Posts tagged with "gift" - Faerye Net 2011-02-20T14:37:15+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Outstanding. Now all we need is a deck of cards... 2011-02-20T14:37:15+00:00 2012-05-09T23:45:13+00:00 <p>And a <a href="" target="links">brass plaque that reads &#8220;Chekhov&#8217;s Gun&#8221;</a>! I received many fabulous birthday presents for my thirtieth birthday, but none so geeky, and nearly none so unexpected, as this replica pulse rifle from <em>Aliens</em>:</p> <center><a href="" title="M41A Pulse Rifle by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="374" alt="M41A Pulse Rifle" border="0" /></a></center> <p><a href="" target="links">Ryan</a> got this for me without even knowing that I&#8217;ve been coveting it since age 17. He said he was afraid I would be less excited about having it around than he was. I think once he caught me petting it, that fear was dispelled!</p> Exciting present! 2009-04-04T22:35:41+00:00 2009-04-04T22:36:33+00:00 <p>Ryan&#8217;s family always gets together to celebrate birthdays. For some reason, we ended up doing mine over a month after it actually happened. I&#8217;m not used to doing this with birthdays, but when you do it with Christmas, it&#8217;s called &#8220;extending the Christmas joy&#8221;. It means you get presents long after you had any rational expectation of them. I got awesome presents, and one that I thought I would highlight on the old blog.</p> <p><a href="" target="links">Greystork</a> <em>made a statue</em> based on my story, &#8220;Burgerdroid&#8221;. Seriously. Someone made <em>art</em> because of something I wrote. Because of the first thing I&#8217;ve ever gotten published, no less. This is fantastic!</p> <p>The sculpture reveals something crucial from the end of the story, so you might not want to click through if you haven&#8217;t read it. If you have read it, feast your eyes!</p> <center><a href="" title="Burgerdroid statue by Torben Jensen"><img src="" width="200" height="283" alt="Burgerdroid statue - teaser" /></a></center> Time to brag -- my latest sewing project! 2004-06-29T11:43:35+00:00 2010-08-03T12:10:28+00:00 <p>You&#8217;ve puzzled over the deformed scribbles of my <a href="" target="links">pencil</a>, you&#8217;ve followed the twisted skeins of my <a href="" target="links">writing</a>. You&#8217;ve even feasted from afar on the <a href="" target="links">fruits</a> of my baking labor. But never before has shown you&#8230;<b>the products of my needle and thread!</b></p> <p>Being, as I am, and as you cannot failed to have noticed, quite mad, I decided that the departure of a kind, generous, patient and invaluable co-worker from the Land of Office for the Land of Mommy required a really extravagant gesture. Therefore, I bought some galloon-edged eyelet and a baby dress pattern (the baby&#8217;s gender is known). I also needed some species of adorable floral fabric, perhaps in the calico family, but this was Fraught with Peril. Can you imagine going into the largest clothing fabric store outside New York&#8212;heck, or even one of the many quilt shops dotting the precincts&#8212;and trying to choose <span class="caps">JUST</span> <span class="caps">ONE</span> adorable calico? The thought is terrifying. I&#8217;d be there for a week, leaving at closing and coming back at opening. I&#8217;m a vacillator. I&#8217;d end up sobbing in the middle of the store surrounded by 15 sprigged florals, wailing, &#8220;Can&#8217;t someone tell me which one is cutest?&#8221;</p> <p>So, I did what we all do at some point in our lives&#8212;probably, at several points&#8212;and put the whole decision in the hands of my Mom. My mom, the gifted quilter, has an extensive, nay, prodigious supply of fabric, and soon enough she sent me an adorable pink floral with which I am well-pleased. It was also she who contributed the mom-knowledge of what size/age I should make the dress for. After all, I don&#8217;t want to do all this work only to have it outgrown in a week! After a great deal of labor and learning, here is the result:</p> <p><center><a href="" title="Baby dress and pinafore by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="500" height="373" alt="mainpic" border="0" /></a></center></p> <p>But wait! I&#8217;m not done gushing or bragging yet, so there are more pictures. (Hey, cut me some slack, I&#8217;m going to direct my mom and other sewing-type people to this article! Plus, I may never see it again!)</p><p>Here be the dress by itself:<br /><center><a href="" title="Baby dress, no pinafore 1, 2004 by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="63" alt="Baby dress, no pinafore 1, 2004" /></a><br /> <a href="" title="Baby dress, no pinafore 2, 2004 by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="75" alt="Baby dress, no pinafore 2, 2004" /></a><a href="" title="Back of baby dress, 2004 by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="75" alt="Back of baby dress, 2004" /></a></center> </p> <p>Here be some more general pictures:<br /><center><br /> <a href="" title="More photos of dress, 2004 by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="75" alt="More photos of dress, 2004" /></a><a href="" title="dress2 by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="52" alt="dress2" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="" title="front by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="75" alt="front" /></a><a href="" title="back by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="62" alt="back" /></a><a href="" title="backtied by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="100" height="75" alt="backtied" /></a></center></p> <p>Here, last of all, are some detail shots. In case anyone wondered what the heck &#8220;galloon eyelet&#8221; is, here you go. Eyelet is fine fine cotton with embroidered holes in it. Galloon eyelet is the same, but with an embroidered lacy edge:<br /><center><a href="" title="galloon by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="240" height="180" alt="galloon" /></a></center><p><br />Looks cute, less hemming :)</p></p> <p>And here is my first ever buttonhole:<br /><center><br /> <a href="" title="first_button by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="151" height="339" alt="first_button" /></a></center><p><br />And here is my third ever buttonhole. Little smoother, eh?<br /> <center><a href="" title="thirdbutton by Felicity Shoulders, on Flickr"><img src="" width="200" height="206" alt="thirdbutton" /></a></center><br />See, Mom? I still remember the embroidery stitches I learned from you when I was little!</p><p>Anyways, I am very proud (in case you missed that somehow) and excited to see what the mom-to-be says at her shower tomorrow. I learned a lot!</p></p>