17 Apr

Easter Crafting

Our guests arrived the day before Easter, so I felt like I should do a little something for all the kids. My kids and I dyed a dozen eggs (nothing fancy, just basic dunking in basic colors) so we could have a hunt in the yard.

I made one that match so perfectly the hibiscus leaves that it took the kids four tries to find it.

I also made four baskets, though I didn’t bother to photograph them when they were fresh and full.

The baskets are woven from cardboard boxes (for four baskets: a lego box, a six pack, a cereal box, a box of Borax, and a case of soda). I found instructions/inspiration on Craft Stylish. I filled the baskets with shredded paper, a cute tin of M&Ms, Peeps, a blown egg filled with confetti (THAT was fun!), and some japanese biscuits with cute packaging. Each kid got a bunny monster of my own design as well. The two girls got cute purple ones made from leftover purple stretch velvet, and the boys got slightly zombie-esque ones made from outgrown T-shirts. ┬áThe bunnies are soft and squishy and were very well received — which sort of surprised me considering the recipients are tweens!

05 Feb

Mushroom Swap

I joined a mushroom swap. It’s mushrooms, how could I not jump in? Deborah found it (and I encouraged her to join too — mwahaha!). At first I thought I’d make pincushions. They look great and I enjoy making them. But there are a lot of softie mushrooms out there, so I decided I’d mix it up a bit.

I adore the mushroom people on these two postcards from my German Friday morning sewing friends. These postcards are my springboard.

I’m also taking inspiration from “Jahreszeitkinder;” tiny figures representing the seasons or particular plants (Waldorf adherents probably have some of one kind or another in their seasonal displays). Above are two mushroomy people I made from a Dutch kit bought at Kreativ Welt (annual craft convention in Wiesbaden, Germany), and a chestnut boy and Chinese Lantern/pumpkin girl made by artist Birgit Kaiser bought at the Sticheleien (another annual fair of all things needlecraft, which I’m missing that right now). I’ve bought quite a few Jahreszeitkinder from Birgit over the years — I think my parents and sister all have at least one, and maybe the in-laws too.

Here’s one of several Star Babies by Birgit that graces our Christmas tree each year.

And this Icicle Lady is one of my favorites.

I’ll share my take on these once the swapping is complete.