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‘To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.’

Albert Einstein

Friday, May 2, 2008

Fairie quilt update

It's been over three years since I joined the FairieGoddessMothers group on Yahoo, and this is how far I've come with my fairie quilt. The background is done, so now I need to figure out how to applique the beautiful lady.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Keeping warm in style

This hat was made for my Star Wars fanatic son's 4th birthday. It was inspired by a post on Using double strands of wool blend navy blue yarn from my grandmother's stash, I crocheted him a beanie. My mom's stash provided the gray yarn for the trim and TIE advanced X1 (Darth Vader's fighter).

I think this is the first wearable I've given a family member. It tickles me how decent it looks and how happy he is to pull it on every time we go outside.

Friday, November 30, 2007

What a piece of junk!

My daughter wanted her own "personal traveler" for doing exchanges at letterboxing gathers, so I carved her favorite ship for her. The template I used is in the upper left. The stamped images are in silver and blue. The orange piece is the actual stamp.

Unfortunately we didn't get to go to the December gather, but it's ready for the next one.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Halloween costumes!

It was a Star Wars Halloween at our house. My daughter was the beautiful Princess Leia. My son was a jawa - he was exactly the right height.

Inspiration for the costumes came from

Princess Leia wore a white turtleneck shirt, a white graduation gown, and a belt made from white vinyl with mirrored stickers for detail. The pink hiking boots were necessary due to the pouring rain outside.

The Jawa wore a black hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants for a bottom layer. His cloak and hood were made out of brown polarfleece. There was a visor sewn inside the hood made from a strip of plastic canvas used by old ladies to make tissue box covers. The belt was military surplus found in his father's stash. Although it was far from authentic, the polyester fleece held up to the rain better than a cotton one would.

Here's a close-up of The Hair. The pattern for the cap came from here. The all-important buns were found here. She wore the hat around the house for days!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Snuggly & warm, and the shrug is nice, too

My daughter is always chilly in church, so I offered to make a shrug for her. This was made with Lion brand Jiffy yarn, found on clearance at Michael's craft store. She really likes it, and I'm rather proud that I made something pretty and useful.

The pattern for the shrug came from a search of online patterns. The one I used can be found here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Passing it along

Tonight I finished a shrug I made for my daughter. Pictures will coming after vacation.

After watching me work on it over the past few weeks, my daughter wanted to try crochet for herself. I found a small ball of red yarn and a rather fat hook (K, I believe). Together we worked on making a chain. By the end, I was holding the chain and yarn while she worked the hook. Since fine motor control is a challenge for her, I was so happy to watch her crochet and get excited about making something for herself. Yay her!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Housekeeping tip

If you spot dust and dirt on your ceiling fan, turn it on. It's much harder to notice on a moving object.