We just got back from my niece's 6th birthday party. Here's the wee apron I knocked out to go with the cooking for kids book that we gave her. Don't look too closely: I was still working on it an hour before the party was due to begin, so it's not the best topstitching I've ever done...
It's reversible - cupcakes on one side, pink squares on the other. I'm going to make a similar one for another niece, although I'm thinking of making a couple of changes to my basic idea. It was a nice and easy project, though. Hm, I wonder for how much longer my son will be willing to model pink aprons for my blog?
.The good news is that the smoky haze has cleared (I don't know who suffers more, the stir-crazy kids or me being stuck in the house with stir-crazy kids) and the weather is cooling off a little around here. I can finally wear jeans instead of shorts. It's still hard to get in the mood for the holidays when I don't even need a jumper (sweater) yet, though.
The kids and I did sit down yesterday to make some ornaments (I'll show you next time) so hopefully things will start feeling more festive around here soon. I think I'll start decorating soon after Thanksgiving. I need some physical reminder that Christmas is fast approaching if I'm going to get started on Christmas present making...
Translation of the day:
My sister-in-law's sister reminded me of this one today:
UK English: fag = cigarette in US English
UK English: faggot = a kind of meatball or a bundle of sticks in US English
US English: faggot (and the shortened form 'fag') = disparaging term for a homosexual man
British folk tend to know the American translation, so this is more for the benefit of the Americans amongst you, so that you don't get offended when Brits 'pop outside for a fag' or offer you faggots for dinner...
The bad news: one of the recent updates my friend posted on the site about 5 year old Diego: "Sorry I did not update yesterday. We needed to speak with family first. Diego may have some pneumonia but the main problem is the tumors in his chest have grown considerably. We have had some tough choices to make and for now we are going to continue fighting. He continues to have high fevers, heart rate and respiration. I will update when I can."
I've been wanting to do something for them, besides occasionally subjecting them to my awful cooking. I am considering making a fabric dollhouse and doing some sort of online raffle for it to raise some money to go in the non-profit fund, but when I have contacted paypal for more details on the fees and charges that would be made against (hopefully) lots of small online payments, they have only sent an impersonal reply requiring that I have a paypal account and link my question to that account. I was wondering if any of you have had much experience with using paypal - or other forms - to receive payments, especially low monetary value ones. My e-mail address is over there on the left, if you want to contact me directly. Would people even be interested in winning one?
Any other ideas would also be welcome. How any parent endures what they are going through, I don't know.