Monthly Archives: December 2012

Scrap Wood Blocks Part 1

I did end up getting to most of my Christmas gift projects from my queue this year, but sometimes you need to admit defeat. I wanted to make little man a set of blocks from the scrap wood we had left over after building the chicken coop. I did pretty well. Cut out the pieces and sanded…oh about 8 of them. I managed to get some of them done while he and I were playing outside but the weather has been so rainy that there hasn’t been much outside playtime recently. So the blocks will have to wait for his birthday. Or maybe he’ll get to have them before his birthday if I finish them months ahead of time and don’t want to wait to give them to him (more likely scenario).

Here he was “helping” me trace out the shapes for his blocks on the larger pieces of wood.

There he is! Peek a boo!

Do you ever have to admit defeat on well-intentioned projects? Or at least postpone them for another time. I sure hope I’m not the only one!

Christmas Picture-Happy Post

What a sweet Christmas we had today. I hope it was just as sweet for you! Seeing little man wake up and find his gifts under the tree this morning made me so happy. Maybe happier than him?
Here’s a wrap up of our day in pictures. Warning…there are A LOT of them.
His barn and Santa hat were waiting for him on his new chair from his grandma and grandpa. I was so excited for him to find his new felt farm animals that were hidden inside!
He made a bee line for the barn. It had been hidden in another room for a few days. I think he was excited to see it again. I wonder what’s inside?
I see a pig!
What else is in there??
And the chicken and the puppy gave each other kisses too.
The boy and his new dump truck. Rocks were ready to be loaded in. He understood what to do right away.
Ooey gooey cinnamon rolls. 
Playing with his dump truck, and two wool balls that his mama made for him.
Time for a late lunch. Crab and Cauliflower Salad (didn’t get a picture before it was all gone!) and Chocolate and Pear Charlotte. So delicious!

How was your Christmas? What was your kiddo’s favorite gift?

Felt Farm Animals

I’m finally declaring myself finished with my Christmas present queue. (At least until after Christmas, when I have a few that I need to retroactively complete).  I thought I was done last week, until yesterday when I decided that little man *had* to have some farm animals to go in his toy barn. He’s been playing with the barn for a while (I bought it at a garage sale and used it with my preschoolers when I was working), but with no farm animals to go inside, it was definitely lonely. One time, I got all the farm animal blocks in his Uncle Goose block set and put them inside, but it didn’t really feel right. it needed “real” animals. I had visions of putting his barn under the Christmas tree and having him discover new animals inside. But it was already December 22nd. I figured I should just give up the Christmas morning idea and make them later on. I even considered going out and buying some farm animals but I couldn’t do it. And I’m stubborn.

So I found some patterns for stuffed farm animals. The pig, hen and lamb come from Martha Stewart, and the horse I found through some mad google searching skills. I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth (since all the patterns were free), but Martha’s directions were really terrible. I guess I’ve been spoiled by crafty bloggers who do awesome tutorials with step by step directions. Anyway, there were some frustrating moments, but if there’s one thing I’ve gotten better at through sewing and knitting, it’s patience. So I powered through, figured it out and finished. By the time I got to the horse (which has no directions at all), it was easy and I finished it in about 45 minutes. They’re not perfect, but I doubt he will care. I can’t wait for him to open his present!

The hen has a bean bag sewed to the bottom so that she doesn’t tip over. It also makes it very easy to have her peck a the ground. 
Here’s the gang. Soon I hope to add a black cat, a cow, a chick, a duck, a goose….*sigh*
There’s a pipe cleaner in Mr. Pig’s tail to keep it curled.
I couldn’t get him to stand straight up, so he’s a jumping horse.

So to those of you who celebrate Christmas, happy day before Christmas Eve! I don’t know if I’ll post again before the actual day so Merry Christmas!

Embroidered Handkerchiefs

*sigh*…I haven’t posted in an embarrassingly long time again. I assure you that it’s because I’m busy crafting, enjoying my family, recovering from the stomach flu (okay that one was not fun), enjoying my family some more. I have lots of posts queued up in my mind, but they wont write themselves. The pictures are taken. Heck, they’re even uploaded into blogger. I just need to sit down and write. I’m going easy on myself, though. No promises on new posts before the new year.

Here’s a little something that I made for my dad’s birthday gift this year. I wont tell you how old he turned, but it was one of the decade ones so it was extra special. My dad is one of those guys who isn’t easy to shop for. I usually end up buying him books because he is a big nerd (in a good way) and is constantly learning about lots of things all at the same time. Hmm…come to think of it, I’m like that too. Only I like to learn about things I can make with my hands, while he likes to learn about things like batteries, LEDs, and computational linguistics. Still, we’re both lifelong learners and I think that’s pretty cool. (Not to leave my mom out…she’s also an avid reader and lifelong learner).

Anyway, I wanted to make something special for my dad. He still uses cloth handkerchiefs so I initially thought about making him some handkerchiefs. Finding just the right fabric (soft linen, not too thick, but still crisp when you iron it) was overwhelming at best. Instead, I chose some really nice Irish linen handkerchiefs on Embroider This and decided I would embroider them for him.

Hubby and I brainstormed and he suggested writing post-sneeze sayings in different languages on the handkerchiefs. I loved the idea and started looking up the sayings I would use. When I wrote down “a tes souhaits” in French, I realized that French offered me the perfect trio of sayings (perfect in that I had three handkerchiefs). When someone sneezes in France you say “a tes souhaits” (to your wishes). If the same person sneezes again you say, “a tes amours” (to your loves), to which the sneezer is supposed to respond, “que les tiens durent toujours” (to yours lasting forever). It was settled. I printed the sayings in the font I wanted, used transfer paper to transfer them on the handkerchiefs, and set out to embroider. They were a hit and immediately got put to their intended use. I’m glad he’s not afraid to actually use them rather than keep them in a drawer.

Happy Birthday Dad! (Over a month later). I love you!