22 December 2009

Cranberry Garland


Our tree is predominantly red, brown, white and silver and looks very dapper in strings of cranberries. Hubs, this year, had fun stringing some cranberries with Spud to add to our tree. Spud turns out to be a stringing machine and declared "I really love working with my hands".

The cranberry coloured button helped to start things off.

Hubs found this perfect needle amongst the sewing stuff we've inherited from grandmas and such. I'm sure there's a technical term for it but all I know is, it's large, thick, blunt, and therefore perfect for our little 5 year old's fingers. Perhaps it's a rug needle? Anyway, it rocks.

The fishing line worked really well too.

Looking good. Getting there.

Here it is in action.

We also have wooden ones we bought from IKEA years ago so we don't have to string all day.

20 December 2009

Bird Feeder Wreaths Mobile


· Bagels cut in half
· Peanut butter [or suet]
· Bird seed
· Spatula
· Ribbon
· Pie plate

First we tied ribbon around the bagel for hanging. Next, we spread the peanut butter on the cut side. Then we dipped the peanut butter side onto a layer of seeds.

We thought, given that we live a rainy city, it would be best to make them a bit of a roof too. And this turns the whole project into a mobile.

Finally we hung it outside Spud's bedroom window ... just waiting for the birds to find it now.

19 December 2009

Paper Snowflakes

Boy, things are gearing up at work so much lately; with working more and more 12-14 hour days it's getting harder and harder to find the time to hang out with my Spud. So, I took full advantage of the time I had with him this morning to do something Christmassy. We decided on continuing a little holiday tradition of ours ... hanging paper snowflakes from the top of his bedroom door. He likes to run through them. I'm also hoping they scare away Mr. Stick [his current, most-dreaded, resident monster].

1. Started with a square piece of paper and folded it in half [tissue paper is easier to use for little hands but I didn't have any handy]

2. Folded it in half again

3. Then folded it in thirds, so ...

it looked like this.

4. Trimmed off the bottom tails

And then off we went ...

15 December 2009

Robot Bag

Check out this crazy-cute bag that one of my uber talented customers, over at Wampeters come and come go made with the Robot Gear Garden Fabric.

Check out her blog. She links to where she found the bag pattern.

10 December 2009

School Concert Costume Time

Spud was pretty hesitant to try it on at first. "OK, but don't laugh at me" he warned. Which was a bit alarming because I don't think we do a lot of that. When we got to the concert though and he saw all his other little penguin buddies running around he couldn't get the costume on fast enough. "Hurry, hurry!" he scolded.

One little girl must have thought it was pretty special also because she was chasing him around the stage trying to pick him up [she is much smaller than him] and give him a big hug. This went on for 10 minutes before the show started. I asked him about it after the concert "No, she's never done that before". We didn't anticipate the chick-magnet qualities of the costume at all. That was just a bonus, I guess.

·My black hoodie with arms rolled way up
·Scrap piece of white faux fur for the tummy [which we will repurpose later]
·Yellow baseball cap for the beak [which we thankfully already had]
· One Styrofoam ball cut in half for the eyes [plus buttons and sundries]

That's it! I loosely tacked the fur onto the hoodie so it would be easy to take off later. Hubs carefully constructed the eyes and sewed them onto the hood ... he has way more patience than I do.

06 December 2009

I Love Advent Calendar Season

I guess that's why we have two!

Well, it's day 6 on the advent calendar and that means that St. Nicholas paid a visit to our house last night and left a few treats in Spud's wee shoes that he left outside his bedroom door last night.

A book about bad dreams. Some chocolate. Stickers. Wind up toy. Cute erasers. A shark ring. And lego candy. You can build with it ... and then eat it! Spud held his hands up to the sky and said "Thank you St. Nicholas. Thank you!" with such passion. I think it helped blow off some of that waiting-for-the-big-day steam.