Thursday, January 22, 2009

K went to school today!

K's feeling much better and went to school today. YES!!!!!! Still sneezing and blowing and hacking occasionally, but for her, for January, she's doin' good.

And I think Adi's legs are too long... going to have to fix that.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mummies do come in mulitcolored wrappings!

It was 8 degrees and our friend Mary wore her scarf!

"Only a couple of people recognized it, but several people commented that it was really cool and one said he didn't realize mummies came in multicolored wrappings."


Earaches are no fun at all.

K is still home with a fever. We saw the doctor yesterday, she has a sinus infection and that's what is making her ears hurt. Though as we have learned through experience, and our doctor readily admits, ears can look just fine at 2pm in the doctors office one day, and rupture the next.

Needless to say, she is not a happy camper. Her ear was hurting this morning, so I made her a small rice heating pad, just the right size to lay on her ear.

The fleece cover is removable and washable. You microwave the inner rice hot pad separately and then slip it into the fleece cover. Never microwave fleece. Just in case, I'm going to scream that last bit. NEVER MICROWAVE FLEECE!!!!! Sorry about that, just wanted to make sure everyone noticed the whole never microwave fleece part. Moving on.

Lil' Earache Relief Rice Heating Pad

Easy directions:

For a 6" by 6" final pad, you will need:

100% cotton muslin, 7" by 13"
fleece, 7" by 13"
about 2 cups of plain white rice
Sewing machine and/or needle and thread

1) Take the piece of muslin, 7" by 13", fold it in half and sew around the three open edges, leaving a 2 inch opening in one side.

2) Turn the bag inside out and fill it with rice. Sometimes we use Jasmine rice, it smells so good when it's heated, but this time we used plain old white rice. Fill it till it's full, but still soft, not packed.

3) Sew the opening shut, by hand and then machine, just easier that way. You now have a 6" by 6" rice hot pad.

4) For the cover take the piece of fleece, 7" by 13" and fold it so that the seam is at the center back and overlapped about one (1) inch. You can see in this picture what I mean.

5) Pin the sides and sew 1/2 inch seam on both sides.

6) Microwave the rice pack about 30 seconds, till it's just slightly warm and slip it into the fleece cover. Lay it gently on the little ones ear. Relief in minutes.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

K's very own soft, squishy Tardis! Perfect for a low grade fever :(

K is home sick today. (Must be January.) But this year, she has her own soft, squishy Tardis to cuddle. She designed and made the first one for her friend V. I made this one for her. It took me twice as long and her lines are straight. She said she doesn't care. Love her!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Adi for M

A new Adi for our friend M.

I changed the face, my embroidery skills are not the best, so the eyes are circles of black fleece sewn into position. I'm also rubbish at sewing carefully around little curves. It might be my machine, but I am the one driving, so I must take the blame. So I just sewed the hands and feet as big bumps and then formed the fingers and toes with loops of thread. I actually prefer the look. Oh, and I made the feet, more... like feet.
That makes four Adi, three white, one pink. One more at least in the works. Love those Adipose toes!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Handmade Christmas 2008! Scarf for Uncle R.

K made her Uncle R a fleece scarf to match the fleece hat we made him last year.

No picture of the hat unfortunately, but the scarf turned out very nice.

Handmade Christmas 2008! Grammie's Necklace and earrings.

K and I made her Grammie a necklace and earrings for Christmas this year.

I loved this set and Grammie did too. We've made her a few pieces of jewelry, as well as hats and scarves and such, over the years and she always makes a point of wearing our gifts and telling us how others like them. This set was a big hit.

Handmade Christmas 2008!

We made most of our Christmas gifts this year. It was a lot of fun and the receipients seemd to really like their gifts.

Grammie's favorite gift was a Christmas pillow.

Quite simple to make, just two 15" squares of material with a bit of gold ruffle around the edge and stuffed with polyfill. She told me she put away all the Christmas decor, except the pillow, which she is going to keep out for a while. Made me smile.

Hum, Valentine's Day is coming... :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

My first,... and most likely last, Doctor Who Scarf!

Well, it's finished! And it only took, let's see, I started it in January after I broke my foot and finished it last October so,... FOREVER. We packed and shipped it just before Halloween to our very special Potter friend Mary along with a first movie Gryffindor scarf. (She sent us three of her handmade ceramic Daleks last year for Christmas. We kept the plumpy one on the left in the front and gave two to friends.)

I understand she wears the Gryffindor scarf all the time, but hasn't quite figured out how to wear a 20+ foot scarf to work yet. Understandable really.

A friend of ours thought this was the best way.

Bit constricting, but warm, definitely warm.

I made a 6" wide, 1/8 scale version for K last October, which was a nightmare of weaving in ends, not fun at all. She wore it to school and a her friends thought it was very cool. Mr. Man wants one he can wear to work. I'm thinking Bond Fashion Knitter! Much less time, double thick and no weaving in ends. Oh yeah, I'm so using the technology on this one.