Oh, I almost forgot -- please feel free to make these mice for yourself, your friends, your kitties, and even to sell in your shops. Just please don't sell my pattern -- that wouldn't be very cool.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
My Monkeys, my sweet husband and I all had a very nice Christmas. The Monkeys opened their presents (after dawn, which is always nice,) we went to Mass (we avoid the Christmas Eve overflowing crowds when we can -- crowds can be tricky with lots of little ones in tow) and then drove to my sister-in-law's house for fajitas. A long day, but I appreciate, again and again, how fortunate we all are, and how many blessings we truly have.
The kids were all excited to participate -- perhaps motivated by a Starbucks gift card as a prize? They all did a fantastic job with theirs. I can't wait for next year's contest! I'm already scheming.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Happy anniversary, sweetheart!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I recently participated in a Mini-Holiday Swap on Craftster. Quick and easy -- just three small items!
I received my cute little items from homerof2 yesterday. (Oh, you've gotta check out my partner's quilts. Amaaazing.)
A lovely crocheted ornament:
A set of woven coasters. I really needed some more coasters, and should to learn how to make these!
A tissue cozy:
And my favorite, a Christmas themed square pincushion!
I love them all! Thanks, Cindy! (Partner, please stop reading if you made it this far!!)
Now, what I made for my partner:
A set of extra-large tea towels that can hang on the oven handle (or whatever handle, really):
The handles attach with velcro; the buttons are just decorative.
I know the pincushion is not Christmas-y, but we were allowed to send non-holiday items, too.
It was a low-stress swap, and a lot of fun. (And I really must make myself some of those tea towels!)
My Monkeys have cabin fever. Yes, after one cold day inside. Again, I don't know how you northerners do it, day after freezing day. The Monkeys begged and begged to go outside, but didn't have any warm winter hats.
So I whipped up a few with -- you guessed it -- recycled wool sweaters.
Take a thrifted, large (or better yet, extra-large) wool sweater, and carefully cut the sleeves off at the seams. Try to only cut the yarn that holds the sleeves to the body. It won't hurt it too badly if you accidentally cut other yarns, but it will look a little messy.
Next, you can sew (or not sew) the sleeves to make three different types of hats.
#1 -- No-sew top-knot hat
My teens liked these the best. They said they saw them in a movie. (Not sure about the authenticity of that claim.)
Take the sleeve. Tie a knot near the top. Put the head in the sleeve (arm hole) opening.
The curve of the arm hole is perfect for where the face would be, and just happens to curve around to cover the ears. Very snug and warm, I'm told.
The edge can also be turned up like a cuff.
#2 -- One-stitch single-layer hat
Take the sleeve, and turn it inside-out. Try it on the intended wearer's head. Mark where the hat should end (or just guess like I did.) Stitch along that line in a curve, straight line, or even a point, depending on how you want the hat to look. Trim off excess.
Turn hat, and wear. The bottom edge can be turned up, too.
#3 -- Two-stitch double-layer hat.
This hat is extra-warm, since it has two layers. You're basically sewing the ends of the sleeves together, to make a tube. Sew through all 4 layers.
Flatten the tube, and sew a seam along one long edge to close the hat. Turn.
You can make a cowl, too. . . . Stop after sewing the ends together to make a super-cute cowl. My Monkeys threw a fit about that, and said either choked them (it didn't) or it looked stupid (it didn't.)
Now, I know these aren't the loveliest of hats, but they are inexpensive and very, very quick. Perfect for those monkeys who either lose hats constantly or don't have to wear them anywhere special, or very often. I imagine that if you took more time to make them, they could be very cutely embellished with ears, appliques, pom-poms, or whatever. Next, I plan to try making some matching mittens from felted sweaters using this fantastic tutorial!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
For $0.95 each, I smile a little bit more.
And how about a peek at my newest item in my shop? I'll post here about it very soon . I have to get a couple of things ready before I post, but it will be soon -- I promise!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Right after Thanksgiving, my sweet husband was sent out of town on business. . . until December 23rd. Yes, his bosses have lost their minds. Unfortunately, my husband wasn't asked to do this particular job, and couldn't refuse. So now both of our jobs have gotten tremendously difficult, and at a most inconvenient time of the year! I don't know how you military families and single parents do this every day. You have my admiration and respect. I am just plain exhausted, and my night-owlishness is just about cured as of late.
Here is Monkey 7, completely shocked and rendered speechless at the sight of candy. In his shoes. (And yes, he wore his sister's shirt to sleep in that night. Yes, it's a long story, and no, it's not worth re-telling. Really boring, really.)
Right after that, we watched a very small parade -- so much smaller than last year's.