Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today's Projects

Mommy's Project
Well, instead of cleaning the house for our Thanksgiving weekend visitors that are coming, I got a bug up my butt to make an Advent calendar. Last year we bought one of those paper ones with the chocolates in them, and even though that was nice, you still have to go buy one year after year. I wanted to make this nice wooden box-type one like Target has for sale for $30, but I didn't really want to spend that kind of money buying one and don't have time to make that elaborate of one. So, I started looking around the internet for ideas last night (when I should have been in bed sleeping, and I should be there now instead of typing this post.) So, I went down to the basement and uncovered my sewing machine and dug out some fleece and started cutting & sewing. Things didn't go exactly as planned because I can't cut the straightest and I think I need to get my sewing machine tuned, as it would skip random stitches (or maybe I should just buy a new one since I bought this well-loved from daddy's grandma, but I don't sew enough to justify buying a new one....anyways....) It kept becoming a bigger & bigger project as I tried to fix machine mistakes or my brain's mistakes. Don't be too critical as this was supposed to be a one hour quick project (but was longer) and it not some family heirloom. It's just meant to be fun for next month. So, after some more cutting, glueing and painting, I am finished and it is ready to be filled with treats for December. Everything I used for this was stuff I already had here, so I didn't spend a penny on it.

Bel's Projects

Isabel made these at ECFE class tonight. It is a piece of pumpkin pie & a turkey. You can't see the turkey body she colored because she painted over it. I love how when we take these classes these teach the kids how to do something (like paint) in a different way. The painting on the turkey was done with a long piece of string that was dipped in paint & taped to a popsicle stick. You held onto the stick and dropped or dragged the yarn on the plate.

We also went to storytime this morning and checked out some more books. Normally we gymnastics on Tuesday mornings and we go to storytime on Thursday evenings, but due to the Thanksgiving week, both were cancelled this week. So, plans changed.

Now, I really need to get myself to bed because I have a bunch of cleaning to do before Lori, John & Rachael get here for Turkey Day. Plus I have some food prep to do as well.


Rachael's Mommy said...

You are so crafty. We have a paper one again this year. Although now that I see what you've done maybe we will try to make something.

Isabel's Mommy said...

I have plenty of extra fabric that you can take if you want to use it to make one.