Valentine’s Day seems to be about a hundred years ago, but since I’ve been MIA for so long, I have a lot of catching up to do. I’d like to introduce you to Rex and Steggie, (or Kissasaurus and Huggasaurus Rex, as I called them when I delivered them), two felt dinos I made for Cameron and Alex for Valentine’s Day. Back around Christmastime, Cameron saw me knitting and asked me to knit him a dinosaur. I said “maybe” which he took to mean “absolutely, right this minute!” and from that day on, each time I saw him he asked if I’d gotten a chance to make him that dinosaur “like I promised”.
Valentine’s day seemed like a good excuse to fulfill my promise, but I decided that I had no hope of knitting them so I’d make the dinos out of felt. I played around with some paper pattens and came up with Rex first. He came out perfectly and I nearly sprained my arm from patting myself on the back. I just sewed a toy! Very exciting. After Rex, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make two of the same dinos to avoid the “I wanted that one” fights, but that seemed boring so I challenged myself to make a pattern for Steggie. He was supposed to come out smaller than Rex but, sadly, things didn’t work out that way. That left me with a dilemma.
Big brother, Cameron is on a kick now where he has to be the biggest, best, fastest, the one with the most guns, the most powers, etc. etc. So… would he want the biggest felt dino, or the smaller T-Rex dino, since T-Rex was the king of the dinosaurs? I couldn’t decide so I consulted my sister who said he’d want the biggest one. I think I would have lost either way, but unfortunately when I delivered them on V-Day, Cameron complained that he didn’t get Rex until I told him that he was hurting my feelings. The next night I watched the boys so my sister and her husband could go on their belated anniversary/Valentine’s Day date and both boys tucked their dinos into bed with them when they climbed under the covers so I think that everyone was happy in the end.
My cousin emailed me to ask for instructions on making the little Snowkids I make every winter, and as I was writing out the steps for her, I was reminded of She Likes Purple and her handwritten post last week. I loved that idea so much, I decided, since I’m in such a good mood today, to give you two fun things all rolled in to one. Not only do you get instructions for making your own adorable Snowkids (or baby sock snowmen, if you prefer), but you also get them handwritten and illustrated by me. Sorry, my penmanship used to be MUCH better, but this will have to do. Enjoy!
If you’d like to print the instructions for later, click here for the PDF instructions.
Do you have a friend who just can’t keep her fish alive, no matter how hard she tries? A friend who probably has a WANTED poster tacked up at the back of the aquatic area of every pet store in Connecticut? A friend who wants to have fish but keeps mysteriously losing the ones she buys? If you have a friend like this, have I got the perfect solution! The everlasting, impossible to kill, no tank-cleaning required tropical aquarium.
A while back I had seen this post on Purl Bee about making magnetic, felt fish and it caught my eye. I bookmarked it and went back a few times to look at it, then one day while trying to decide what to make a certain friend (cough!Paula) for her birthday, it hit me! Fish that won’t die!
Now, don’t get me wrong. Some people have bad luck with houseplants, others have bad luck with fish. This friend is one of these people. No matter what she does for them, her fish keep croaking and I didn’t want her to get discouraged about losing so many fish so I thought I’d just give her a few that would never go belly up.
Each fish is made with layers of felt sewn together with a magnet sandwiched inside. My handy-dandy husband cut out a piece of steel in the shape of a tank and I spray-painted it a nice shade of tropical blue. I added some plants and a few rocks and, ta-da! An everlasting aquarium! Never again feel the pain of flushing a dead fish or feel shame when entering the fish store. My friend (cough!Paula) can move the fish around and rearrange the tank and – even better – never worry about leaving these fish alone when she goes on vacation. Pretty neat, huh?
Happy Birthday, Paula. I hope you don’t mind that I told the Internet that you’re a fish-killer. Oops, did I say that?
Last week I proclaimed my love for embroidery. Now I’m wondering if it’s the embroidery I like, or the felt. I think I’m in love with felt. I made this big monogrammed pillow over the last few nights and the felt was so easy to work with that now I’m imagining all sorts of new felt projects. Felt purses, felt toys, felt hats…
I believe I’ve been bitten by the embroidery bug. I now think that everything could be better with a little embroidery. I’m designing new pillows, updating old ones, and best of all, making pincushions!
I love these. I already have enough pincushions of my own so I’m thinking of putting these in the shop. They’re so much fun to make. I made the one with the bird (which really looks like an Easter chick but that’s not what I was aiming for) while I watched Private Practice last night.
And can I say, the whole hype about a “Grey’s Anatomy–Private Practice Two Hour Special Event” last night? Shenanigans. There was no point at which the two shows crossed. I was very disappointed. Next week it looks like the characters will actually be on the same set together so NEXT week can get the “2-Hour Special Event” hype.
So anyhow, pincushions! Cute, no? Stay tuned for a shop update and more embroidered things, I’m sure.
I was going to call this post “Embroider-y”, as in, “I’ve been all embroider-y lately”, meaning I’ve been thinking and playing with embroidery a lot, but then I realized that “embroidery” was an actual word, and that I am an idiot.
In any event, this is the work-in-progress embroidery portrait I’ve been working on. What? You don’t recognize who it is? Here’s a full-body shot, maybe that will help.
Why, of course, it’s ME! It’s a drawing Cameron made of me last summer when we were in Maine. (The original is here.) I haven’t finished the hair yet, that’ll come tonight, and then I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. Make a pillow maybe? I don’t know, is it odd to decorate your house with pictures of yourself?