Thursday, April 28, 2011

Grad School Graduation

I graduate on May 20 from my Master of Arts in Arts Management program.  I can not wait. I have loved this degree and am really happy with the education I have received from my program.  All I need now is to find a job using my degree :)

I am planning on walking at graduation with Charlie.  My cap and gown will be green and I want to make Charlie a graduation hat to wear as he walks with me across the stage.

I found this great tutorial on Little Birdie Secrets and thought I would share it with you.  Now all I need is to go shopping for green felt.

how to make a graduation cap

Cue "Pomp and Circumstance." Yes, it's that time of year again. Stacy's son and my son go to the same preschool, and today was their last day of school. Since there wasn't a formal graduation ceremony, one cute mom took it upon herself to plan a wonderful program, complete with little felt graduation caps. I believe she bought them from Oriental Trading Company, but when we saw them we thought, like we always do, "we could makes those!" And now you can, too. This size was perfect for our five-year-olds, but it also fit Stacy's little one and ME! The elastic is the key.

Felt Graduation Cap Tutorial

What you'll need:

*Felt (about 22" by 22")
*Needle and thread
*Small piece of elastic, about 1 inch long
*Sewing machine
*Embroidery floss or yarn
*Piece of light cardboard or heavy card stock (see link to video for more information)

1. Cut two pieces of felt that are 9 inches by 9 inches. Cut one piece of felt that is 2 ½ inches by 22 inches.

2. Sew the long band (2 ½ inches by 22 inches) together at the short side using a ¼ inch seam Turn inside out so the seam is on the inside of the band

3. Fold one of the 9 x9 squares in half to make a triangle and again to make a smaller triangle.

4. Measure 3 inches from the point of the triangle and make a mark on one side, again in the middle, and again on the other side of the triangle. Cut out the center of the triangle in an ice cream cone shape using your 3 inch marks as a guide

5. Pin the square piece with the circle cut out to the band. Sew together using a ¼ inch seam.

6. Place the whole square piece on top of the hat and sew all four sides together. Please note that I accidentally left my seam on the outside in this picture. Don’t do that or you will be able to see the seam. It should be on the inside of the hat.

7. Cut a piece of elastic about 1 inch long. Sew this to the inside of the hat over the seam. As you sew, pull the elastic as tight as possible. Really stretch it out. You want it to bunch back up when you are done sewing. This will help the hat stay on.

8. Make a tassel using your floss or yarn and piece of cardboard. You can use this great video tutorial (or watch it here) if you need help.

9. Using needle and thread, sew your tassel to the top center of the hat.

Congratulations Class of 2009!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Refuge from the Rain

I was taking Charlie to downtown DC to meet up with some friends and we got stuck in a torrential downpour. While walking for 2 miles in the rain and carrying Charlie in my coat, I found myself mumbling words i wouldnt say around my mother and realized I needed to find some refuge. As my shoes sloshed on the sidewalk, I rounded a corner and found the most charming coffee house/bakery called Buzz Bakery. The ambiance was hip, the staff was fantastically friendly to me and Charlie, and the treats were heavenly. I bought myself a massive chocolate chip cookie, a hot drink, and sat myself down on a comfy couch in the corner. After a sugar buzz, a half hour of people watching, listening to stress calming Michael Buble, and ten minutes spent under the hand dryer I am ready to adventure out again.

Thanks Buzz Bakery in Alexandria VA! Your hospitality was most appreciated.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Charlie's birthday

I forgot to post about Charlie's Birthday! We were in Asheville NC when he turned 6 so we bought him and Jack some doggie cupcakes at Three Dogs Bakery! I really loved this store.  They had tons of yummy looking treats which are made with all natural ingredients so even humans can eat them.  I kind of wanting to try something, but I didn't.

Happy Birthday Charlie Pants!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dog Playing Dead

I saw this on Facebook and thought I would share it with all of you.  Be ready to laugh.  This is a video of Bailey the Dog playing dead in his Oscar winning performance on David Letterman.  Way to go Bailey!