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Saturday, December 8th, 2012

A Christmas Craft For Tiny Hands

Pomanders are an old fashioned traditional holiday decoration that make great gifts and are easy enough for little hands to make (very nearly) on their own. We used clementines because Chase REALLY wanted to try this project after finding it in one of our craft books and that’s what we had in the kitchen. But it turns out that a clementine is just the right size for her level of ability and concentration.

You don’t even need many supplies. Fruit, whole cloves and a skewer to help poke pilot holes for the cloves. Oh, and some string or ribbon for hanging. I helped her tie the twine. She could probably do that part on her own but we tied it after the fruit was studded with cloves so it was a little tricky and I helped.

They smell just like Christmas.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

I Earned My Popcorn

I did some good work today.  All kinds of stuff!  Still crossing things off that list and feeling good about it!  I have an OB appointment tomorrow.  I’m anxious to know if there’s been any, shall we say, movement.  I’m enjoying making good use of this time but all of the excitement and anticipation is the best part, isn’t it?   Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

One Yard Wonders Blog Tour and Giveaway! — Closed

It’s here!  One Yard Wonders Fabric by Fabric is hot off the presses.  I’m so thrilled to be among the contributors to this book.  It’s full of awesome projects and I’m going to share my favorites with you as a part of the blog tour!  AND the good people at Storey are providing a free copy of the book to a lucky winner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Doll 2

I worked on stuff over the weekend.  I took the sad bits of cloth that were lying around waiting to be Avery’s counterpart to Chase’s silver Rapunzel and finally finished it.  I like this one.  She’s soft and cuddly she is.  And I gave her brown hair.  Brown and kind of greenish but she’s not that picky… yet.  I drew the face on this time but it looks about as good as the 4-year old created version.  Oh, and I used a Sharpie.  A while back I participated in a craft stash swap and Mindy sent me a pack of fabric pens.  Brilliant!  I love them already!  Thanks to Kim for organizing that, totally fun.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

In the Works

Chase has been bugging me to make her a doll for a week or two.  I took out the Martha Stewart Craft Encyclopedia that I have, not surprisingly, never used.  The doll, of course, is a princess.  She wanted her clothes to be silver, for her to have a crown, and a new dress afterward.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

The Mermaidens!

And I’m officially done!  I did everything I could to sabotage this project.  Everything.  I started by not reading the instructions.  After reading the instructions I decided not to follow them.  Then I committed a series of sewing sins.  But there they are and, at the end of the day, I decided not to hate them.  They kind of don’t look anything like the picture in the book but the girls will never know that.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Baby Blocks

I’m happy to report that they’re done!  I’m planning to let her open them on Christmas Eve.  Last year I let Chase open her pyjamas at night but I don’t think I’m going to get to pyjamas this year so I’ll probably let her open her hat.  Or her mermaiden if I get to it.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Slipper Making Fool

More like socks actually.  I wanted to keep these ones pretty badly but I already packed and shipped them off to their new home.  Then I made a new pair for myself but the sweater wasn’t as heavy so they’re not quite as warm.  I’ll have to go hunting the perfect sweater again next week.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Thinking But Not Doing

So I’ve been thinking about doing something. Writing something that is. Something that I don’t sit down and bang out on the fly. Something that is well thought out and coherent. Something that requires planning. Planning… right. So all I have to do is organize my thoughts a little. Maybe on a piece of paper with a pen. I’ve been thinking about it for about three days now and have yet to make a move.  Par for the course I guess. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Two Parties

Two cakes, two outfit changes, two, maybe three goodie bags.  The weekend of many parties.  So many parties that I could hardly keep it all straight and almost showed up two hours early for one.  Whoops.

I have plenty of things on my to do list but I’m recovering tonight from all the time I spent in the last few days cutting felt into tiny pieces.  Today’s birthdays were for two of Chase’s very special friends so we made some very special gifts.  Chase even helped me do some sewing on the machine.

The thing about making surprises is the waiting.  As soon as I pull stuff off the machine I want to run right out and give it to the intended recipient.  Sometimes before I even cut off the threads and finish up properly.  These two projects didn’t involve too much sewing but I did kill an entire bottle of fabric glue.

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