A new obsession in the making


I broke my wrist in 3 places. No, I don’t do anything half-assed, ever. This means no knitting for weeks, maybe months. And yes, before you suggest it, I did Google 1-hand knitting…..

It became clear within a day that I cannot be idle very long. I admit I watch a lot of tv, but always while knitting. So I tested out other possibilities. Crochet is also a no-go, but cross-stitch works. And the off patterns on Etsy provide near-instant gratification…..

valentine’s drop

Today being Valentine's Day, we have big plans: a ski date with my friend Susan from Our Journey To Mei Mei, and their kids, CL and A, and of course her fab husband Gord. I crocheted each of the girls a little heart using a pattern I found online last week. But this morning, it occured to me there would be a Toy Society Valentine's drop. So I grabbed a couple of shriken/felted sweaters and whipped up two little hearts.

We skied all day at their hill, Morin Heights, and right after lunch, we headed to the "bunny" hill, which is decorated with wooden cutouts (they put them on either side of the hill to force the kids to make turns by going to visit the cutouts)

All the girls agreed that Tinkerbells' winges were perfect for our purpose, so we hugn our little package on her wings. The girls acted like super-secret agetn while I took pictures. But the settings on my camera were all off and the pictures are way over exposed, so until I can try to manipulate them, you can't see the drop, just hear aobut it!

Hearts1 We hope they find a good home, and this time, we hope we hear from our finders!

Toy Society Christmas Drop: the Montreal Owls

This morning was absolutely freezing outside, but I convinced my girls to put on an extra layer and accompany me on my super-stealth mission of dropping my 4 owls. They were having a very hard time understanding the concept, peppering me incessently on the drive there with questions like:

  • Why are we giving them away?
  • Who's going to find them?

  • What if nobody finds them?

  • Do we have to dig them into the snow?

  • Will they be cold?

  • Why are we doing this?

  • Can we keep them?

  • Why mommy, I don't understand!

But once we got to Place Royale in Old Montreal and I told them that we were now super spies and had to make sure nobody caught us, they were very much into it!

Drop 1 was in fact the first owl I made, with it's little scarf made from the belt of a sweater that inadvertently felted in the wash (aka shrunk) We picked a little lit tree near the museum entrance and hung him in the branches.

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the second drop was actually Owl #3, which we hung on the other side of the staircase, on the fire hydrant. Even in the worst snow conditions, the hydrants are always shoveled and the red really stands out against the snow. I played with taking pics of hydrants last year in my photoclass and this particular one always stands out to me because it's sort of in the middle of the sidewalk and I'm always wondering how many people fall over it.




The 3rd drop was on the side of the building, the street people would walk by when going from the one museum to the other. We tied him up on a pole and he started flapping about. I double checked to make sure he was secured and we got out of there before we were spotted!



Finally, for our last drop, we actually left Place Royale just a little bit and crossed the street to leave our last little bird in the phone booth.




Dumpling was absolutely frozen by then, but Beach Ball was still having a ball, this having been one of her two drops.

The pattern I used can be found here. But I didn't even bother printing it, I just opened it and enlarged it on my screen, then totally eyeballed it. I did add a base to mine rather than tighten the bottom, and as I made more, I made the shape more and more elongated, which gave me much nicer long beaks on the thick felted wool.

It’s Drop-Eve!

this weekend being the weekend before christmas, hundreds of handmade toys will be stealthly dropped by crafters around the world. Check out the map at the Toy Society Blog.

My little owls will be dropped tomorrow morning in Place Royale near my store in Old Montreal. It's got nothing to do with my store, but I chose the location for convenience and because it's very popular both with locals and tourists and I'm hoping they find not only good homes, but get found by people who will write in and tell us!

Come back tomorrow for pictures for pictures of the cuties in their  bags and at their drop site.

Crafty Season

Since I'm not spending my time writing about the nonesense in my life, I've actually found time to be crafty again.

It all started with the knitting gift exchange, which had to be home-made, but not necessarily knitting. I found the napkin ring tutorial from my old friends Sublime Stitching, and figured it was the perfect project for my friend R.

I used a bird design from my Doodle Embroidery book, and after I started, I decided to make 6 birds and 6 coordinating flowers.

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Believe it or not, I forgot to take a picture of the finished ones! I did tweek the pattern a bit: I made mine on a vintage pillow case and embroidered them all on the one piece before cutting them out. Then I decided against using the toilet paper roll, instead I used fusible interfacing to make it extra stiff.

And since we've been spending time at the country house, I used to felted sweaters (aka shrunken by accident) to make a few owls, who are going to be dropped next weekend as part of the Toy Society Christmas drop. More on that next week when I actually drop my little owls. Look how cute they are, one even has a scarf and is ready for the snow!


a baby quilt

my friend V FINALLY had her baby, after what seemed like the longest human gestation in history. Seirosuly, that kid came out at a smidge under 10 lbs!!! In the great Jewish tradition of not doing anything until the baby is actually here, I did nothing. So when Hubs ran into her husband in a hospital elevator, I knew it was time to put some sort of baby gift together.

Once I know her name, I have another gift in mind, but in the mean time, I put this little quilt together. It can be a stroller blanket, but I hope that she’ll just use it as a doll quilt when she gets to be that age. The room theme colors are raspeberry and chocolate, or Napolitana Ice Cream as I like to call it. Entirely from my stash, and all the white is vintage pillow cases.

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Lemonade Stand Quilt DONE!

OK, so I’m a terrible swap mama, because I kept everyone else on track, and mine is 2 days late. Actually, it’s been finished for a long time, almost 2 weeks, but I just kept procrastinating in taking pictures and packaging it. But it’s done, and it’s out the door tomorrow morning….

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Sticking to what I know: pretty dresses

I need to deal with the recent stress by making something. That’s what I do. I’m a MAKER, a DOER.

for days now, I have this dress in my bloglines. I am in love with this dress rom Pink Chicken.

Pinkchicken So today, I grabbed a vintage Vera pillowcase that I have been holding onto for years and attempted to replicate the pattern. It’s still not completely there. It needs to be shorter, and somehow, more rushed in the neckline. But I have the perfect fabric for the girls and I’m going to give it another try this morning. In the meantime, BB is just too happy to wear her pillowcase-come-pattern dress. It just happens to have yellow, which she LOVES and she was already dressed like a duckling this morning, sporting yellow from head to toes!

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placemats, take 2

she loves her placemats, but I can’t wash them fast enough to send them back to school, especially if she has 2 days back-to-back of either meat or dairy. So I just whipped up two more, using fabric from my stash and the iron-on interfusing. No sew! I know, it’s sort of lame, but she’s got the coolest placemats in the class and the teachers love the fact that they roll up into her lunch box, so they don’t have to do the wiping!

Picture_075 you might recognize the fabric on the top one, it’s an old skirt i had already repurposed as an apron. And the bottom fabric is vintage, from an Ebay purchase my husband did a while back. I couldn’t think of what to do with it (It was a single, small curtain panel), so I just cut a corner out of it.

meat and dairy placemats

The finished size is about 8 by 11, or a standard piece of paper. Small for placemats, but since there are for a 4 year old at school, I figured it was large enough. this is essentially a no-sew project, because I was lazy and did it in front of the TV with Ultra HeatnBond. I could have zigzagged the pieces on, but I was too lazy to spend the evening in the sewing room (with no TV!)

I did stitch the front and back together with fancy stiches on the embroidery machine. If you are so inclined, you coud just HeatnBond the front to the back and avoid stiching all together.Dairy

Meat The background fabrics were both from Superbuzzy, the rest from the fabric stash.