Monday, November 29, 2010

Feeling Merry!

The Christmas season is upon us!! How about spreading that merry spirit to all you meet by wearing a bow yourself! As a kid, the gift-opening protocol was to pull off the bow then stick it on top of your head (I guess mom and dad thought that made for cuter photos!).

felt gift bow hair ditty

Here's a (slightly) more grown-up way of doing that. A bow bobby pin! I followed the tutorial here. You could easily apply this to ponytail rubberbands, pin backs for brooches, or a very reuseable bow for your gifts, decor, etc!

felt gift bow hair ditty FO

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Back in the swing of things

The blog has been quiet, but my hands haven't! All this pre-holiday crafting and preparation is keeping me very busy. I try to plan ahead and get as much done as possible so our family can enjoy the weeks before Christmas, but I've discovered that it makes for a busy November! Here's a visual collage of what's been in the works lately (of course I can't say what these are for...just in case they're meant for gifts!):

braided cowl Nov2010
Hunting Balaclava WIP Nov2010
Silver triangle shawl WIP Nov2010
wool coat WIP Nov 2010
This wool coat for my daughter has been the big project lately. It finally has the lining inside, and just needs to be hemmed and a few buttons added. I'm really surprised at how well everything came together. Not a difficult pattern as long as you go slow and follow the directions. Our weather has turned warmer again (72 today!) so perhaps I can procrastinate a few more days on finishing it!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Growing up

My littlest man read his first words yesterday: AT, MEN.

And so begins my fourth time through this adventure of teaching a child to read. I've learned a few things myself along the way. When a kid starts asking "what does c-h-e-e-r-i-o-s spell?" at the breakfast table, or with any other word they set their eyes on, it's a signal to me that they're read to dive in! Patience, and taking things in little bits is important, too. I've also learned that once they start, they will sound out any word they see, like when you're sitting at the stoplight and you hear your 5 yr old sounding out "h-ooooo-t-rrrr-s".

Which brings me to another part of this reading adventure - teaching kids that not everything in the world is really edifying to read.

For now we're taking big steps in conquering little words.