Twig Stars

It's the first day of summer vacation. What to do, what to do? Best answer... EVERYTHING. Michelle and the wee ones came over yesterday after lunch, and a couple of their friends soon joined. There was plenty of running around outside, a very quick dip in the freezing cold pool, followed by a very long dip the the Jacuzzi, which included bathing suits and goggles! A couple hour planned play turned into a dinner pizza party! And, just for good measure, an impromptu wee craft.

The girls were collecting sticks, while the boys were off saving the universe from storm troopers. With a wee bit of twine, the twigs were quickly fashioned into a pile of stars! Love these simple, fast summer crafts!

To make your own...

Gather together some sticks... baby finger size... some twine, and a pair of kitchen scissor.

Break or cut the twigs so they are all the same size.

Lay out 3 sticks, forming a letter "A", with the horizontal stick overlapping the sides equally.

Add the...Read more

Sand Sculptures

As the children of bloggers, our wee ones have sometimes suffered through and other times benefited from their position. They tend to think like bloggers, and will often rate activities and projects as "blog worthy" or "definitely NOT blog worthy". Our family has marveled at how photogenic they are. Actually, since they've been incessantly photographed since birth, they've learned to either ignore the camera completely or act extremely natural while being posed, knowing that the sooner they cooperate, the sooner they can get on with their lives. They've had to "try on" things, taste things, and in general, be our human guinea pigs! So, when they were making their sand sculptures, and Pixie said, "Now this is a project worth doing!" you've got to know that is high praise indeed!

The wee ones made their sand sculptures as part as their States Study Unit. Of course, at some point in our lives, we've all made sand sculptures, whether it was in class, at scouts or 'getting crafty" at summer camp. This is an easy project. Although we bought our sand colored, you can also color your own sand by adding dried tempra...Read more

Window Pane Owl Pillow

After I completed my stack of cute embroidered owls, I turned them into a throw pillow cover.

Materials:

  • 1/2 yd quilt fabric
  • 9 completed embroidered owls on muslin
  • 18" pillow form
  • thread

All seam allowances are 1/4."

First I trimmed each of my owls (you will need 9) into a neat 5.5" square. I used this paper window to help me center the owls when I was cutting.

For the back and borders you will need 1/2 yd of fabric.

Cut one piece 18x10" and another 18x15" for the back.

Cut 4 strips 18x1.75" for the borders. Cut two of those strips into 1.75x5.5" strips (you will need 6).

Decide how you want to arrange your owls. Sew each row together with a strip of the border fabric between each owl.

Iron all of your seams.

Sew your rows together with a strip of the long border fabric between each row.

Iron all of your seams.

Trim up the edges if needed. You...Read more

The Birth of a Bowl

On March 26, I got an email from Tim with just the words "SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, April 12" with no other explanations. When asked about it, he'd give me no answers.

"Fine", I said, "but can our Facebook readers ask questions?"

He said, "Sure, as long as they are fairly general and yes or no questions."

So that evening, I posted the following on Facebook. 

"Okay, folks, how good are you at "20 Questions"? You know the game where someone is thinking of something, and you try to figure it out, and you can only ask "yes" or "no" questions.

Well, I just received an email from my incredible hubby, Tim, with this photo (SAVE THE DATE) and the text read...

"Saturday, April 12th. That is all. For now…."

So, I get to ask 20 questions. If you could ask him a question for me, what would it be? Remember... only "yes" or "no" questions!

~Kimara~

 
If you want to see the questions, and some were quite amusing, make your way back to April 26 on Wee Folk Art's Facebook Page.

Embroidery Pattern :: Needle Work Owls

I have been working on an embroidered pillow project for the last couple of weeks. I started with drawing up several cute little owls. These owls were designed to fit on a 5" square. You can download the Owl Embroidery Pattern here.

I then chose a light and dark colored floss in similar colors for the owl bodies plus a peach color for the beak and feet. The face, eyes, and wings are done in one color. The body and chest pattern are done in the other. I mixed and matched the faces with different wing shapes to create more variety. I also made up the patterns on the wings as I went along. You can just leave them plain if you prefer. I love how much individual personality each owl seems to have.

These owls are stitched on natural muslin. I cut the muslin into approximately 10" squares to fit in my hoop. All of the lines are backstitched with 2 strands...Read more

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