Frigidaire Flair on Mad Men

It was only a matter time before the Frigidaire Flair was used on the set of Mad Men.  Check it out!  A double oven Frigidaire Flair made a guest appearance on the season 5 premiere of Mad Men last month.  Screen shot via Uncle Atom.

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EasterKiwis 2012

Not a huge batch this year.  Think famous cartoon couples, completed in the minimalist style.  Inspired by the minimalist LEGO ads that everyone was posting about a few weeks back.

Bert and Ernie

Homer and Marge

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Baby Quilt

Make a quilt has been on my list of goals for a while.  Last year I got a gift certificate for a class at the Cambridge Quilt Shop.  It was an excellent class and I finally finished the final touches recently.  I chose to make a baby quilt, with mostly blue space themed fabric.  I machine quilted it with a walking foot on my sewing machine.  If you look closely you can see that I had some fun quilting 4 stars.  I did need some help from a friend with the complicated binding process.

Here is a shot including the underside of the quilt.

The pattern is from a book called Even More Quilts for Baby, Easy as A B C, by Ursula Reikes.  I am very happy to check off make a quilt from my life list.  Yay!

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Cactus Flower

My cactus actually got a flower in my garden window in the winter.  I’m in shock!  Especially since I’ve never managed to have a cactus flower anytime of year.

BTW  I have been really challenging myself to use the manual settings of my DSLR camera more often. #lifelist

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Frigidaire Flair Manual

I came across the old manual to our dearly departed Frigidaire Flair recently.  Before shipping it off to the new owner of our stove I scanned the manual, thinking it could be a resource for all of the Flair enthusiasts out there.  Click here to download.  Enjoy!

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The 2011 EasterKiwis

The tradition continues.  Introducing the EasterKiwis of 2011 . . .

The JFK mini-series:

Will and Kate:

Black Swan:

Charlie Sheen:

and  a Vampire:

Not our best year, but we were happy to get any done at all this crazy year.

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Caterpillar Bib

A baby gift that I made a while back based on the Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

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Wine Cork Keychains

Here is another crafty wedding project from my brother’s wedding. Made these as favors for the rehearsal dinner and at my brother’s wedding.  I’m a big fan of this project because it reuses one of my favorite things, wine corks!  I found the instructions on the Craft website.

If anyone is interested in ordering a set you can find them in my etsy store, which I officially launched yesterday.

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Bird Crafts

This project turned out to be good for a wedding and baby gifts.  My brother and his wife had a love bird theme for their wedding way back when they got married in 2009.  It was cool then, but now I can’t help but laugh when I think about the Put a Bird on It sketch on Portlandia.  I helped make a bunch of birds to be included as their centerpieces and a take home item for guests.  The birds were featured on Apartment Therapy and the pattern can be downloaded here via Spool Sewing.  I found the instructions easy to follow and the project really forced me to become more confident with my sewing machine.  I added some lavender to the stuffing, because I figured they might end up in someone’s drawer so it may as well make it smell good.

Here are some pictures of the birds at my house before they traveled to Burlington, VT for the wedding.  Somehow I managed to forget to take a picture of them when they were on the tables at the wedding.  Each table had a nest with two birds in it and there were more than enough birds for all guests to take one home.

After making so many birds I felt like I could make them with my eyes closed so I decided to actually make a few mobiles when a few babies were on their way in the family recently.  I wasn’t a fan of using branches in my house so I bought a pair of wooden circles at a craft store that were intended for purse handles and @lbjay drilled some holes in them for me with a fine drill bit.  I also decided to use black and white fabric combined with bright colors since infants are drawn to those color combinations.  I strung the mobile together with black crochet string and some large colorful beads.

Here is one that we gave to our cousins:

and here is our baby gazing at his.  I added a bird to the center of this one.  He really likes to look at it.  The mobile has never made its way  to his crib.  We have kept it over our dining room table, which keeps him occupied while we are eating.

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Paint by Number Wall Mural

A while back I was totally inspired by Scott and Cheryl’s Paint by Number Wall mural and was determined to find a wall in my house to do the same.  When I was 8 months pregnant and it was time to decorate our nursery I decided to move ahead with this plan.  First I scoured the internet to find a paint by number image that I liked.  I found the image that we ended up using on a paint by number website called New stories for Paint by Numbers.  We weren’t looking for anything that screamed baby, instead wanting it to seem more like a view or window.

Next I borrowed a projector from work and we got to work tracing the image on the wall.  Since the projector didn’t cover the entire wall we split the image up into 4 sections and did once quarter at a time.

Of course we had to put the numbers on so we would know what color to paint.

and have a color cheat sheet

Here are some pics of the progress.  Wish I took more while we were painting the colors.

Done!

Here it is with furniture.  Unfortunately the rest of the room isn’t quite finished, but I hope to soon.

The baby really seems to like looking at it while we feed him.

Extra bonus: I accomplished #46 on my life list.  Paint a wall mural! Check!

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