Thursday, December 19, 2013

{Teacher Gift} Crochet Infinity Scarf

This is our second year in a row with this teacher and my daughter loves her so much
 that she sometimes slips and calls her "mom".
We wanted to give her something nice for Christmas
and decided it should be a {handmade} infinity scarf.
We brainstormed colors and decided on Pagoda by Caron.
This scarf was made using a 6.5mm hook and almost the entire skein,
with rows of 32 Double Crochets, then slip stitching the two short ends together to connect.
This yarn is so soft, and using the slightly larger hook made this scarf drape so nicely.
It is super cozy.

We wrapped it in tissue paper, tied it up with the yarn scrap and tucked in a coffee card.
Teacher gift DONE!
We gave it to her at the Christmas Performance and she loved it.
Her son even said, "Mom, that is perfect for you!" 
What did you give your kids' teachers? I love hearing all the creative ideas and since I have another kid starting school next year I will need some:)


Monday, December 16, 2013

{Handmade} Felt Animal Masks

I was asked to make some "Nativity Animal" costumes for the children's ministry Christmas
 performance at my church, and they wanted about 60. Yeah...that says SIXTY.
Right away, it was decided that masks were what needed to happen.
Anyway, here are the pictures of the different animal masks I made.
I hand drew all the templates for these and after spending many hand-cramping hours
 working on these, I figured that I should share them.
Don't mind the crappy it-was-too-dark-and-I-had-to-use-the-flash photos. It was 4:30 in the morning when I finished these and I knew once they were delivered I would not be able to get pics. 
Cow, Camel, Donkey, Dove, Sheep, and Pig.
All pretty normal "Nativity animals", right?
Owl, Wolf, Duck, Koala, Raccoon and Penguin.
Weren't all of these at the Manger scene?
 Cheetah, Chick, Fawn, Polar Bear, Bunny and Monkey.
I'm pretty sure a couple of these could have been there, right?
Fox, Panda, Skunk, Zebra, Goat and Mouse.
Do you think maybe they wondered "What the FOX say"?
(Yeah, I went there)
Moose, Walrus, Peacock and Hippo, along with a picture of the finished stack of 60 masks and
a selfie at 4:30am (a few hours before the performance) when I was FINALLY done.
...and then things just got weird.
The performance was adorable and the kids(and parents) loved the masks so much that all of this was totally worth it. A labor of love. And now that the performance is done, the masks will go into the Sunday school dress up box for weekly fun. Totally worth it.
If you think I'm done, you're wrong. Now I get to make some for MY kids for Christmas.
Let me know which ones are your favorites so I can do those tutorials first.
FYI, probably not going to happen before Dec 25th.
More the Merrier Monday
The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
~Jill Churchill