Grand plans

First of all, my boy’s teacher was very happy with my felt story board figures! Yay!!!

In sad-ish news, I had grand plans for working on the kids’ Halloween costumes today; during nap time as well as post bed time. But this is as far as I got:

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Yep. I gathered supplies. Better than nothing?
To make up for my lack of fun crafty news, in completely unrelated news, here’s a photo of a dog looking completely innocent of a crime I’m pretty sure it committed.

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Crafting for the co-op, 2!

Tonight I finished my felt pictures for the Wee Boy’s preschool! I made felt story illustrations for “the Big Green Monster,” “Ella Sarah Gets Dressed,” and “The Napping House.” I’m pleased with the results, although I think in real life my dog would be too pudgy to walk!

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In other news, the kids and I went apple picking in Sonoma with friends today! I hoped to take lots of interesting photos,
But I ended up forgetting my phone at my friend’s house, so I have none!! So here are two pics from Petaluma.
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I hope you had a nice weekend too!

Crafting for the co-op

The Wee Boy goes to a co-op preschool, which means it’s heavy on parent involvement. (Understatement???) At the recent business meeting, I volunteered to a request for felt images for stories, you know those felt boards on which teachers use felt figures to tell stories? Well, I said I’d make ’em. A few days later, I got the assignment. I procrastinated, worried that they might be complex, even though the teacher’s note read “outlines are perfect!” Luckily they are easy stories/figures, and I’m almost done with two out of the three books I agreed to do.

IMG_5509.JPG As you can see, outlines are not perfect for my Virgo self, I have to do details!!! The girl will get a face, don’t worry!!  Oops, and I see that one of the Big Green Monster’s ears snuck over to Ella Sarah’s hat.

They aren’t that much work, but this kind of work is best done when I’m at my best; morning or during nap.  After bed time I’m so tired, mindless knitting or spinning are my best bets.  My goal is to turn them in on Monday, but this is a full weekend with no naps at home scheduled, so we’ll see.

Quilt, day 5

By Day 4, I mean days of actually working on the quilt, not days that it’s been in existence.

Yesterday I sewed squares into strips 5-8, and today I sewed those strips to the rest of the quilt ( what I’d finished on Day 3).

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There’s a bit of poofiness in the middle, where I think I tried to hard to match corners and didn’t listen to what the fabric wanted to do. By this I suppose I really mean that my cutting wasn’t as precise as it should have been! 😉 I keep telling myself that it’s just my first one, and not to be hard on myself. 🙂

Quilt, day 3

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I kind of wanted to do more, but I also don’t want to burn out on this project. I also sustained some kind of bite in my right middle finger that has my hand feeling stuff and weird. Anyway! I’m so pleased! The squares are pretty even, and I haven’t messed up yet. 😉

Birthday shenanigans

I turned 37 today!  But before I could do any of my own celebrating, the kids and I had an Indiana Jones-themed kids’ party to attend!

I wasn’t on top of the gift shopping, but I happened to have something in my FO stash that I knew the kid would like– Star Wars reusable snack bags!  I’ve made a ton of these for my own kids, and we use them A LOT.

Snack bags!

Snack bags!

Animal crackers for scale.

Animal crackers for scale.

I like the tiny ones for nuts or raisins, the medium ones for crackers, etc., and the biggest ones are perfect for sandwiches or muffins.  They save us a lot of money and waste compared to plastic baggies.

Wrapped up!

Wrapped up!

There was an Indiana Jones entertainer at the party!  He was great!

Indy cracking his bull whip!

Indy cracking his bull whip!

The food was excellent AND entertaining.

Temple of doom cake, monkey brain jello!

Temple of doom cake, monkey brain jello!

The best part of the party might have been that the Birthday Boy’s grandma is a knitter like me, so we had lots to talk about; what we like to knit, yarns we like, Ravelry, our LYS, etc!

The Wee Boy fell asleep on the way home, so the Wee Girl helped me arrange my quilt squares!  We didn’t put too much thought into the arrangement, except that we tried not to have patterns next to each other, or solids next to each other.  Apparently I really like blue, because these were all scraps that were left over from other projects!  As it’s my first quilt, I would have preferred bigger squares for less sewing, but I really wanted to make the most of my scraps.  Sewing is different from knitting, in that you can’t really use up every last bit of fabric like you can with yarn.  My thrifty nature shudders to throw away a scrap of fabric that I might someday find use for.  How do you get over that???

Arranged!

Arranged!

Starting from the right side, I stacked them up in order, bull clipped them, and labeled them according to their row.  I think I’ll also print out a photo of our layout to make sure I sew them up correctly!

Organized.

Organized.

Ready to be pinned and sewn up!

Stacked!

Stacked!

Considering how bed time is going, I don’t think I’ll get to any sewing tonight, but maybe tomorrow.  In any case, this was more progress than I expected to make today, so I’m more than pleased!

Today

Today ended up being quite a full day, considering that the only thing on the agenda was a soccer game at 9am.  The kids and I ended up also going to the Marine Mammal Center, Rodeo Beach, into Sausalito for ice cream, to Fort Baker to see harbor seals, and I prepped an entire quilt top!  Phew!

Cool mobile at the Marine Mammal Center

Cool mobile at the Marine Mammal Center

We only saw one sea lion in the Marine Mammal Center.  A bunch were being released back into the wild today!  It was our first visit here, which is crazy, considering how many times we’ve been to the beach just down the hill.

After the Marine Mammal Center, we spent a few hours at Rodeo Beach.

Typical beach outing; sweaters and running away from Mommy.

Typical beach outing; sweaters and running away from Mommy.

The kids made me a most touching birthday present, a “Monster” made out of clay, sticks, seaweed, crab shells….

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Then a dog peed on it.  Such a pity I couldn’t take it home with me…..

At home, I broke into the birthday gift I bought for myself yesterday, a cutting mat and rotary cutter!  I’ve been anxious to make a quilt…

2 days early birthday present to myself!

2 days early birthday present to myself!

While the kids were watching a movie, I cut a ton of leftover fabric I’ve had in mind for a quilt to keep on the sofa.

Good progress!

Good progress!

And after they went to bed, I finished cutting what I’ve estimated is enough for a good-sized quilt top, +180 squares.

Just a few more than enough squares than I need!

Just a few more than enough squares than I need!

Oh, scraps!  What do you keep, what do you save?

How small is too small to save?  I deemed these trash.

How small is too small to save? I deemed these trash.

Do you have a size under which you toss the scraps, over which you save them? I tend to think if they’re too small for hair ties or (sewn together as) bias tape, I toss them.  It still feels sad, somehow.  ???

And these were deemed save-worthy, but I don't know...

And these were deemed save-worthy, but I don’t know…

Dabbling

Today I shopped for fabric for Halloween costumes!

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I’m looking forward to working on them! More info to come, for sure!
I also finally prepped my Washi dress!
Since the medium top I made was a bit big, and the small muslin fit well, I decided to make a small dress in the same fabric. Maybe someone else can use the medium too???

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And, finally, good progress on my Eisern socks. I got past the color work and am (ignoring the cables and) knitting down the leg.

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Not bad for an average Friday!