Peelu got invited to an ice cream themed birthday party. And we couldn't pass up making some really sweet birthday presents for her very sweet little girlfriend.
First we freezer paper stenciled an ice cream design on a canvas bag. Peelu gave me the details and I hand drew the design. Then we personalized the back in a girly font.
Then Peelu went upstairs into the craft room void to help me fill the inside with crafty goodness. Yep, one of our famous craft kits was created...
Boy, Peelu and I are not safe to be left together in the craft room. Our craft kit bag was bulging by the end of our gathering session. And we were not done....oh no.
Our little friend and her sweet Mama had always admired Peelu's Big Pink Flower Hat. It was such a quick pattern to make up that I quickly crocheted one the night before the party. The flower actually consumes the most time in this pattern.
But it's worth it, as the flower truly makes this hat adorable on little girls.
Here's Peelu modeling it so you get the idea.
And we were very happy to report that our handmade birthday presents were very joyously received. THAT is always what makes handmade gifts worth the time and effort.
This one was the family present for Grandma on Mother's Day.
We found the old aluminum ice cream scoop and knew it was just perfect for G & G. There house is known as the ice cream sundae house. They always have ice cream and a vast array of yummy toppings and goodies to put on top. SO we thought the ice cream scoop was particularly appropriate for this recycled art wind chime.
I have been dying to make this hat for R for some time. I finally sat down to do it and it worked up might fast.
And turned out pretty dang cute.
The pattern is from Vallie's Kids: http://vallieskids.blogspot.com/2009/06/meagan-wants-you.html She has a bunch of super cute, very easy patterns. I used some Red Heart Super Saver in Pink Camo for it's sturdiness and wash-ability.
And my girl loves it, and in the end, that's always what counts.
They don't really come out of the hive if the weather is too cool. And our wacky Spring has caused some of the trees to bloom and then to freeze and the bees have not been able to get to them.
That means the trees AND the bees are not happy. And the delay in the other flowers means are bees are having to get fed with sugar water. It also means that our new bees (5 new nucs - which are like mini-hives) are delayed in getting here too.
So Ross decided to check on our hive this particular afternoon and see how they were doing. Some crazy comb building. But overall, they are looking pretty good, especially considering the weather circumstances.
We didn't get our hive last year until Summer, so this is our first Spring with them and it's constantly a learning process. And a lot of "go-with-the-flow".
Our Spring bulbs are s l o w l y coming up. I guess it's Spring. It doesn't really feel like it as our freezing weather and cloudy skies have not dissipated. And the rain keeps coming. For a High Desert climate this is unexpected weather. AND IT'S DRIVING US ALL A BIT NUTS!
Maybe planting some flowers will make the weather cooperate. But we're not stupid, we're only chancing our cold hardy blooms for now. And the veggie starts are still bundled up.
Thank goodness for pansies, or our yard would still be devoid of color.
This pretty, little mini rose is begging to find a home. But I am afraid for it's little life if I plant it right now.
And this super cool sedum mix is itching to be set among our rock borders. It will probably be okay...but still...
I guess for now, we'll stick with the pansies and keep digging up and transplanting our volunteers. I mean eventually our weather will warm up, right?
Of course that will probably happen just in time for our first frost.
She chose the colors and wrapped the nests herself. Along with the necklaces we gave bags of homemade biscotti. And since then, both teachers (and Grandma W as well, have told us that they get so many compliments on these necklaces).
I am not a huge asparagus fan. But Ross LOVES the stuff. SO when an opportunity came up to buy a few pounds of straight-from-the-farm, picked-that-day asparagus, I jumped a the chance. Best of all, it was fundraiser for the Senior class end-of-the-year party of our local high school. When I picked up the asparagus they also gave me a pickling recipe.
And boy, do we love ANYTHING pickled. Okay, maybe not pigs feet or boiled eggs or ...okay let me re=phrase that - we love any vegetables pickled. And Ross loves his asparagus so much that he left not an inch of them unpickled - stem ends and all!
Since our second grade teachers (both our regular teacher and our long term/maternity leave substitute teacher) were so ecstatic with our class art auction wind chime.....we thought they would each love to have their own mini version for Teacher Appreciation Week at school.
Ms. H talked to S & R about enjoying her garden so we also gave her an Oriental Poppy for her garden (one of my FAVORITE garden plants) and of course our requisite bag of homemade biscotti.
Didn't I tell you that those little dessert molds would come in handy as bases for our wind chimes?
Then by the end of the week, S & R's teacher had come back off of maternity leave. We didn't want to forget her so she got her own wind chime too!
The kids do such a good job with the beads and picking out the right utensils for each wind chime. And of course, I cannot rave enough about Ross' knot tying abilities. Hmmmm...I'm not sure what I did this time around....
Darn, these mini wind chimes are even more addicting. I now have people scouring the garage sales for all kinds of unique utensil and silverware and cutlery for us. It's quite possible that we are getting to be known as the junk family.
Wife to a VERY understanding man (even if he does roll his eyes and duck back into his garage way too much); mother to three maniacs,crafter, professional volunteer, crazed maniac in her own right...yep, that about covers it for now.
It's about crafts, family, gardening, life....really whatever the heck I want to talk about. I am wordy, messy, opinionated, disorganized, lacking in focus, manic, craft obsessed...and pretty much this all spills out on the pages of this blog. You've been warned!
Please feel free to link responsibly to any of my posts. But also, please ask first before using any of my images or words. And feel free to "pin away", my friends.