Archive for December, 2018

2018 Adventures

June: Ogunquit with All the parents!

Yes, you read that correctly. We went away for the weekend with my parents and my husbands parents. We stayed for three nights, they each stayed two nights, and we had one night overlapping where we all hung out together. It was fun! Seriously, we had a lovely time.

plaque made by my talented father-in-law

view from our room

walking the beach

July: Metfern Cemetery

There is a cemetery sort-of hidden in the woods behind my husband’s great uncle’s house, and we look for it with my mother-in-law during the July 4th cookout. Last year, we just got lost in the woods. But this year, we found it! It’s a collection of numbered graves from residents of the Metropolitan State Hospital and the Fernald School. There’s actually been an ongoing project to give names to all the numbers, and you can read about it here.

view of the cemetery as we emerged from the woods

July: Winery

Sometimes we go to the winery with my cousin, Julie and our friend, Lily and they always want to take a picture and they always looks amazing and I always look like this:

I don’t know why I can’t look normal

August: Sullivan Sibling Summit

My mother-in-law has a million siblings (just kidding, she has 9 siblings) and this year they planned a reunion and it was AMAZING! As a family, we rented an entire hotel on this golf course in New Hampshire. My husband’s uncle showed us around an abandoned train station in the woods at night. We found a great fabric store just down the street. 10/10, would go again.

our room had this cool fire exit / back entrance

the whole family minus one cousin

August: Clark’s Trading Post

We popped in for a quick visit on the way home from the family reunion to relive growing up.

the bear was not amused

September: Cousin’s Wedding

My cousin got married! I don’t know why I didn’t take any pictures of her or with her, but I did take these other pictures so that’s what I have to share.

just some tree

Norm & Kerry: wedding dates for life

me & a different cousin, with guest appearances by: another cousin and my aunt!

October: Disney 2018

Because we went at the very end of October, we got to see and celebrate Halloween, enjoy Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, and saw the start of Christmas. We figured out that if I take a nap every afternoon, I don’t turn into a zombie at 8 pm. And we went on Soarin’ 4 times! Because the line was very short!

obligatory People Mover selfie

Candy corn ice cream!

I eat a lot of ice cream

found my sister-in-law

always making friends with the ducks

2018 had it’s trash moments, but we had some fun times. See you tomorrow, 2019!

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Year End Clearance Event

Oh shoot, it’s a sale!

I’m calling this the “First Ever Year End Clearance Event,” but in actuality I have no idea if I’ve done this before. I certainly haven’t offered 70% off of anything ever, so that part is confirmed new. Anyway, please enjoy 70% off select items (bags, sweater pins, magnets) now through December 31st.

Here’s a not-great group picture of some of the things on sale:

$2.55 for sweater pins? $4.65 for a small makeup bag? $3 for a zipper pouch?! What is this?!

It’s the Year End Clearance Event, that’s what.

Find everything here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale/items?section_id=1

 

Recent Projects 12

A collection of recent non-shop projects.

My friend asked if I could whip up an ID holder for her. She wanted something with a clear front, and a pocket to hold business cards. I made the one on the right first and the ID fit perfectly, but the zipper opening was too small to wiggle any cards into. I elongated it, and made a second one with a snap back pocket (not pictured). I hear they’re working great!

My cousin asked if I could make a Minnie zipper pouch for her daughter, and I made a matching xs makeup bag to match. I usually keep the pouches a solid color on the back, but for this one I added a second Minnie panel.

My friends moved into a new apartment and I put their cat’s face on fabric to make housewarming gifts! Here’s the coaster set:

And the tea towels!

I used SpoonFlower’s tea towel tutorial to make them. I didn’t want to go in blind, so I made a test towel out of my butterfly print. It goes well with our yellow Star Trek kitchen towel!

And I made one last set for my brother’s boyfriend for Christmas! My one disappointment with this design was my decision to label what the animals were. Once I uploaded the image and shrunk it down, you couldn’t read them anymore. Which I learned when the fabric arrived in the mail. I tweaked the design a bit and order it in Kona cotton, so it’ll be in the shop soon!

It’s Christmas Time!

We don’t decorate for too many holidays because we’re lazy, but we DO decorate for Christmas. We got the best tree ever last year, and like adding to our Lego Winter Village. Everything is contained to the living room area and we don’t put lights up outside. We are 100% those people who would put outside lights up and then leave them out until next year.

Our tree is made by EverBlock and they have a lot of other cool furniture builds, too. It’s a little hard to hang ornaments on so we just hang them off the lights.  And in the off-season, we turn it into a cat tower!

Obviously, we have a Lego Advent Calendar. My friend gave us one last year as a wedding gift and we had so much fun with it. We incorporated that one into our village this year, and have the new one on a separate table near the front door.

It’s the Winter Village! We got the Fire Station and Winter Train sets as gifts this year and will probably build them this weekend. Maybe we should add a snow table covering for next year?

I did a ceramic tree painting with my cousins a few weeks back and am so excited to have my own ceramic tree. I have to glue that star in place, though.

I made special wrapping paper with all the family pets! This is my in-laws’ dog, Harold. He’s such a good boy.

I think my favorite holiday project this year was our matching Christmas Fluff sweatshirts! Fluff might not be impressed but I think they’re hilarious.

Do you decorate for the holidays? What are your favorite things to put up?


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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