Monday, December 17, 2007
Some we write by hand. Kids like them best.
We purchased a gagillian little bottles from American Science and Surplus last summer.
They are quite wee.
They are just the right scale for our little Skele - Gro bottle.
We have made little necklaces with all sorts of little bottles.
I like these best.
You can find the instructions here, or you can purchase one from my new etsy shop.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
K was exhausted after the trip to the doctor and fell asleep under the new blanket her best friend/big buddy's grandma and grandpa made her. Needless to say, she loves it.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I spent quite a bit of time this weekend making cast covers in varying materials and designs. Here's her favorite.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Too much time on Club Penguin...
And of course, Potter Puppet Pals are our favorite subjects. Bit orange. We're working on that.
Life is never boring!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
We plan to give them to the coaches at the school awards ceremony. I'm guessing the babies will wear them for 5 minutes and then tear them to bits. I'll have my camera ready.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
K made this felt wand at Harry Potter camp at Sci Quest. (K had a blast at the camp. She was sorted into Gryffindor, who won the house cup, and she was called Hermione by the other kids. She loved Every Day!) It is a nice wand to give little boys who come over to play.
This is our first attempt at Ginny's wand from Order of the Phoenix.
And this was my first attempt at a semi turned wand. Basically, I clamped an oak dowel in a vice and used a few files to shape the wood. I kinda liked the effect.
I bought hubby a small tabletop wood lathe for our anniversary. More fun on the way.
Last Sunday we all went out for breakfast and while waiting in line, K started to amuse herself by looking through the local attractions advertisements. We all squeeed when we saw our little Princess Leaf prominently displayed on the Botanical Gardens Scarecrow Trail leaflet.
She didn't win a prize, but they sure liked her.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
(WARNING: Doctor Who is highly addictive and really entertaining, especially if you are either 8 years old or in graduate school (not much difference really.) Watching Doctor Who, especially the Pertwee years, could result in odd desires to speak with lispy british accents and wear velvet dinner jackets with frilly collars. The Baker years can induce irrational knitting urges and mild nausea, respectively. More recent episodes can generate loud squeeeeing noises from little girls who now think big ears and a british accents are just the bomb.)
Now all she needed was her mechanical friend, K9. I wasn't quite sure how we were going to put him together, but, it turns out that a bit of cardboard, paper mache, wire, PVC pipe, wood, roller skate wheels, 50 ld test fishing line, spray paint, bike reflectors, hose and an old portable phone make a rather cute little K9. I love the cat collar, K's idea, so cute. We rigged K9 to be pulled by a bit of fishing line, so it looked like he was following her around. Very good effect.
And she was a hit. Everywhere she went, K had a pack of boys following her around. Turns out even very basic renditions of mechanical dogs are downright awesome. Buttons, it's all about the buttons. The dozen or so people we met during all of Halloween, who knew who she was, recognized her immediately and were so thrilled it was funny. A very, nice, and normally very quiet librarian we had seen many times, almost climbed over her desk to get a better look. For weeks after she smiled and waved every time she saw us.
This year K wants to be Ginny Weasley. Better get to work.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
If you can't quite make it out, Harry's glasses are above the Hp and that's his wand on the bottom right. One of a kind.
Friday, September 28, 2007
To top the whole thing off, I made her a fleece Zero to cuddle while she was out trick or treating. Basically Zero was a soft fleece blankee with a stuffed Zero head attached.
Most people just though she was an odd Raggedy Ann with a puppy blanket. Everyone thought she was the cutest lil' thing.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Have I mentioned K LOVES Harry Potter? Oh yeah. Her teacher, Ms. N. who was and is fabulous, gave her HP and the Sorcerers Stone on the first day of second grade. She had it read in a month. Chamber of Secrets took about three weeks. Prisoner of Azkaban took less than two. We made her take a break, Goblet of Fire was a bit intense for second grade, but it took her less than a week when she was ready. This past summer she read the last three. And cried like a baby, and giggled maniacally, and wept with joy. So did I.
This past summer, K wanted to make a friend of hers a HP gift. So she combined her love of kitties and her obsession with HP and made Hogwarts Kitties. She started with three little kitty finger puppets we found at Target. We made them all capes out of black and yellow fleece with a bit of red stitching and snaps. Turned out very nicely. Hermione, that's her on the left, has her book bag filled with little books, made from brown felt, green thread and fun foam, very cute. Harry, in the middle, has glasses made of pipe cleaners, a stitched on scar and Hedwig, made from white pompoms and glue. Last, but not least, Ron, on the right, has Pig, hand crocheted by K. That's Pig on Ron's head,... where else. K did most of the stitching and all the designing. Her little friend Squeed with delight.
K is working on another set to sell on Etsy. Did I mention K is an entrepreneur? Oh yeah.
Friday, September 14, 2007
K's favorite color at the moment is green, so we used some light green peach skin we found on the remnants table, some matching green cord, and a green flower applique. K helped figure out where and how to cut, hand stitched on most of the flower, and machine stitched most of the seams. She SQUEEED when she turned it inside out and saw the finished bag.
Sew a recorder bag for a child and she will be the envy of all her friends. Teach her how to sew her own recorder bag, and she will help you use up all that material you've purchased over the years!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Yup, a little paper, the right tools and a bit of patience and even a six year old can make something wonderful.