that there are only a few pictures to share …

Along the way, Meg commented that P has been making peace signs recently when getting her picture taken. “We don’t know how that started,” she mused …

“peace out 3”

Don looked at me and I looked at Don. Then I fessed up, “well, I might have had something to do with that.”

So in the true spirit of Birthday Season, I’ll leave you with these patches of Tina’s pink and Deb’s blue stitched with variegated thread …

all taken from P’s signature on this art project, shown to us by her very proud big brother …

P.S. There may be a few more pictures to come because, you know, Birthday Season 😉

That’s a wrap … or is that a warp?

March 31, 2021 – Easter egg

While I was in St Louis, I bought an egg spinning kit for Jace and Jackson at Target. Meliss waited until it was closer to Easter before turning them loose and then called on Facetime so I could see them in action …

Luckily I had the perfect thrift store cloth match for an egg patch.

With the month of a March finally done and stitched onto the January and February patches, I discovered a problem: the cloth was warped, visibly wider at the bottom than the top row of black and white patches.

Thinking it might help, I made a new row of black and white patches the same size as the top row and eased (well actually, forced) everything together …

But it was obvious that the March patches were buckling, plus the new row of black and white patches was stretched beyond reasonable.

I took them all apart and found my eyes hadn’t been lyin’ …

I think this could best be called mission creep. So it’s back to the drawing board to do a little what-iffing 😉