Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Little Holiday Elf and Kid Craftiness

Oh my gosh, I’m back again! Yes, I’ve been a busy little bee the past few weeks. This is another project that has helped those creative juices to flow. Jessica and I were in Michaels one day over the summer  looking for some crafty supplies for her. She had checked out a craft book from the Bookmobile that stopped by her school once a week during summer break, and she wanted to make some of the projects. While we were wandering around we saw a display for holiday projects and they had those “free take one” patterns. It stayed in my purse for a month or so I must admit. But, I did use it! Check it out…

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Golly, it’s good when football season starts. I can get some projects done while watching the game(s). *Ü* I did have to do her hat a second time, truth be told. The first time my stitches were too loose and the hat came down to her collar, covering her whole head. Not a good look. And I couldn’t find the right sized  pom pom maker (that we used to make all those Angry Bird pom-poms), so I ended up using my fingers to make the pom-pom. Hopefully we can find a spot for her at holiday time. Here’s  the link if you would like the pattern for her.

And I have to share some of the things Jessica was inspired to make from the book she checked out. The flowers and embroidery floss are what we were shopping for that day in Michaels. Yes, I know I have a plethora of craft supplies, but sometimes even with all that, you need to look for that just right item.

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These sweet little fairies are hanging over her head in bed. 


And this sweet fairy oversees us in the living room.  Aren’t they lovely? She did a great job!

This next project is the first one she worked on and she really impressed me! It’s a dancing doll (as best we can remember) I just took these pictures a few minutes ago.



Can you believe the amount of detail she put into this? I remember her working so patiently on the coloring. And the precision she managed with the cutting.  So impressive.

And I can’t neglect Amy…she wasn’t into the crafty projects this past summer,  but over the weekend she created a little vehicle with Lego pieces and conducted a scientific experiment with it. And she also took pictures of the vehicle. Not too shabby on her part! The black rod with the red end is spring loaded somehow and her experiment had to do with drag affecting the distance the vehicle traveled.

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Gotta say I am proud of my girls.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Circular Afghan for Baby

Thank you so much for the warm welcome back to posting. I appreciate that you still stop by even though it’s been a while.

Here’s a project I worked on that seems to have sparked the flow of creative juices. The teacher that Amy had last year is pregnant. She is the same teacher that Jessica had when she was in 2nd grade. This means we have a pretty good relationship.  Anyway, of course once I heard she was going to have a baby, I wanted to make something for her and the new baby. I decided to make an afghan. Originally I wanted to use teal because that’s one of the colors she said she was using, but I couldn’t find a good teal color, so I opted for yellow instead. And I liked the idea of making a circular afghan. It’s sort of like an oversized doily!

Here’s the finished project:

103_0092I’m really happy with the end result. It wasn’t hard to do as it’s mostly double crochets (my favorite stitch). The color is a lovely buttery yellow, so snuggly!

As I was working on this project, I had gone into Michaels for something and they were having a demonstration using some yarn I’ve seen in the stores, but had NO clue as to how to use. The gal showed how to knit the yarn and when you are done you end up with this:

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Isn’t that neat? On the last picture, you can see what looks sort of like a web. I thought that you had to add that to the yarn, but it’s already there! It’s from Red Heart and it’s called Boutique Sashay. You are basically just working with the top edge of the yarn and as you are doing the stitch it starts to become all curliqued. So neat. I had this done in a couple of evenings(because I had to get the hang of knitting again). Love the colors too, so rich and fall like. You can see what the yarn looks like in the skein to understand why I had no clue until the demonstration.

So, working on these two projects is what sparked the creative juices. Yay for fun projects!

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Having Fun with “The Birds”

Long time no see! How the heck are you? Me? I’m doing fine and (shhhh, don’t tell anyone) I’m feeling a teensy bit crafty these days. What an odd feeling. Not used to it any more. But, while it’s here, I thought I’d dust off this ole blog and post. You never know, it might just become habit forming! We’ll see!

We helped celebrate our friend Aaron’s birthday yesterday and a mama bird told me that Aaron really enjoys Angry Birds after Amy’s party. So, I decided to have some fun.


The inspiration for the card came from THIS POST on Devotion to the Dream  and the really neat boxes came from THIS POST on Sharon Langford Designs. I had hoped to make some of the boxes for Amy’s party back in June, but it never happened. The box is from Sweet Tooth Boxes, a Cricut cartridge.

Aaron seemed happy with his gifts. Yay! And they were fun to create, double yay!

I don’t think I ever shared pictures from Amy’s party. It was fun to put together, and the girls had fun helping. Just to give you a taste…

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It’s been a while, so I don’t have the links to where I found stuff, but if you want to have your own Angry Birds themed party, really, just Google the theme and loads of links will come up. We got the idea to do the pom poms from the Bookmobile at the beginning of summer break. We initially meant to do just one type of bird and it morphed into all of those you see. The Minute to Win It games were kind of thought up at the last minute and we did just a few, but they were a big hit. The cookie one I remember seeing on America’s Home Videos once and it was hysterical. The other one was stacking 5-6 dice on a popsicle stick. I was pleased that the adults got involved in these games. It was a lot of fun. And if you have eagle eyes you can see a bit of the finished kitchen…

And on that note, that’s it from me for now. I have taken some pictures of a couple of other things I’ve been working on, so you may see something from me again soon…if you are interested enough to stick around, I know it’s been a while.

Thanks for reading!