Monday, March 1, 2010

Creative Sunday

We had a fun family day yesterday crafting and creating together. No church, no housework, just good ol' mess making creativity!

The girls wanted to try a recipe for some natural ink from this book:

Rich strained some frozen berries and added 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar to it and the girls used a couple of their feathers to draw with it. It was fun and interesting to see how the colors changed from red to darker purple as they dried.

I had decided that I was going to do some sewing for myself so, in an attempt to get the kids occupied with a project so that I could sew somethings for my self, I cut some long strips of scrap fabric for them to try and roll them into these tattered roses.

I had overestimated their manual dexterity and coordination though, and they were pretty frustrated by it. I loved how they looked however, so I ended up making about 2 dozen myself. I think we will put them on some headbands and hair clips.

My next idea for the kids, I thought for sure would keep them busy for sometime. I pulled out an old pair of tights, cut the legs off and gave one to Rosie and one to Lily. I pulled out the scrap fabric bag and had them stuff the legs to make a snake. They stuffed the snake in record time and then wanted my assistance to pick out buttons for eyes and make tongues, it was fun, but I still hadn't started my cardigan.

and these are the conditions I now had to work in:

I cleaned up a bit and pulled out my knit fabrics to select the color I wanted to make my cardigan out of. I am using a pattern form this book:I chose a heathered off white heavier knit and started cutting, only to discover I only had enough fabric for a size small and I am a size large! I snuck out of the house to check Joanne's Fabric for more, but no luck.

So I pulled out my flannel and finished up some blankets to replenish the stock at Hopscotch Children's Store. It felt better to have accomplished something of my own!

We ended the day with some family worship time, lead by Rich and his guitar and all went to bed early.

So now here's my Monday to do list:
*Clean the house
*Take Blankets to Hopscotch
*Search the fabric store for more fabric for my cardigan


Mama K said...

Great post, Jen! I love how you kept the girls busy but they worked too fast for you to have a break... Still, the blankets are cute and I'm glad you accomplished something for yourself, besides getting to spend the time creating with your family.

Shari said...

I love how your whole family is crafty! You are so lucky!

Anonymous said...

Your attempt to keep your girls occupied in such a creative way was beautiful... and it also made me chuckle, recognizing this backfiring (in terms of an ability to get your own crafting done) from my own experiences. :)