Sunday, May 20, 2007

It's Raining Babies Around Here



So many of my friends are reproducing...this alarming rate of procreation can only mean one thing: Baby Showers!!! I had my boys when I was a lot younger than my reproducing friends are today so it makes me giggle when we are all talking about our 'babies'; 'mine's 3', 'mine's 12 months', 'mine are 22 & 17' (and watch the jaws drop - "you have a 22 year old?!?)

Drove off to Cantley, Qc on Sunday to attend the shower of a dear friend, long MIA due to distance and life, in general. Got to meet all of the fun people that I've heard about for years - and, yes, they were fun. And great. And nice. Did I ever tell you that I like nice people? I like nice people. Got to see my dear pal, S and hear the latest news - growing family, happy days, good stuff. Got to see my old friend, Jerome and meet his lovely wife and darling little girl. Julia is a little gem. She must take after her mum ;). Adri's (the mum to be) mother was filling our glasses and plates, singing and making us all feel very welcome and part of the family. Watching her face light up when talking about the new baby was worth the drive into the Quebec wilderness.

I have a huge confession - I am not a happy shopper. I like to plan my shopping for maximum efficiency, dash, grab, pay and leave. I am not a browsy/pokey shopper. Presented with the challenge of baby gifts, I drew a total blank...until I thought about who the gift was for. Adri is a former Goth-kid, with a well-cultivated dark side and a wicked sense of humor (scorpio women rock, folks). She was the only person in my (federal government) office who totally got how funny Gwar was.She can meet me head on with competing Simpsons quotes. And she's smart. Did I ever tell you that I like smart women? I like smart women.

Driving into the city, I had a major brainstorm - Skulls! Crossbones! Skeletons! None of the baby shops I visited carried anything with that type of imagery. WTF?!? There have got to be babies who like the morbid? The spooky? The campy? Like any good crafter in my situation, I devised the only workable solution - make them myself. I couldn't find any t-shirts so I chose some nice onesies, drew up some designs and downloaded the coolest kitty & bones design (you know how I feel about 'death kitty'. I love death kitty. A lot.Remember my hat?) Some paper-backed fusible web, an iron and a lot of zig-zagging threadly goodness later and 2 onesies were stitched and presented. It made me blush when they were passed around and everyone loved them. I'm the perfectionist/type A freaky type so I saw every imperfection but muggles can't see beyond the fun factor. I'm making up a 3rd one, with the wee one's initial once s/he shows his/her mug to the world. I'll get the stitching perfect on that one!

8 comments:

Donna said...

Those are great! I particularly like Death Kitty.

Bumbershootska said...

ah thanks! I hadn't counted on a lot of detail when I 'planned' this out. Next time (what am I? Nuts!?!) I'll add more detail to the bones and change the eyes a bit to look more 'dead' (is that possible?). I think I have Craftitis.. the compulsion to craft and craft and craft

divarita said...

Tara, these are fantastic! There would be a HUMUNGOUS market for these things! Forget the care bears and my little pony, these are HOT. Death kitty lives! Well, sort of, if you get my drift...

Bumbershootska said...

you're too sweet :) maybe...but I think that I'll leaving the sewing to the experts and just amuse myself with little fripparies like this hee hee hee
Death Kitty Lives on in Death - Wa-hoooooooooo
To quote my darling Lemmy -Killed by death!

Stomper Girl said...

Handmade gifts are the best because they are unique. I did some hand-decorated shirts for gifts once and the hardest part was finding plain shirts. Also, mine weren't as cool as yours. The death kitty rocks.

Bumbershootska said...

Yeah, I do like a hand-made gift,too - it reminds you that the giver cares:)
I want to wear Death Kitty ("DK - not just for babies anymore") but considering the odd looks I get when I wear my knitted DK cap, it probably isn't a good idea LOL

Taz said...

If I was ever to have another baby (which I'm not) I would so so so so so so want these. Maybe I'll just add them to my to do list for when I'm a granny :D
Fantastic job that woman ;)

Bumbershootska said...

I'll never do that again either (but a grandbaby sounds like fun)

I wanted to make myself a shirt like this too - in my free time LOL (I know that you can relate to that one, girl!)