Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 29!

I had to get a post up on this very rare day of February 29!

We are having every kind of weather today. Snow, which quickly turned to freezing rain, which is now plain rain. This morning the neighborhood was covered in frozen rain drops, just enough to make everything sparkle in the gloom.

I finally made the crocheted Swedish heart I've had my eye on for awhile:
I didn't block it. I used worsted weight yarn because it's easy to work with. If I get my courage up, I might try with a thinner yarn. These would be cute Christmas tree ornaments.

The original pattern is here, with a lovely English translation (UK terms) here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First Grade

I'm going through old photos, and came across this one. I couldn't resist sharing it here. This was on a first grade field trip, and the photo was taken by another mom. All of the children put seed in their hands to try to coax birds to eat, and my daughter was the first to get one to land. She was the tallest in her class, so the birds kept coming to her. Finally her teacher told her to put her hand down so the other kids could have a chance! I think everyone fed a bird that day.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentines

February! Time to sprinkle the house with hearts!


I love the Sweethearts-as-photo-frames more than I can say. I blogged about those a few years ago, if you want to read how to make them (it's really easy!). My children are 9 and 6 in those photos. Now that they are 14 and 11, it might be time to make another set.

I saw this paper chandelier at Pottery Barn Kids:
It made my heart beat fast, but that little voice in my head said "you can make one of those." I did give it a try, using an embroidery hoop, yarn, cotton baker's twine, and vellum paper hearts.

The result was underwhelming:
So disappointing! When Pottery Barn Kids put theirs on clearance, I snapped one up, because I needed cheerful dancing hearts floating in my family room.

My children are past the age of passing out Valentines at school, so we don't have anything to do on that front (sniffle), but I am making preparations for things for them here at home. I've already molded some chocolate candy hearts for them. The rest of my inspiration has come from Pinterest.

I planned to make them this popcorn treat , but now my daughter is getting her braces tomorrow, so she can't have popcorn. I think I'll still make it for my son, and just give her the M&Ms!

I am also doing an embroidered version of the alphabet card featured here for my husband. I haven't had much time to work on it, but hopefully I can make some headway while I sit in the waiting room at the orthodontist's office tomorrow.

I'd also like to try to make this crocheted heart, and send it to my mom if it turns out cute.

I am running out of time for all of this! I'd better get to it.