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love is in the air

Or, at the very least, dangling from our ceiling.  I finally took down the Christmas garland this morning (funny how you never see the things that are right in front of you) and put my little hearts up in its place. 

I’ve been on a campaign to use up my collection of felt scraps, and stitching up these little guys finally put a dent in my stockpile. 

On a related note, my kids have apparently been silently suffering from the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas blues and are placing an inordinate amount of importance on Valentine’s Day.  So much so that we had to repurpose an activity from last year and make an Advent Countdown Calendar for Valentine’s Day.  And still, no chocolates are to be found.


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owlies everywhere

These little owlies are enough to turn me into a squirrel and go skittering into the backyard to look for acorns.  Too cute!

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up next: the letterpress

Our newest favorite crafty past time comes to us courtesy of Aunt D.  On a piece of lightweight foam, the kids etch/scratch/indent a drawing–aliens, silly faces, flowers, rainstorms were favorite subjects over here. 

Then, we ink the foam piece (note to self:  put down newspaper on the floor for this part.  What was I thinking?) and slap it down on a piece of paper.  Woo hoo!  We’re a printmaking machine, and we’ve got some pretty cool pieces of art to boot.

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ice day #2

Or really “Day of No Ice.”  Regardless, there was surprising calm at our house as the kids created their giant watercolor masterpiece together.  Happily.  In perfect harmony.

Apparently this painting depicts robots (turn yourself sideways), and there might be some intergalactic ray gun fighting.  I’m not sure; it was hard to tell with all of the giggling going on.

Biggest problem right now though is what to do with this creation.  Our gallery’s wall space is becoming increasingly crowded.

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bye bye little buddies

This Christmas my goal was to start working through my backlog of wool felt before I started buying some new colors.  Mission partially accomplished, I suppose.  Here’s where some of my supplies went:

My owl friends:

As quick as I made an owl, my kids absconded with them to hang over their bunkbeds.  Sneaks.  Much thanks to this adorable tutorial for its help and inspiration.

Magnetic bookmarks:

My mom made some for her volunteer buddies, so I took her concept and ran with it.  Since I was making goodies for kids and for teachers, my bookmarks became a little more, uh, manic than my mom’s.  The robot/alien ones were definitely the most fun to make as well as the best of use of random tiny felt scraps.

Time now to go place another felt order…

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tall, tall tower

Curving, soaring high.

Stack and grow.  Made with true love,

made with dixie cups.


As I uploaded some pictures to my computer, some long-lost photos decided that now was time to migrate to the computer.  (I’m very up on how all of this precisely occurs).  This spectacular pyramid was actually a summertime creation.

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thank you, martha

The temperature has finally fallen, so it’s been Halloween decoration time around these parts.  Our first activity–spooky critters:

Next up:  bats and mice and skeletons.  Oh my!

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