Friday, September 24, 2010

Bring on the Babies! Season 2

Spring was baby season #1 this year for me. And this fall brings on baby season #2. Today I went to a shower for 2 coworkers who are each having a baby in the coming months.

So what would a crafty statistics nerd give to coworkers who aren't stat nerds? Statistical burp cloths! But statosaurs and smiley distributions weren't what my husband and I wanted for this occasion. We wanted something more general. ABC's they are general aren't they? I'm guessing these two coming babies will eventually learn to speak.

So we pulled out all the stops and learned how to applique with my embroidery machine. I've been meaning to do it a while now and just never did. So Wednesday night, I just tried it. And you know what. It was pretty easy.

All you have to do is tell the embroidery program that the fill is applique. Then, load the pattern and fabric into the machine like normal, put the applique fabric on top, hit go, and it'll stop at the right spot so you can cut the applique fabric. You've got to cut it REALLY close to the stitching. But that's it. Let the machine finish, and viola, applique!

Here's what we crafted:

A is for Average.

B is for Box Plot.

C is for Correlation.

Great! And the moms-to-be seemed to like them. :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thanks to Dr. Leemis

An item recently added to my Etsy shop owes a big thanks to Dr. Lawrence Leemis at The College of William and Mary. The Univariate Distributions Poster is a giant version of the smaller chart he published in one of his papers.

It is one of the most amazing charts I've ever seen. My husband got permission from Dr. Leemis to make this poster and sell it in my store. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Here is a link to the original paper, too.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Statosaur Stampede!

This year has been the year of babies for people I know. Not only did I have one, but so did my sister-in-law, my sister's sister-in-law, a friend from college, a friend from grad school, and 2 friends from work. And my sister is due next April! Lots of babies. That could explain the recent explosion of baby items in my shop.

I designed the statosaurs before my daughter was born, about 5 months ago. And just recently did I get around to putting them on burp cloths. I've been sharing their nerdy cuteness with my new baby friends, too. Sadly, my own daughter has only received the practice pieces or items that didn't come out good enough to sell. She doesn't seem to mind too much. :)