There were two Terry Pratchett books - Wyrd Sisters and Jingo, a little reading station that I can hang with SUPER CUTE bookmarks, a sweet little needle felted sheep (I collect sheep!) and an AWESOME little trinket box with a Game of Thrones theme. It has tea in it! And it's awesome!
Here is the other side:
There was also a bag of chocolates which... I immediately ate =P
So this wasn't actually made by me, but by my 5 year old daughter. We were both bored yesterday, so I googled "easter crafts for kids". I wasn't very hopeful since we've just moved and I have no idea where all her art supplies are. Fortunately, I found this tutorial, which was perfect.
We didn't have poster board, but I had a whole box full of cardboard to be recycled, and we didn't have egg dye or a white shirt, but I knew my husband and I both needed to clean our closets out. We found 3 pastel t-shirts and I found some thin cardboard that was the perfect size, so my daughter and I got started. After about half an hour, she had finished this:
I'm so happy that I found the link - we moved to Norway last year, and Easter is celebrated differently. Instead of a basket, children receive a cardboard egg that's filled with candy. That's just fine with my daughter, but she wanted to know what she was going to use to put her eggs in during the Easter egg hunt, which also isn't done here. My husband and I looked everywhere for an Easter basket last Saturday with no luck, so I was going to cave and buy an expensive decorative basket so she'd have something to use. Instead, she had a lot of fun making this herself and is very, very proud. She told me that she thought the Easter bunny was going to be very impressed and wonder where she managed to buy such a nice basket.
To make the handle, I braided the hems of the three shirts we used and then tucked them down into the woven inside before hot gluing them. The strips cover the sides of the cardboard really well, but the bottom is exposed, so I cut a circle of pink fabric and glued it inside. I also glued a yellow strip of fabric around the top to finish it after we were done weaving. I went through a lot of hot glue but it seems really stable. We'll certainly be doing this next year!
She sent me supplies to start painting with watercolors. Which is pretty freaking awesome, because I had been really thinking about trying painting! I even had several watercolor websites bookmarked. I also got more yarn to add to my stash, because oh, I love yarn. Maddie has already claimed the purple furry stuff, saying she wanted legwarmers for dance class. Not shown is what she got - a really neat craft 'cup' for kids that had the materials to make several different projects - a necklace, a window cling, etc. Maddie pounced on that the second she saw it.
And these are really neat - a PORTABLE watercolor set, blank postcards to be painted on, and blank cards. I'm really excited about sitting down and making them.
MY SUPER AWESOME PACKAGE FROM MY SUPER AWESOME PARTNER!
The post office was holding on to my package for some reason they couldn't explain, so I did not get my package from the lovely mserocks until recently. But it was totally worth the wait!
I opened the packaged to find everything tucked inside an awesome tote bag that she made:
One of the first things was a goody-bag for my daughter, who was THRILLED:
She was like "She sent CANDY?? She is SO NICE!"
Close up of the goodies:
I got a spice catalog and some nummy spices:
And the local items which include a t-shirt that I love, which says "Made In Texas". Pretty awesome, because I was born in Texas:
Wicked socks and some chocolate that I consumed.... embarrassingly quickly!
And last but not least, a very pretty dragonfly picture frame, more yarn (because everyone needs more yarn) and a dyeing kit which I am VERY eager to try out. Unfortunately, the picture file was somehow corrupted?
As you can see, I was quite spoiled. THOROUGHLY spoiled!
I got my wonderful package from the lovely kathleenalice today!!!
First of all, I got... YARN! Tons of wonderful, fluffy, awesome yarn, including some handspun:
She included acrylic, and omg, I did not know acrylic could be so soft and gorgeous. I cannot wait to knit with this - it looks and feels fantastic. I think I'm going to use it for a shrug or cardigan for my daughter. My husband was so happy, he was like "Does this mean I don't have to buy you yarn for the next few years?"
I also got the most ADORABLE little pouch, full of lots of goodies, like row counters, which I have seriously needed for a long time.
So, we recently bought a bengal kitten. Bengals can be taught to walk on a leash, so when we were at the pet store, we bought him a leash and harness set. I tried it on him when he got home... and it not only was it ugly, but it really did not fit well. I tried to cut and adjust it, but even really just did not fit him well. It also had the tendency to twist as he walked, which rightfully annoyed him. When I googled leash training cats, I found this: http://www.metpet.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/walkingjacket.html
It seemed great, but I didn't really like the plain pattern, and a lot of websites wouldn't ship here, sooo... I decided to make my own, and the end result is this:
It was EXTREMELY easy to make, and Tesla approves. I made an L shaped piece of fabric for the jacket and then used contrasting fabric to make the straps and a leash. The snaps and eyelet come from the old harness set that I cut up. It took me about an hour to make, including my dumb mistakes, but I'm very happy with the end result. It's comfortable and breathable, yet very secure and he does not mind it at all.
Here is the jacket and leash:
Mine only has two straps, because I only had enough clips for two. I left space for adding a third strap, but my husband thinks the fabric is too feminine for the cat. I also wanted to have time to test it and see what Tesla thought before I ordered some clips.
He had an absolute blast on his walk. I'm going to remake this asap with 3 straps and cooler fabric.
This is what I've done this week. It's 50% Merino and 50% silk. It was very fun to spin - fluffy and strong at the same time. The colors got all mixed up and muddled when I plied it, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. It's pretty thin - varying between sock weight and DK weight.
I love yarn, so of course I've always wanted to make my own. I bought a drop spindle a few months ago, but got frustrated pretty quickly. I really wanted something faster so I would have the time to spin it AND knit it. I bought a Louet Victoria several weeks ago, and this is what I have: Confetti
This is approx. 5.5 ounces and spun out of BFL, corriedale and merino from spunkyeclectic's Almost Solid Sampler. It's plied with light pink cotton thread. I love the bright explosion of colors, but wish my plying had been better.
This is 8 ounces of corriedale. I'm not sure of the yardage but the weight varies from DK to worsted. It came out much better than I hoped, and the more I look at it, the more I like it. I have 8 more ounces I can spin but I'm not sure if I should do the purple/dark gray, or solid purple and solid gray for contrast.
I am thinking about making a shrug or cardigan for my daughter, but am not sure if the colors are too dark for a 4 year old.