Monday, February 28, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
How do you store your needles? I have a pin cushion that use to take care of them but I was having trouble with little people pushing the needles right down into it. Frustrating, but again one of those things that I remember doing to my mothers pin cushion so it makes it hard to be too cross about that. :-) (Sorry Mum). This felt cloud is what I have been using lately. Although it looks kind of cute (to me anyway) it wasn't really doing the job. I have wanted to make some kind of needle book for a while now and even had a couple in the mid-craft pile (recently culled).
Since the three girls are now sewing with real needles, we are going to start working towards making up a sewing set for them while improving their sewing along the way. Good idea, don't you think? I searched flickr looking at all kinds of needle books that might be easy for kids. There were lots of great ideas and this one isn't exactly kids beginners level but the girls had an idea for what they wanted. Mostly, it had to be quick. I had seen this tutorial for a child's sewing kit a while ago, which includes a pattern for a needle book and pin cushion and thought it would do the job.
They all did a pretty good job with the sewing machine. I am hoping to get Esther and Ellamay back on there some time soon to make some little bags. We have been dreaming up all the other things we need to make or buy for their sewing set. We aren't going to make the sewing box that goes with the tutorial at the moment, though I would like to try it some time.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
After school on Wednesday, there was the slightest breath of wind and Amelia decided she wanted to go kite flying. Esther and Ellamay got these octopus kites for a birthday or Christmas and they don't come out much because we never remember to take them with us when we go to good kite flying locations and because we have power lines just outside our yard.
Friday, February 11, 2011
I know I am biased - but could this be one of the cutest back to school photo ever? Amelia had to be in it. And she had to wear her party hat from Daddy's birthday the night before. Esther is wearing her school hat and Ellamay looks like she wants to get going. They were pretty excited to go to school after all the weeks of "boooring" holidays. I was pretty glad too. I think my children do like the school routine.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
We celebrated Tim's birthday last week. We made a mower cake. Tim loves to mow the grass. He has a collection of mowers (I think that is kind of funny). Anyway, I came across this idea for father's day cupcakes and thought we could use it for the cake. The kids iced it and then attacked it with forks to make it look like grass. I made the mower from a fun size Mars bar, a few M&Ms and a piece of licorice.