Biscuit keeps asking me to read Olivier Dunrea's Ollie these days. The Dunrea books are really cute, if completely formulaic. This one's about a gosling, Ollie, who "won't come out" of his egg. That is, until Gossie and Gertie, his buddies on the outside, finally give up asking him to come out and tell him NOT to come out. Reverse psychology for preschoolers.
Fricklet seems to be following suit, though it's not for lack of a lovely place to land. His room may just be the most fantastic spot in the house, full of crafty goodness. This post is for all you voyeurs out there.
This time around I was wiser to the ways of Etsy and avoided the lure of the mass-made "crib sets." I bought a bumper from Jesseca over at Quilt Baby. I think it looks just lovely there by the window, together with Fricklet's Blankie, now backed and tied by my lovely friend Doris, don't you?
Now, I apologize in advance for the many shades of green you may turn when you see this next photo. Steel yourselves:
Recognize it? Greening up yet? Check out the other angle:
People, I had no idea. Really. I wasn't being coy when I commented on that post that I'd stop reading her blog if she didn't take commissions. I wasn't trying to bribe her when I sent her that orange Cork yarn. The fact that I've nominated her for the MacArthur Genius Award and offered her my second-born child (she refused) is completely irrelevant. This was a completely random act of incredible generosity on Ashley's part. People, I cried when I opened it. Oh, how perfectly this quilt coordinates with Tulane, handmade by the lovely, the talented, Maritza. Oh, how happy it makes my heart.
Looky! It even makes a lovely backdrop for the artwork this little guy's inheriting from his big brother. These little animals were handpainted by a local artist. Hippo butt! Giraffe butt! Monkey...face! Well, they can't all be backsides.
And here we have a sizeable stack o' handknits. Lurking beneath the Haba toys (Chinese plastic is OUT, or have you heard) are two lovely bibs and one burp cloth all handknit by Amisha. Basking in the glow of the monkey lamp are two hats handknit by Haley (holy alliterative handknits, Batman!) and one skein of Artyarns sent by Heather for an as-yet-to-be-determined Frickletknit. Suggestions welcome! Hidden behind the handknits is a small CD player loaded up with this album sent by Kelly. There is a track on this album called "Your Attitude Towards Cuttlefish." What's yours?
And finally, grandpa came over and hung the artwork this weekend, which was also a gift from my *rightthismomentinlabor* friend Adri. Plenty of visual stimulation here for everyone.
So Fricklet? DON'T COME OUT!
Let's see if that works.