Just what I needed!

With all my attention going to my Honeybee Cardigan, holiday gifts for teachers had completely slipped off my radar, and tomorrow is the last day of school before the holidays!  Therefore, today I was racking my brain for a craft I could execute at the last minute.  I happened to stop by the art store this afternoon on my way to pick up the Wee Girl, and I happened to glance over to a shelf with a huge 50% off sign that I couldn’t resist investigating.  It turned out that a very tempting sewing book was on the shelf, selling for only about $7.  AND it happened to contain two items I’ve been wanting to sew; a case for sunglasses, and fabric buckets.  Win-win-win!!!!  I want a sunglasses case, so other people might too, right?  Good last-minute gift idea??? I hope so.

Excellent timing for these items to come into my life.

Excellent timing for these items to come into my life.

I was also needing this tool for needle felting.  The Wee Boy has been asking for a needle felted penguin from my Wool Buddies book, and I might have time to whip it up in time to give it to him for Christmas. http://woolbuddy.com/collections/pre-made/products/medium-penguin

I have the book on how to make the Wool Buddies, but have yet to use it!!

http://woolbuddy.com/collections/books-and-prints

Once the kids were in bed, I started gathering ideas/fabrics for sunglasses cases.  I went a little overboard and made 6 instead of the 3 that I actually need right now.

As you can see, one of these was folded and sewn up the wrong way!

One of these things is not like the other....

One of these things is not like the other….

I was so sad that my (admittedly large) sunglasses didn’t fit, and was furious that the pattern was wrong!!!

Doesn't fit!

Doesn’t fit!

And then I figured out that I’d folded it the wrong way.  Ummm…..

Ahhh, that's better.

Ahhh, that’s better.

My plan is to let the Wee Girl choose which case to give to which teacher.  Fingers crossed that they like them!!

A Monday’s crafting

This morning was full of appointments, to which I arrived plenty early, which meant knitting time.

New contact lenses!  New glasses!

New contact lenses! New glasses!

I am very, very close to finishing the sleeves of my Honeybee cardigan.

This evening, I got the Wee Girl to take some FO photos for me of the bulky scarf I recently knitted up.  Mostly they were pretty funny, but there were a few that were ok for public viewing.  This scarf still needs a shawl pin, because  I imagine it would look nice crossed in the front with a pin holding it in place.

Bulky scarf, modeled.

Bulky scarf, modeled.

Here’s a little craft I came up with myself (although I’m sure millions of people have had the same idea..).  I removed the needles from some boughs cut off our tree, gathered similar lengths, and hot glued them together into star ornaments.  I like it because it’s basically free, and I won’t shed any tears if the Wee Boy 1) breaks them 2) puts them in the tree’s water basin, or 3), whatever he comes up with that is beyond my imagination.

Twiggy!

Twiggy!

They might be a tad better with a ribbon at the top for hanging.  As they are, I think they’re cute and I wish I’d kept more branches before they went to the compost! We could do with fewer precious ornaments, and more sturdy/handcrafted ones.

Crayon and Giants crafting

Before I was fully awake this morning, I fixated on using tiny crayon bits to make heart-shaped crayons.

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I’d always wanted to do this, so I could never bring myself to throw away even the tiniest bit of broken crayon. After baking at 350 for maybe 12 minutes (checking every 2 minutes), they seemed to have melted.

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After a few hours, I popped the new crayons out of the silicone molds and oh! They’re pretty!

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Later on, very last-minute-like, I whipped up a knitted headband for SF Giants’ Day at the Wee Girl’s school tomorrow.

IMG_6119.JPG (pattern is nothing special, I just CO 8 sts with size 9 needles and knitted garter stitch til it looked long enough, then sewed the ends together. Then I knitted a flower from the headband in Stitch n Bitch Nation, and sewed it on. This? Along with a black t-shirt (no Giants gear for kids was left on the shelves at Target! None!) will be her outfit for tomorrow.

Beach day! And Halloween, part 4.

Well, the San Francisco Bay Area has been having something of a heat wave!  It doesn’t feel like our normal Indian Summer, not with these 80+ degree temperatures!  So the kids and I headed out of the city today to Stinson Beach.  It turned out to be a very excellent choice.  It got up to about 90 degrees, I think.  Nor-Cal water is frigid even in super hot temps, but it felt great anyway.  We pretty much got soaked up to our necks.

For the first time since I had kids, I took a book to the beach!  I actually got to read a few poems in between fetching water, chasing waves, and digging holes.

For the first time since I had kids, I took a book to the beach! I actually got to read a few poems in between fetching water, chasing waves, and digging holes.

Taking a break from the water with watercolors!

I also took along art supplies for the first time since having kids!  It ended up being a good call!

I also took along art supplies for the first time since having kids! It ended up being a good call!

The nice thing about staying for a super long time is that we were all ready to go at the same time.  No fussing!

We stayed for about 5 hours, which I'm sure is our longest stay at a beach!

We stayed for about 5 hours, which I’m sure is our longest stay at a beach!

We made a quick stop at JoAnn’s on the way home for the last few bits and pieces for Halloween costumes, and while the kids passed out watching Monsters, Inc., I finished the zipper and apron for the Wee Girl’s dress.  This was my first time putting a zipper into a garment, and it went ok.  There was a tiny part where it looks like the fabric didn’t quite catch, but I sewed in an extra line on each side of the zipper (topstitching? edge stitching?), so I think it’s safe.

Zipper!

Zipper!

I veered from the apron instructions because 1) I didn’t understand them and 2) the Wee Girl and I thought that the apron should be attached to the dress, for security purposes.

Apron!

Apron!

Now I just need the Girl to try it on and decide on the right length!  Then we’ll be ready for pumpkin patch photo ops, Halloween parties and parades, trick-or-treating….

THIS close!

THIS close!

I hope your Saturday was as excellent as mine!