One item that I added to my pre-move lists today was sending my sewing machine in for a tune-up. I am not sure that it's had one since I inherited it from my mom! It's more a preventative thing; my very basic 1977 Bernina 707 Minimatic is running fine (except that the on/off switch no longer works; thankfully it defaults to "on").
My sewing project is an experimental nightgown for Madeline. We used to be able to find very soft all-cotton ones in Bangkok at Lottie & Max, but we haven't lived there since 2010! Here in Canada, my kids have a choice of often-scratchy synthetic pajamas, no matter where we shop. So, I found this really cute raglan-sleeve pattern online and am using it with some of the cotton knit that I bought at the Than Dinh (if I remember the name correctly) market in Saigon.
So, I've mentioned above that my sewing machine is getting vintage, and that I'm actually in the midst of a sewing project. What else should I find when I check out my feed reader this morning and see a post titled "Is it worth it to buy an expensive sewing machine?" over at one my favourite sewing blogs? It was like the universe was telling me that I need to upgrade and make many more raglan-sleeve nightgowns filled with machine appliques and automatic buttonholes!
The post did make me doubt my loyalty to the little Bernina that has been in my life forever for a moment, but even if I do buy a new machine someday, I'll probably hang on to the Bernina. It's the machine that most of my clothes were made on until I was probably eight years old. It's the machine that made all of the outfits for my Cabbage Patch dolls. And it's small and portable, so I can plunk it down on a table to get to work right away, no matter where in the world I am!
1. My kids are interested in knitting themselves, but more so on whatever project that I'm working on rather than a project of their own. I've lost more than a few stitches due to passing my WIP to Madeline, so I'm not keen on having her work on whatever lacey pattern I currently have on my needles. She knit a fair amount of the crazy-long garter-stitch scarf that I made for Chris, and she's made a cute little cozy for her eReader, and that was a good project for introducing her to some increase and decrease stitches. Now that the scarf is finished, she's working on a mobius capelet with some very soft bulky-weight yarn. My six year-old is just not allowed to touch my knitting stuff, period - I just don't have a plan for teaching her yet. When Sadie talks about what she wants to knit, it's always stuff like three-dimensional stuffed animals and I am so not there myself! I'm not sure that she's going to be hooked on knitting by knitting swatches, you know?
2. Ravelry has been around for awhile now, and I am still not sure whether it's a blessing or a curse. I am definitely the type of person who will use whatever tools that I have access to research anything that I'm interested in to death. This means that when I decided that it was time to knit myself a new winter hat, I looked at over a hundred pages of patterns before finally giving up and just picking one. Too much choice is a bad thing - at least, for me. On the other hand, it's great to be able to look up a yarn that I'm clueless how to best use, and see what other knitters have successfully used it for. And to see what a scarf that I am smitten with is usually knit out of.
3. I've spent far too many hours since last Saturday comparing photos of finished scarfs in three different shades of grey yarn. The worst part is that one of these yarns is totally discontinued, which makes my crush on it even more ridiculous. None of them are stocked at my local LYS, and are out-of-stock at the Canadian online retailers that I've been able to find. My fingers are crossed that I'll find something else in a similarly lovely shade of silver-grey so that I'm not tempted to order from the USA ...
And the costume is very nearly done.
The tulle skirt was finished up first - I followed the instructions from this tutorial and this tutorial and the biggest ordeal of the project was actually working with the tulle. Sadie's skirt has six layers, and I cut them out separately so that the sizing would be truer. This was fine, but then lining up all the layers of tulle to baste them together was a tricky matter because the fabric was both a little bit slippery and a little bit static-y. But they sewed together fine (plus a cotton layer for lining) and attaching the wide elastic went exactly to plan. I copied the circle skirt tutorial and downloaded the circle skirt pattern template from the Scientific Seamstress and it was extremely helpful. I needed to the entire pattern to make a tea-length skirt for my average-height five year-old.
The next part I worked on was the sparkly bodice overlay. I'd changed my plan for this part at least four times. I've actually sewn two. The first one was a simple tube that I'd drafted using one of Sadie's tees; it looked really good but when I thought about it, it was kind of a pain for her to shimmy into. I thought about sewing a panel of the bodice fabric directly onto the leotard, but the obvious problem with that scenario was that my fabric wasn't stretchy and the leotard obviously was. I googled and Pinterested and found a new tutorial that had a good solution. It's basically sewing a rectangle and thus, really easy. I have never seen this Wonder Under product, so I used Steam-a-Seam 2 for fusing the cotton lining. I added a bit of length to Sadie's in order to ensure the elastic on the tulle skirt was fully covered, and only put elastic part-way down the back to accomodate her bottom.
In the meantime, her leotard arrived in the mail, and I was happy that I'd gone with the Capezio version because the colour is a lighter blue than the ones I'd seen in real life at the dance supply store. I've started to sew some beads and sequins around the scoop neck.
The glitter organza was delivered yesterday, and when I pulled the fabric out of the plastic sleeve, it looked like a bag of pixie dust had exploded in the kitchen! It looks like a lot of the glitter came out in the wash! Anyway, I'm happy with the sparkle as a stand-in for ice crystals. Also, ordering from Joann's across the border was completely painless. Shipping cost and time was reasonable, and my order was a small enough value that I wasn't charged any duty. Now I just have to sew the thing ....
Status as of Today:
I'm somewhat disturbed by my experience shopping for some of the items that I need for this project.
The online store for Discount Dance Supply came highly recommended by a couple of my friends who have kids in tap and ballet, and they did have good pricing on long-sleeved light blue leotards. Except their shipping fees to Canada start around $30. Ugh. I found an online store in Canada that had fairly competitive pricing on leotards and I'd picked out one to order, but then I discovered that there's an actual dance supply shop about ten minutes away (who knew!), so I took Sadie over there in the hopes of seeing the colours in real life and getting a better fit. Only, the guy working the floor at The Masque kind of laughed at me when I asked for assistance with a light blue long-sleeved leotard. They only had short sleeved versions. The colour was a little darker than I was hoping for, as well. The only upside to the visit to the dance shop was that they had a very nearly perfect fabric for the bodice of the dress, so I bought a metre to work with in lieu of knitting the bodice (though I still think that mixing textures like that would have been really cool). Fourteen dollars a metre. Done. I ended up ordering a light blue long-sleeved Capezio leotard from Amazon.com, of all places. It was much less than the Canadian online shop - about fifteen dollars for the leotard and eight dollars for shipping.
I ended up ordering a glittery organza for the cape from the US, too. Joann Fabrics just had so many more options than I found at the local fabric stores and the online Canadian retailers, too. Maybe they were just out-of-stock, but the whole trying to shop domestically just left me discouraged again!
Yesterday, I spent a few minutes wondering if I was living in an alternative reality because I was watching the national news on CBC and they ran a feature on the lack of Frozen-related merchandise at Disney Stores. I didn't realize that this was a crisis of national importance on par with Senate reform and the temporary foreign worker program, but now that I think of it, this story was one that I can relate to a little.
I have a five year old. She very much asserts that her dress-up costume collection is lacking something from the "Ice Movie" and when I start talking about the beautiful colours and embroidery on Princess Anna's outfit, she gets online and show me exactly what slinky and glittery gown she's talking about.
Additionally, this five year-old's dad is a supporter of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and they're hosting a father/daughter princess ball fundraising event in about a month. The five year-old needs something to wear.
So, I'm going to try to make something. People do this everyday. Google "Elsa cosplay" or search on Pinterest. I haven't checked textile availability at Fabricland yet, but my basic plan is to make Sadie a tulle skirt (probably from this tutorial - it includes a lining), knit a bodice (because I like knitting more than sewing), and procure a long-sleeved bodysuit to attach it to. I'll let everyone know how it goes :)
So, remember how I wrote about ordering hand-sewn quilts for my kids back in October? They were finished in time to be tucked under the tree for Christmas. This one is Madeline's (please excuse the quality of the actual photo - the lighting was lousy):
I love it. She loves it, which is probably more important. The dark turquoise of the applique looks fantastic with the white background, and I can't find any faults in the workmanship.
I'm less pleased with Sadie's:
The pink fabric was supposed to be pink tie-dye, but sometimes those things are tricky to communicate, so I can mostly forgive that. The thing that really bothers me about Sadie's quilt is the proportions. It's really long, and the center applique is small and leaves lot of "blank" (or yellow) space. I don't really like the large section of plain fabric between the top of the center applique and the top of the quilt, and I don't like how the applique isn't centered in the middle of the bed (see: problem with the length). I think that this was actually my fault though - aren't twin beds normally longer in Asia than they are in Canada? I'm kind of tempted to relegate this quilt to guest-bedroom duty and start over for Sadie.
So, even though I live in the Land of Hot, I've been pretty good about not letting my knitting skills fall by the wayside by knitting something each year. I've made baby hats aplenty that I've sent off to friends, a cute shrug for Sadie, mittens for my bigger kid, but 2012 was the year that I was going to knit something for myself!
I was only five rows away from being finished the Ruffle My Feathers scarf when tragedy struck. I'd just finished counting the stitches between the repeats, and then I went to gently shift all of the stitches on my circular needles over to the left, and this happened:
But that is actually not supposed to happen! The cable is NOT supposed to come out of the needle tips! I swear I wasn't being violent with my knitting needles; I treat them with a lot of care because I can't really replace any of my Knitpicks gear here in Vietnam!
Anyway, the result was 30+ live stitches , and though I tried to pick them all up, I saw that I was in a losing battle and conceded. I'm not experienced enough to be able to fix up the lacework. I'm so bummed out, though, because I was only five rows away from being completely finished with this scarf!
It would have been pretty, huh?
Today, I found myself, without the toddler, at the Tanh Dinh market (if I remember correctly) with a friend, on a mission to find fabric for a pair of holiday dresses for the girls. If I'd taken Sadie, she would have loved it. Imagine tidy stacked piles of cotton and synthetics, all folded, on both side of an aisle that was only wide enough for 1.5 people to comfortably pass each other. She could have made a big mess in record time with all of that merchandise within a single arm-span! I was really wishing that I'd brought my camera to take a photo, only to remember when I was back at home that I have a camera on my mobile phone. I never remember that when I need to!
This was actually a pleasant market-shopping experience (those who know me are aware that I much prefer the air-conditioned mall shopping experience instead of the watch-out-for-thieves-and-get-ripped-off-by-vendors-experience). It's not touristy like the Ben Tranh market; I went there once with Chris and wasn't able to walk three feet without hearing yet another stall keeper shouting, "Madame, you need new shirt?" like the one that I had on was far too old or something!
We both bought more fabric than we'd planned to - she stocked up on floral Japanese cotton for blouses, and I even found a little something for myself - the geometric print in the photo in this post. I wasn't looking to buy anything for myself, but I really liked this design, so I am hoping that I can get a dress out of three metres. Maybe this one, actually. For all of the fabric that was at the market, I didn't find anything "perfect" for the holiday dresses. Most of the fabric was lightweight and floral - perfect for this climate and the tastes of a lot of the Vietnamese women that I see out and about, but nothing that was suitable for a Christmas dress to be worn back in North America! I ended up choosing the brown knit with dots for the dresses. It's not a festive print, but I think that the design is stylish. The monkeys in toques and earmuffs was just another cute piece of cotton knit that I stumbled upon; I'm thinking pajamas for my own little monkeys.
Be assured that I have no ambitions to enter the realm of design blogging, but I thought that a wee little makeover that I did in one of my daughters' rooms this past weekend was really cute. See, both Madeline and Sadie's rooms have a wall that is completely full of built-ins - a wardrobe, a few cupboards and drawers, and this large space:
To me, it looks like that space was designed to contain a large screen television, but somehow it just seems improbable to me that a typical Vietnamese home would have large screen tvs in all of the bedrooms. Maybe I'm missing something? Anyway, these big brown spaces that really only held a clutter of toys kind of bothered me, being wasted, brown, and boring. But this weekend, I transformed Sadie's big boring brown space thusly:
The photo may be too small to really see, but I stuck regular boring wooden clothes pegs (going for either a shabby-chic or minimalist look, depending on one's decorating sensibility) to the back of the big brown space using one of my favourite decorating aids, 3M Command Strips. And then I hung a small colourful quilt in the space, and now there is something pretty to look at there. Much better.
I could actually write a whole post on my love of the 3M Command products; I've relied on them profusely in my life overseas with it's concrete walls that I can't hammer a nail into. Why, this past weekend, I also used the velcro version of the Command Strips to put up a pair of pictures on the big brown doors to Sadie's wardrobe. Love them.
We've been having an exasperating number of problems with our internet connection this week, which I am going to blame for falling off the wagon for the SITS challenge, but don't worry, I have other material.
This is my latest knitting project, modeled by the favourite toddler-sized model. I finished it up a few months ago but it took me an unexcuseably long time to actually photograph it. The pattern is called Whirligig Shrug, and I think that "whirligig" is an appropriate word to describe Sadie at the moment (I'd also nominated cranky teething monster, but those don't sound like they'd appeal to knitters much).
In this photo, Sadie is peeking out the doors that lead to the swimming pool at the Somerset Building, where I take her to Gymboree Play and Learn. I think it's awesome that there is a franchise here in HCMC, but I'm currently feeling sort of awkward about it. Thus far, we've always been the first pair to arrive for the class, on the early side but that could easily go the other direction if the traffic into downtown is bad, and this past Wednesday Sadie was having a freak-out during the session. Her instructor commented to me that she was "tired because we come so early", which I sort of dismissed, and just packed us up to leave the class early as Sadie wasn't giving in to any sort of distraction attempt. On the way out, the receptionist gave me an info folder. I opened it up in the car the first line on the enclosed memo was "Please arrive for class no more than five minutes before the start", highlighted in orange. Ugh. Are we problem patrons? (With cute handknits?)
Faux gingerbread people ornaments were the craft at Little Learners this past Thursday. This little person is Madeline's first homemade Christmas ornament, and I think she did a great job (though I did help her with the glitter-glue outline on her gingerbread person's hair). Madeline showed more restraint with glitter than the rest of her classmates did. I didn't ask Madeline's teacher where she found the foam gingerbread people, but I suspect it was at Michaels ('cause it's the only place in town, pretty much).
This is Madeline's third Christmas, but it's the first one where I'm trying to explain the "Christmas" concept to her. She really likes looking at the outdoor lights when we are driving to pick up her dad from work after the sun goes down. We were going to take her to our community's children's holiday party yesterday, but she elected not to go (well, she elected not to get dressed, really), even when I explained that there were cookies and a present involved. She generally thinks that reindeer are moose, but in her world, all antlered creatures are moose (she's done a lot of growing up in Newfoundland, after all). We've bought her two Christmas-y books to read (Merry Christmas, Curious George and the delightful Bear Stays Up for Christmas), and she likes them, but I'm not sure how much she truly understands yet. But it's okay; she's still quite little, and I'm sure that next year she'll be too excited to go to sleep on Christmas Eve.
Over the past few months, I've tried out three different recipes for homemade playdough. Madeline has two cans of the authentic stuff, but it has become rather rubbery, and frankly, the residue it leaves on surfaces and hands is kind of icky. I began my search for easy-to-make soft playdough ...
The first recipe I tried out was this one for no-cook playdough. It was really easy to make, and what really caught my eye was that it didn't call for any fancy ingredients - just water, salt, and hot water. The resulting dough was maybe a little glutenous, but not particularly sticky. I didn't have anything to colour it with, so it stayed Boring Beige. It dried out pretty fast.
The second one I tried is called The Best Play Dough Recipe Ever, though I didn't have such a spectacular experience with it. I am not sure if I over-cooked it (though it says to cooked until formed and no longer sticky), but it was really really doughy and I couldn't get the lumps out. When I first went shopping for the ingredients, I accidently bought alum instead of cream of tartar, as well. Oops!
My most recent recipe is this one that I found via Kiddley. I am not sure that it's considered no-cook, because a person does have to know how to boil water, but it's takes less than ten minutes to make. I got to use the rest of my cream of tartar, too. At first pass, I was really pleased with this recipe - Madeline's new dough is very soft and smooth. It's getting stickier by the day, however, and I'm not sure I can simply fix it by working in a little more oil.
I haven't decided if I'll stop my experiments with this recipe. It's pretty good, but there is a recipe for microwaved playdough on Kiddley here in the comments that sounds kind of intriguing. Maybe that one should should wait until I have access to a microwave with a setting besides "super-hot", though ...
I've written before about how pleased I am with those flexible-soled Pedoodles shoes we have for Madeline. Just imagine how excited I was a couple of months ago when a half-dozen or so new designs were unveiled on their website! I didn't hesitate to order Madeline a pair of the orange runners for her birthday.
Fast-forward six weeks, and a few days after Madeline's birthday, I try to put the orange runners on her feet for an outing. Visualize my confused expression as the shoes refuse to slip on. I ordered them in the same size as her current pair of Pedoodles! I sent an email to the company, asking if the toe box on the runners are indeed narrower than they are on the shoes that Madeline currently wears, and they did confirm that the runners were narrower and fit smaller. Bummer. I then thought of replacing them with the fabulously cute red mary jane style, when I went to look them up at the retailer I would order them from (free shipping to Canada!), I noticed that they have started to post feedback about the sizing of the new styles on the site. And the Ruby Janes were noted to fit narrower and smaller as well. Bah!
On a more positive note, the stitching on Madeline's current pair of Pedoodles just gave out last week. This pair lasted a lot longer than her first pair with the decorative stitching. Instead of sending them back, I picked up a curved sewing needle and have stitched them up with strong thread. It worked pretty well, even though it took me forever to understand how the moccasin-style stitching worked.
Madeline turned 22 months old over the weekend and happily modeled the kitty hat that her grandmother knitted for her. The kitty-ear hat is something of a tradition in my family. Both my sister and I had one as well. I am not sure if my original kitty hat was handed-down to my sister. I remember her wearing a pale pink one, but I seem to recall a pastel multicolour kitty hat - so perhaps that one was mine ...
I've already mentioned that Madeline has really been increasing her vocabulary, but in the last month she's also become really good about bedtime. Lately, we'll be plodding through her bedtime routine, and she'll suddenly point to her crib. I'll lay her down, she'll say "night-night", tap her aquarium on, and roll over. That's it. She almost puts herself to bed, really ...
I fell out of the habit, after Madeline was actually born, of posting all of the lovely handmade gifts she receives. The other day she wanted to wear this ensemble that her nana knitted for her, and I remembered to take a photograph. A hat, sweater, and mittens. Lucky girl.
Part of my master plan for Madeline was keeping her ignorant about the existence of playdough until she was old enough not to be messy with it or try to eat it, whenever that happened to be. As the evidence shows, I've failed in that endeavor. She was introduced to the fun of playdough in the open playtime that the local YMCA has every weekday morning, and she did okay. I made her a batch at home (using this recipe), but she seemed to really like the assortment of tools that were provided at the Y to use with the dough. I left all of my cookie cutters and things like that back in Calgary, so when we were out at Toys R Us last week I picked up a set of special playdough tools that included two cans of the authentic stuff. Did Madeline try to eat it? Yes, but only twice, and I'm not really worried about any further oral investigation. I tasted a wee bit myself, and frankly, the salty-soapy flavour just isn't appealing.
The homemade playdough at the Y is really nice - it looks and smells like cherry bubblegum. I was chatting with the lovely lady who makes it for the preschool playtime and after-school programs, and she promised to pass along the recipe to me. She revealed that her secret ingredient is Kool-Aid.
Finished up my final baby sewing project today - one of those nursing pillows! I can't seem to find an authentic Boppy here in Canada, and I'm not sure how the ones by Jolly Jumper compare (and they're $40!), so I made my own. Materials were less than $15, so I'm not out much if the baby decided that it's the most uncomfortable thing ever!
The fabric I used is kind of cool:
I'm tempted to make another cover in a leoppard-print velour, if I ever see something like that at Fabricland.
I had three sewing projects, didn't I? I've posted about the sleep sack, and here's what I'm calling the last project. The second project is a pouch-style baby sling, which I won't post photos of until I have a baby to stick in it and less of a tummy. It doesn't look right with one-day-short-of-40-weeks tummy :)
Yesterday my mom gave Chris and I some dear little baby sweaters that she's saved since my sister and I were infants. I wore the yellow one home from the hospital, and now it's in my possession again in case we want our own little person to wear it home from the hospital, too.
The story behind the green sweater? Well, I don't know. I was between six and seven pounds when I was born. I guess that the green one is there in case there's a baby the size of a large turkey!
Chris's mom has done a lot of new knitting for the little one - there would be one for every day of the week, except that they're in an assortment of sizes! Wow!
I've gotten into the habit of posting photos of all the handmade goodies that the little person has been given by our friends and family, so here are the newest items, both from my mom:
A flannel receiving blanket backed with cotton:
Why couldn't I find flannel as nice as that here in Calgary? Firstly, I love plaid, and secondly, the colours are nice without being to gender-specific!
A large fluffy bath towel - hopefully the baby tub will be outgrown before this towel is! I love the colour - it's not pastel!!!
Sometimes I surprise myself and actually manage to cross something off of my lengthy to-do list! The weather was dreary enough last week that I sat down in front of my serger and put together a sleepsack like I threatened to last month.
One thing that I was a little disallusioned with at the time I decided to make one of these is that it would be cheaper to make one than buy one. I'm not sure how much sleepsacks retail for, but some fleece sells for $20/metre! But at least mine is an *original* done in lilac-coloured waffle fleece :) More about the sewing adventure will be posted at Going Domestic ...
I'm a little tardy in showing off the blanket that my friend Ada crocheted for the little person, but at long last, here it is:
I had to wait for some good light to take the photo in :) The neatest thing about the blanket is that it has a little hood in one of the corners. I think that's so smart - extra head warmth for chillier days!
At the moment I have my first load of baby laundry in the washer - I got a little panicked yesterday about not having anything packed for the hospital. This gets me a little way there ... if I need to throw something together in a hurry, at least we'll have some clean clothes for the little person and myself!
Chris and I are off to our pre-natal class on babycare this evening. It conflicts with the second game of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I've been trying to covince Chris that the baby will forgive him for missing the game :)
I had quite a few posts over at Going Domestic back in April when I first bought my serger about how I was mastering (hee hee!) the settings and learning to thread the needles and the loopers by hemming scads of flannel for receiving blankets. I think that once I'm done studying for the CFA exam, I'm going to embark on my first real project - a fleece sleep sack like these ones. While I'm not sure if our house will be cool enough at night to warrant a blanket for the little person, it won't cost me much in terms of materials, and the concept seems easy enough. The only thing that I am nervous about is the zipper because I've never sewn one of those in before!
Also, we did see Shrek 2 on Saturday night, and it was fun. I laughed and sipped on Dr. Pepper, which probably should have been contraband because of caffeine :)
I've been thinking that I'm going to try my own hand at taking some artsy photos of the baby when it's here, instead of going to a pro photographer. I say this because the photographer who shot my maternity photos got by just fine without a professional-level digital camera. In fact, her camera was just a 4.0 megapixel like mine (which I must admit surprised us!). Lately I've been lurking on the Photog Forum website, trying to pick up ideas on neat poses and such, and I stumbled on this very useful thread: Draping 101 for Newborn Photos. I'd love to do a little collage of assorted baby parts - little hands, little feet … Another shot that I've seen a lot of is of the newborn all curled up on a stack of fluffy white towels against a black background - it's really cute!
I think that my sister has taken it to heart that every child has a "favourite aunt" who is supposed to be just more fun/talented/understanding than one's own parents because she's still showing me and everyone else up in the handicraft department! May I present Quilt #3?
This one is the most complex of the three - it's has embroidered leaves and pumpkins as well as geometic shapes and squigglies.
Maybe it's just because the items are teeny tiny (and thus completed faster), but babies seem to inspire a lot of people to take up crafty pursuits! When the little sprog arrives, it's going to have a small collection of hand-sewn bedding items, at least two little sweaters, and a variety of other hand-sewn and needle-crafted pieces of apparel …
My sister has made two patchwork coverlets (is that the term for lightweight, baby-friendly non-puffy quilts?). I posted the first one at Going Domestic awhile ago, but I managed to snap a shot of the latest one the other day:
Much as I've admired the wares over at Posh Tots, I can't bring myself to spend more on baby furniture than I did on my car. The infamous e-Children store here in town has a circular crib on display; it's lovely with dragonflies carved into the sides, and it's $1200 without any bedding. Chris and I were going to buy a fairly ordinary crib for the little sprog, figuring that it's sensible not to spend a bundle on what is, afterall, temporary furniture.
But I am ever the fan of decorating on the cheap (as long as it doesn't look like it), and one of my co-workers gave me a fabulous nursery decorating tip today! One of her friends, instead of spending the moolah to buy a crib with a painted design or fancy carvings, bought a plain crib, and then went to M*chaels and bought a bunch of wooden cut-outs in the shapes of flowers and fairies. She put on a few coats of non-toxic paint, and then attached the cut-outs to the outside ends of the crib, which was transformed into something lovely and unique.