Wednesday, February 11, 2009

arts and farts and crafts

(sorry for the crass title--anyone who's seen it will recognize the phrase from one of my all-time favorite movies, Wet Hot American Summer)

Recently I started volunteering one morning a week at Tigerlily's school to do a craft project with the preschool and kindergarten. I always test things out with T.lil beforehand and it's been great to have that scheduled craft time with her. This week, of course, I wanted to do something for Valentine's Day and I've been promising them that we would do some real live actual sewing. So this evening I let 'Lil stay up a bit and after Lyric went to bed we pulled out some supplies and got to work. Here's what we came up with:

Little stuffed hearts! They were super easy to make and I have a ton of felt and stuffing and floss so it's decided, this will be tomorrow's project. Of course, now I have a million hearts to cut out....
I've been working for DAYS on this really cool but super intricate rock-themed book and have finally finished up a couple of the images to show you:
I agreed to include Jimi Hendrix thinking that he's totally cool and iconic and I could figure out a way to represent him. As soon as I saw this image I knew I had to use it; I mean, how much more rock & roll can you get? That dude was badass.

Not my favorite band but a cool logo (a pain to sew, but worth it, I think). This book, when all is said and done (tomorrow, hopefully!!), will also include the Abbey Road and Sticky Fingers album covers. I'm thinking of starting a side business making full-sized fiber replicas of classic album covers. It's SO much fun but also SOOO much work....
Somehow, in the midst of all of this work and parenting and volunteering I've managed to finish a crocheted blanket for Lyric, using up most of my yarn remnants!

I love to knit but it is unbelievable how much faster crocheting is. Seriously, this only took me a month of little moments here and there, never more than 30 minutes at a time. At 2 years old the poor kid could have had a blanket well before now if I had only known!


  1. How super cute, all of it, the kids, the crafts, the book, the should be super proud of yourself!

  2. holy cow, that hendrix is fantastic! i love the idea of fabric album covers -- just brilliant. and i agree, cute kids!

  3. what a rad craft packed post!

  4. Starfish loved the heart making day!