Glacier Star Journey – Month 3

With all the craziness of the upcoming cruise I got a jump start on Technique 3 for my Glacier Star TOM.  Last month Linda had given us a preview of the Lone Star units and gave tips on how to audition the diamonds.  I had pieced the different sections before class, having worked on the strip piecing for the Bali Bed Runner this came together pretty quickly.  I waited for class to have a refresher on matching up the points for technique #3

Glacier Star TOM - Strip Piecing Technique #3
Glacier Star TOM – Strip Piecing Technique #3

 

With most of that work out of the way I had planned to jump ahead to Technique 5, I wanted to created the Feathered Star units before doing the center star as I was having trouble visualizing what color to pick for the accent in the center.  I knew I wanted the goldenrod color, but was debating on whether I should use the maroon color or something else.  So while everyone else was working away on Technique 3 I started to tackle my cutting….  I don’t know what was wrong with me but it was not a good workshop day…

Glacier Star TOM - Three parts that make the Lone Star
Glacier Star TOM – Three parts that make the Lone Star

 

So I had packed my supplies by memory (big mistake) and forgot things like my cutting mat, pencil & paper clips.  I was also missing a template piece I needed.  I borrowed one from a neighbour, but the shop was super busy and it took 20 min just to get one of the staff to photocopy it for me.  Then once I finally got around to working a big drop of liquid came falling down on my paper pieces, I think it was from the air conditioner.  I messed up my first two attempts on the feathers, had to seam rip them apart (twice on one of them) and at one point I misplaced my ruler completely.  I tell you, the gnomes were defiantly playing tricks on us Saturday!  One of my tablemates had her machine cover walk off on her, how does that happen?

Glacier Star TOM -Completed Units for Technique #3

 

I decided that it was not going to be a great sewing workshop and packed up early, only finishing 2/3 of 8 (of 16) units.  I was so frustrated I didn’t even take pictures.   I packed up and spent some time shopping around the store, which I needed to get some stuff for my sister anyway.

Glacier Star TOM - Lone Star for Technique #3

Glacier Star TOM – Lone Star for Technique #3

 

On a happy note, Linda demo’d on my Lone Star units and I got it captured on film about how lovely a job I did trimming up my pieces!  I’ve also learned for next month to use the supply list when doing my pre-class packing.

Demo of Piecing the Units Together
Demo of Piecing the Units Together

Monday Morning Minnie Count

This weekend I got some progress on my Fish Extender gifts for our upcoming Disney Cruise at the end of this month.  I’m in the process of making Minnie Mouse YoYos to applique on the back of some tissue covers.

 

Close up of a completed FE Minnie Mouse ears
Close up of a completed FE Minnie Mouse ears

 

I have 25 packs of tissues and their corresponding holders completed, they didn’t that long I was surprised.  I finished over half of them while my husband was giving my son a bath.

 

Creating the Tissue Covers
Creating the Tissue Covers

 

Cranked out the last of them in a quick sewing session on Saturday.

 

Tissue covers - Sewing complete now for the Applique!
Tissue covers – Sewing complete now for the Applique!

 

At last count I have 23/25 polka dot bows my sister made and last night I finished the 17th set of ears (“Mickey Mouse mommie!” my son squeals).  So only 8 more to go and then to attach all the bows and stitch them onto the tissue holders.

 

YoYo soon to become Minnie Mouse
YoYo soon to become Minnie Mouse

 

Attaching Minnie Mouse YoYo
Attaching Minnie Mouse YoYo

 

Bows and Ears waiting to be assembled
Bows and Ears waiting to be assembled

Who’s a Pretty Bird?

At the end of this month my family and my sister’s clan are all taking a Disney cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.  When we started talking to Nathan about it we told him diapers aren’t allowed on the boat, that he’d have to be potty trained to go with us.  Last month my husband took him downtown to see the cruise ship, hoping to excite him into getting out of diapers.  We’ve been struggling with this, you see he can’t be bothered to use the toilet.  It’s not that he can’t do it, it’s that he rather draw/play/sing/clean or any excuse not to go to the bathroom.

 

Starting the count down to our cruise!
Starting the count down to our cruise!

 

On the 1st I pulled out a Playmobile pirate Advent calendar I picked up at Toys R Us during their clearance sale right after Christmas.  When I realized there wasn’t enough time to make a countdown calendar I remembered I had this stashed in the closet.  It had no Christmas characters and it just so happens our departure date is the 25th!  Perfect!

I was taking him to the Aquarium and when we got downtown to catch a connecting bus I noticed a cruise ship in port and remembered that Mondays are the days the Disney Wonder is in Port.  We detoured to the waterfront to check out the ship and reinforced the idea that our adventure is only 3 weeks away!

This will be my first cruise and if you have never been on a Disney Cruise they have all these weirdoes (fanatics?) that do this thing called a Fish Externder.  Go ahead and google it, it’s all over Etsy, Pintreset, Facebook, Instagram and of course the Disboards (Disney’s Messageboards).  In simplest terms it’s a gift exchange, in reality it is a pain in the pattotie for those of us who like to make things but keep putting it off.  You see, the “list” doesn’t become official until the closing date to be able to cancel/transfer your sailing.  This gave us about three months before the cruise, but the ideas didn’t really start coming together until last week.

 

So one of the things my sister and I came up with was finger puppets for the boys under 5.  We have these paper treasure chests and thought characters from Jake and the Neverland Pirates would be adorable.  Here is the result of my first parrot, Skully.  Nathan recognized them right away.

Drafting Skully
Drafting Skully

 

Every time I look at him I think of the episode of Jake where Skully finds a mirror and I keep hearing “Who’s a pretty bird?” in my head.

 

First four finger puppets complete
First four finger puppets complete

 

Good news: 4 year old approved.

Bad news: I now have to make an extra set for him.

Testing out the puppet
Testing out the puppet