Thursday, October 18, 2012

Birthday Shirt

It's about that time of year again...

I realized when I made last year's shirt that I was going to have to make this a tradition. This year, though, it's not a surprise (although she won't see the finished shirt until her birthday). She just assumed it was coming because, after all, her number is changing, so she needs a new shirt. She had advance say on colors and design. In the end, she chose what I wanted to do anyway--a four with a crown--although for a while there we were awash in her initial in a circle with a crown and the four. I'm happy simplicity won out.

Goodness. I love that design, I really do!

I also really enjoyed sharing photos of where I live in the last post. Here's one more, a different pond that I drove by four times today (on the way to and from preschool gymnastics, and on the way to and from karate).

I didn't have my camera earlier in the day, so this was taken about 5 pm and it's not as vibrant, but still. Autumn is pretty here this year. Last year we sort of missed the colorful part entirely thanks to Hurricane Irene. The leaves that weren't stripped were salted, or something like that. There are a couple of trees on the way into town that are, as my son put it, so bright that it hurt his eyes to look at them. Next time I go in that direction I'm going to have to make time to stop, find a safe place to pull over, and take some photos.

Finally, I signed up for the Art Every Day Challenge. It takes place in November. I don't think I'll be posting every day, but I hope to have something to show for every day, when I do post. By the end, I'd like 30 postcard-sized pieces of artwork. I'm thinking of a variation on a theme--an animal per day, or 30 trees...something like that. Usually, if I make time to draw, it's a better day.

Before that, though, I need to sew up a sparkly cape. I didn't think I was sewing anything for Halloween this year, but the almost-four-year-old has other plans, and who can argue with the Birthday Girl?


Anonymous said...

That really is a great shirt! I am going to have to look into this stencilling business! Freezer paper is very hard to get here (and very expensive!)

Jen said...

I love the design she chose! A happy birthday to her!! We have some trees up here that are absolutely gorgeous. They are on the main road though with no real good place to stop & take a picture. I'm thinking of signing up for the Art Every Day Challenge & do some sort of a theme with Ree & put it all into a book.

Donna Lee said...

We are just starting to see some reds and yellows and what I love is that it takes me by surprise. There in the middle of all the green is a bright spot.

Who wouldn't want a sparkly cape? I have my headband with ghosts flying over it for Hallowe'en and a tshirt with a spooky house. It has to be simple for work although I have dressed in full angel regalia and ridden the train.

Michelle said...

Holy cow, that's so cool! Love the design and the colors. Someone here is gonna need a five soon. Sheesh, where'd the year go?!

Halloween. Sigh. Ella insists on making her own costume, but she hasn't started yet. AND she's floundering on what she wants to make. Grrr

Karen Isaacson said...

adorable! and I like the light-on-dark color combinations. well done!

Helen said...

I love the shirt and I love the tradition!

Those muted autumnal tones are lovely - so evocative - even though you say they're not as vibrant. Maybe not, but they're kind of haunting.

T.L. Holmes Williams said...

I really love this idea! I've been meaning to message you my email address:
I tried to follow your blog, but for the life of me I cannot remember my password to do that. I'll keep looking and hopefully find it here soon :) Have a great rest of the week, Amy!!