Here is my completed buggy collection . I gave them all slightly different faces and added knots to the little legs for feet. I really liked the suggestion of beads, but I didn't want anyone getting hurt (or offended, more likely) by beads to the head.
I haven't done any research yet on bean bag games we can play with them, but Simon has made up a few of his own. First is "Throw Them in a Bowl". This involves tossing them into a plastic mixing bowl. He walks right up to it, drops the bug in, and then wriggles with glee. The even more popular variant on this game is to place the bowl far, far away and then make Daddy toss the buggy guys in the bowl. Crafty kid. The other favorite game is called "Zoom... weeee!". This involves placing the bean bag on top of the coffee table and sliding it off with as much force as possible. While it is flying through the air, he yells, "Zoom! Weee!"
I've been working on a BIG quilt for a long time (intermittently) and it involves curved piecing. This is a big pain in my butt since I hate templates. It also results in a lot of weirdly shaped scraps. Well, I had all these half circle scraps and I thought I could make them into something fun and this little guy just appeared. The idea for this bug bean bag was totally inspired by these bunnies. I've only made the one and plan on making more, as I have lots of scraps. I think I can improve on him. He doesn't look all that buglike to me. And his legs look weird. But my son loves him. He keeps saying, "Mommy made a little buggy guy for Simon." Now, I just have to come up with some kind of game to play with the bugs. You know, other than just throw-them-around-the-room.
First, from sajona, I received a lovely package. The first to come out was this fleece blanket. My 2-year old son pulled it right out and starting exclaiming, "it's so soft!" When I explained to him that it was for his baby sister he said, "the baby is sharing".
Next, was these two fabric bags:
Inside the bags were a lovely, big, changing pad for the new baby and a bunch of scraps for a scrap quilt I'm working on!.
Next, from kitchqueen, I received another lovely baby girl package:
You can see a little hoodie blanket, a bib, booties, and tiny hat. She also included a crib sheet that she had never been able to use.
Thank you so much ladies! Everything is very much appreciated .
AsphaltQueen: Yay, I am so happy you like the wall hanging!! I had so much guilt sending you something that was already made, rather than making something especially for you. My son's ear infection is all better now, but he's on super antibiotics, which make him crazy mood-swinging toddler. It's a roller coaster over here .
Here are some pictures I have, since you asked for them:
I received from OneRedBoot and, oh my goodness, I've been so spoiled.
First, she sent me two little bandanna bibs. I do believe I spy Denyse Schmidt and Amy Butler Fabrics??
And here is one being modeled by Lambie the Lamb (our stuffed animals have woefully unoriginal names):
And here is the unbelievable snap bonnet she sent (once again, modeled by Lambie)! I cannot believe it is hand made - it looks SO professional.
OneRedBoot, if you have better pictures, feel free to post them. I don't think my picture does this bonnet justice. It is just so gorgeous and I know my summer baby will love it. Well, I will love it. She probably won't know the difference
I received my package from AsphaltQueen and I am feeling so, so spoiled. She was supposed to send me note cards and felt (so I can possibly make some felt food). And, well, she did that, but the quantity (and quality) she sent was amazing. I mean, look at all that felt!!
This is a quilted wall hanging I made for a friend featuring the hand prints of her three nephews. She was given the hand prints as a gift from her brother's family and asked me to make it into something for her wall, giving me complete creative freedom. It was rather daunting at first, leaving me to think about it for a long time, but I had SO much fun with it once I got started.
I used Pink Chalk Studio's Wavy Seams Tutorial to create all the fantastic curves. The tutorial turned out to be super easy and the results were fantastic. I love this method and can't wait to try it again on future projects.
I've been wanting a new diaper bag for a while and I bought this pattern from Craft Apple as soon as it was available, but I only just now got around to making it. Since I have such a large fabric stash right now, I made a point of not buying fabric from this bag and using a panel-type fabric that my sister sent me earlier in the year. It's kind of canvas-y and she found it in a hospital craft room where it has lived for an indeterminable amount of time. I'm not good at placing fabric unless it's from the 1930's, so I have no idea how old this is. Maybe the 70's?? Anyway, I love the fabric, but if I bought some new instead of shopping from my stash, I would have chosen something way more subtle.
As for the diaper bag pattern itself, I was very happy. I love how stiff the bag is and how it can totally stand up by itself. And I love the sippy cup pocket on the side. However, if I ever make the bag again (and I want to, but have so many other things to make!) I would customize the interior pockets more to my liking. But, that's just a personal preference thing and the pockets work very well as they are. The pattern is clearly not for beginners. I would have had a really tough time if I had never made a bag before. But I have made several bags, and was able to figure out the directions after some thought. There was no seam ripping involved. That makes me happy. And so does my new bag!
Sorry there's no interior shot. I struggle with finding time to take pictures. Something about a toddler running around and grabbing cameras all the time. Maybe I'll manage to get one later.