So my beloved friend, who I insist on calling Poodles if for no other reason that it rhymes with Noodles, is knocked up. And I couldn't be happier for her and her hubby (who got appointed my surrogate big brother many moons ago.)
They're having a little girl, who they plan to name Josie, some time in early December. I am, of course, putting my vast and general dislike of children aside because genetically speaking, the kid has absolutely zero chance of being unfun, uncool, or unclever. In fact, I fully expect her to pop out with an arsenal of snappy comebacks, witticisms and a hyper-advanced knowledge of writing, music and pop culture.
Poods (she LOVES it when I call her that) asked me if I'd be willing to take on a nursery-decorating project and when I saw what she had in mind, I said yes in less time than it took me to finish reading her e-mail.
Her plan is to use this etsy creation as inspiration:
She's given me a lot of leeway and said she wants cool fabric (none of this solid stuff) to spell out Josie. And it's up to me to figure out if I want to use ribbons, hooks, magic, etc, to get them to stick to the wall. Because I'm a hyper-achiever (over-achievers are the new underachievers. Hyper- is where it's at), I immediately sent her an e-mail featuring 38 different fabrics that I thought might fit with her color scheme.
Here's the catch. I have some idea of how to do this, but I'm not sure the best method.
I can trace big letters onto freezer paper for patterns, cut it out, sew them and stuff it, but I'm afraid they'll look lumpy and lame. And since I have big plans of being the world's coolest non-biological aunt, that simply won't do.
She said they didn't have to be soft, so I found this tutorial over at Jo-Ann's.
It seems like it'll work, but I'm half afraid it will be TOO easy. Because, apparently, I'm a glutton for punishment.
I'm not sure of the font I want to use, or the size of each letter, but I think I want them to resemble a whimsical version of these from Anthro _ maybe upper case, maybe lower?
Anyway, you guys are smart. Any ideas or suggestions on how to do this? Lemme know! And a preemptive thanks from me and Little J.