When your favorite foxy cougar woman turns 40, it demands a special kind of cake. In this case, we adorned a vintage 1980s ken doll with cougar finger puppets and then surrounded him with delicious cupcakes. A birthday fit for a queen cougar!
What defines love in a modern-day relationship? Making dinner unexpectedly or bringing home some when the fridge is empty? Maybe it’s assembling your IKEA desk without even having to be asked? Letting the bathroom garbage overflow with stained menstrual paraphernalia without as much as a snide remark? All these signs can point to love, and would net my recommendation if not admiration. But none of these items has come close, not even remotely close, to what I recently experienced.
It started off as your average Sunday. My boyfriend, Nick, and I had just moved into a new apartment and we were painting the bedroom. It was a nice midnight blue that I picked out. We had just taken a break and Nick had my phone, my, ahem, iPhone in his shirt pocket after briefly borrowing it to look up the hours of operation of Home Depot.
“Closed. Too bad.” We’d have to go in the morning.
“Got to get back to work.” He announced reluctantly. “I want to finish the wall before 10.”
As he leaned over to pick up the paint roller my eyes fixed on the beautiful shiny silver technological wonder in his shirt pocket. The same little wonder that I had come to love in a way that I had never experienced with an inanimate object before. My iPhone, my baby, was slipping. It was slipping out of Nick’s shirt pocket heading directly towards the can of midnight blue paint.
The horror! The absolute midnight blue horror!
Time seemed to slow down, the adrenaline started to flow, my fight-or-flight reflexes kicked into overdrive. But alas not even Super Woman reflexes could have prevented what happened next. Gravity won. My precious baby fell straight from Nick’s shirt pocket into the can of midnight blue paint with a sound mimicking my sinking heart.
“Plop, plop, plop.”
What happened next is blurry. But when I came to, what I saw was so beautiful, such an honest act of love and devotion, that I almost cried.
My boyfriend was performing CPR on my iPhone. Initially, I was horror struck, as any sane, non-paint sucker would be. But my shock and concern quickly turned to acceptance and from acceptance came a stranger feeling. We don’t have kids or dogs or even fish, I thought. Instead we have our iPhones and our Blackberries, and our mp3 players. Call it shallow, call it obnoxious, call it what you will, but these are the things that we love the most so it would only make sense that when my iPhone fell into the paint he would do all he could to reverse the damage.
So instead of yelling, “Stop, what are you doing! Don’t eat the paint, its poison!” I opted for “Suck!” “Keep sucking! Suck it all out!” “Suck until there’s nothing left!”
“I’m trying!” he gasped back between breaths. “I’m trying the best I can!”
It was too soon to tell if it was all for nothing. But it didn’t matter. His act of bravery and loyalty under fire was what mattered. And even if my iPhone didn’t survive I knew that our love in the wireless age would. #
I ran across an awesomely cheesy piece of fabric at the store last weekend and thought "I don't know what I will make out of this, but I will think of something!" The answer? Beefcake oven mitts! What hip happening young lady's kitchen is complete without one of these?
Estimated time: 1 hour.
Skill level: Easy
Supplies: 1/2 yard fabric (For these mitts, I used "Wrangler" fabric by Alexander Henry.) 1/2 yard cotton or cotton/ploy insulating batting (I used a 6 oz cotton-poly blend) 1/2 yard of lining fabric 1/2 yard of double-fold bias tape
An oven mitt pattern. You can use an oven mitt you already own to make a pattern-- just trace around the mitt, adding about 1/2 inch all around for the seams. Or, you can download a free pattern here.
How to make the mitt:
1. Cut two pieces of your main fabric and two of your lining fabric. Cut four pieces of batting.
2. To make each half of the mitt, pin together one piece of fabric, two pieces of batting and one piece of lining.
3. Sew around the edge of the mitt, being careful not to let the fabric bunch.
4. Use a small straight stitch to "quilt" the layers of fabric together. Use any pattern you like. On these mitts, I did a slightly curved zig zag back and forth across the mitts. "Quilting" will help hold the layers of fabric together. Repeat this step on the other half of the mitt.
5. Finish the bottom edge of each with double-fold bias tape, using a small to medium zig-zag stitch. I used double-fold quilting tape for this project.
6. Pin the two sides of the mitt together, with right sides of the fabric facing in.
7. Sew the mitt together. Reinforce the thumb using a reverse stitch on the curve where the thumb meets the fingers of your mitt.
8. Turn the mitt right side out.
Sew slowly so the fabric doesn't shift or bunch.
Trim any excess batting before sewing the two halves of the mitt together.