I finished binding the nephew quilt this morning. It's now in the dryer; one hopes it will survive. I was thinking I could check that off my list, but then I remembered that I also want to make a pillow to send off with it, so I actually managed to increase the size of my list by finishing something. Excellent.
Things on the auction front are pretty well where they should be at this point (I'm design/decor lead this year, so thankfully I only have one auction to deal with), so I've been able to do some work on the 8th birthday party happening next weekend.
We had a skateboard party when my boy turned 4, but even though he got his first skateboard that year, he wasn't too focused on it except for holding it as a sort of future fantasy, that he'd be a skater someday. Over this past year, though, he & about 3/4 of his good friends have become obsessed with skating (helped in no small part by the excellent public skate park that opened last summer), & so the theme for this year's party was obvious.
Ok: I have, like many of you, a collection of MS Kids magazines, & when it became clear we were having a skateboarding party this year, I happily remembered the skateboarding party they featured that one time, & dug through my issues (well, looked it up on the internet, but then went & dug up the right issue to read the exact same info because I could) to find what I was sure would be the BEST fancy skateboarding party ever. EVER.
Except then I started cracking up because look at how all those kids are dressed in bright colors, & are standing up more or less straight, & are happily wearing complete sets of pads, & don't have hair in their eyes. (I would love to totally horrify my kid by making him & all his friends strike this pose, except school is out this week for midwinter break.)
I actually think this foam wallet is very cool, except I am not too sure how the bright colors & grosgrain ribbon would play around here (would have been excellent for 4yo skate party, though!). Maybe in black, with a sticker or screenprint on it. Does gocco ink stick to fun foam? Anyway, I am not even experimenting with these, because what if I gocco ink DOES stick & then suddenly I am desperately needing to order $50 worth of wallet chains? Oh, Martha.
We're going to an indoor skatepark that includes pizza in the party rental; I'm sure it will be nothing like this lovely pinwheel-sandwich filled spread, but based on my fairly substantial birthday party experience, it turns out that the boys will not care even a little bit. Looking at this, I'm feeling sort of relieved that his birthday is too early in the year to make it worth the outdoor park rain risk, since I am SURE that I would feel compelled to produce this sort of over the top picnic (except I am just not really a pinwheel food fan, & also: Tex-Mex Chopped Salad is a crowd pleaser for eight year olds at a skate park? Really? I mean, my kid is an actual fan of weird grownup food & everything, but still I say: really?) & then stand around feeling mildly deflated when all of the slouchy, mumbling, dark-colors-skinny-jeans-wearing, hair-in-eyes-having boys wondered when the pizza was going to get there.
I am still making cupcakes, though. And I ordered some vinyl sticker inkjet paper to mess around with. So I'm sure I'll manage to become just as ridiculous about this party as I do every year, despite the questionable skate park pizza.