Tuesday, November 30, 2010

That Chirping Sound Is Coming From My Yarn Basket.

If I didn't have other obligations, I'd go on a bird-making spree!  These amigurumi birds are so simple to make and so darned cute...everyone should have at least one.  Perhaps after the holidays I'll make that my mission.  To each man, woman and child:  a bird!  That'd be an interesting New Year's resolution.

I used a tutorial from a great blog called Bitter Sweet to make little blue bird and little pink bird.  I did just two things differently than the tutorial suggested.  One, I used a G hook because I didn't own an F hook at the time.  Two, I sewed on a small half-circle of felt for a tummy. 

I gave these to a friend of ours for her fourth birthday - but not before they had a chance to get into some mischief.  Apparently, crocheted birds have a very low tolerance for alcohol.  Something to keep in mind if you plan on making any of these.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Truly Corny Thanksgiving Greeting

Corny pun alert!  I stretched my punning abilities to the max coming up with the wording for these last-minute Thanksgiving cards.  The front is simple enough. 

An ear of Indian corn - which is extra special because it's made from the fingerprints of my favorite five year old.  We got the idea from a project that Susannah did at preschool last week - her teacher always plans the best activities.  We had to find a template online because my corn-drawing skills just aren't what they used to be. 

Cute little greeting with a simple and obvious pun on the front...but then when the recipients open it - BAM! - they're hit with a barrage of creative (or annoying, depending on how you look at it) puns.  One after the other....corny puns abound!

I made this photo extra large so that you don't miss a single pun.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Dragonflies in November?

I saw this quick and easy tutorial for making twig dragonflies back in September (at Somewhat Simple).  Susannah and I have been collecting these maple keys (I've always called them helicopter leaves and Susannah refers to them as bunny ear leaves) for the past few months in anticipation of this craft.  I love how they turned out - and the glitter makes them kind of Christmas-y!

Looks a bit like they just jumped out of a plane and are skydiving, doesn't it?  Like I said, these were really simple to make.  Just some maple keys, some twigs, a bit of glitter (we used glitter glue because I'm a mean mom and I have issues with loose glitter in the house), some beads for the eyes and a hot glue gun to hold it all together!

I think the red one is my favorite.  He's like a chameleon dragonfly on the changing blueberry leaves.

I love nature-inspired projects...especially this time of year.  They go nicely with the nut critters we made, too.  Now we just need to make something out of all the beautiful leaves and we'll have a complete fall collection!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Nut Critters

We live in a neighborhood with lots of nuts.  Not my neighbors - they're perfectly sane.  I mean actual nuts...lots of nut-bearing trees.  Chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and acorns abound this time of year and Susannah and I invariably collect the really good lookin' ones when we're out walking around.  Then, we use them for crafty purposes.   

We used some glitter glue, felt, beads and a hot glue gun to create these little nut critters.  The turkey has a chestnut body, an acorn cap head and helicopter leaves (you know, the things that drop from maple trees) for its feathers.   

The hedgehog is my favorite.  He's got a chestnut body and an acorn cap face.  We glued zig-zagged strips of felt onto the chestnut to make his spines.  Isn't he cute?

Isn't there an old saying...something about "a hedgehog in the hand is worth two in the bush?"  I think that's how it goes. 

Half of a walnut shell transitions nicely to a turtle shell, don't you think? 

I'm not sure what we're going to do with these nut critters, but they're a great rainy day craft project and, judging by the weather forecast, I think we'll be making more in the days to come.


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