Coloring Capes

A couple days ago Bug asked me for some fabric. His Lego Knights needed capes. So we went to the scrape pile and pulled out some natural muslin and he set to work dressing them up.


I love it when the kids come to me with their own craft in mind. He knew what he wanted and proceeded to spend the rest of the morning making capes for all of his knights. What is a Knight without a Cape and Sword?

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Playing Marbles

Today we taught the kids a new marble game. It didn't take long before they were making up their own games! Pixie saw it as a new twist on "put and take"! Watching them play convinced me of one thing...we need more marbles! Fortunately, I'm working on a few projects right now that are giving me plenty of wool yarn scraps. If you'd like to make some of your own, check out the directions here.Read more

Felting Wool Marbles

To get more information and photos of this project, click HERE.

Recently, I’ve been totally obsessed with felting, especially knit felting. I’ve been making purses, bowls and various children’s toys. Every time I finished a skein, I’d roll the left over yarn into a small ball and put it in a jar. The grandbabies were fascinated with these balls. With all the other toys available to them, they were always asking for the jar of yarn balls. Then I had a Eureka moment. Why not felt the left over yarn balls and turn them into…well, felted balls? I’ve used roving to make balls, but this just seemed an ecologically sound way of using up what might otherwise turn into trash.

The kids loved them! When I was a young girl, we use to while away summer hours playing marbles. These wool balls make great marbles if you use them on a hard floor. Check out Land of Marbles to learn different marble games

They are easy to make and children will enjoy helping out.


1. Loosely roll the yarn into a ball. Do not wind the yarn tight. It must be...Read more

Vintage Cherry Half Apron

Back when I was a child, the half apron was all the rage. Although not as efficient as a full cobbler style apron, it did offer some protection, and the women made lovely aprons to wear while entertaining. These were also useful while cleaning, because they had extra pockets for storing wayward items! I made this apron for Pixie's birthday. Since her birthday isn't for another month, the tree modeled for me! (BTW I was having major setting problems with my camera. I think it's all been fixed so asap I'll get a second apron made with better pics!)



To get more information and photos of this project, click HERE and HERE .

The pattern comes in two sizes; toddlers, which fits most children 2T - 4T and children, which fits most children 5 - 10.

Main fabric: 3/4 yard
Contrasting fabric: 3/8 yard
Wide Rick Rack: 36"

Main fabric: 7/8 yard
Contrasting fabric: 1/2 yard
Wide Rick Rack: 40"

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Vintage Apron Pattern


Finally had a chance to finish the vintage apron tutorial. Had a wee bit of trouble with my camera and the quality of the pictures leaves a little to be desired. I assumed my camera was broken. Tim assumed I hadn't read the manual. He was right! It's amazing the things you can learn in manuals! As it is, the pics are adequate, but the next time I make this apron, which will be for Fairy's birthday next month, I'll retake pictures. The apron can be whipped up in one child free afternoon!  Read more

Little Treasures

Just a little sunny shot of Fairy enjoying her Treasure Pouch. She used it today on our Annual Family Girl Trip. She got to tuck some wonderful treasures in it including a jar full of purple shoe shaped beads (not sure why she filled a whole jar with shoe shaped beads when there were hundreds to choose from but obviously she liked them).

BTW, her shirt is made from the Simplicity Pattern 9786 (not sure if it is current - I didn't see it on their site but it did look like it was floating around eBay).Read more