I’ve been thinking about finger puppets for awhile now. They’ve periodically crossed my path on pinterest. It feels similar to making plush toys, something I love making, but it’s new and has it’s own challenges inherent in it.
I made this set for my 5 year old niece. She’s really into princesses and horses at the moment. While I’m not into either, I can totally get behind some of the elements in princess stories including fantastical monsters and unicorns.
These are made from felt and hand stitched. The faces are not as detailed as I’d like, but embroidering on felt is hard! I think I was also expecting too much out of too small of a space. I think if I make these again, I’ll rethink the embroidery and try to simplify the expressions.
I am totally in love with the idea of neon pink unicorns. I think I may need one in my life.
I titled my post after a button I saw on etsy. It was this saying that I tried to convey to my mom when she was here caught in yet another rain storm. “It’s not usually like this,” I tried to say. But when Portland has such a reputation of rainy weather and then the proof is soaking wet right in front of you, it’s hard to dispute.
I think if you choose to live here, as so many of us moved here from elsewhere, you resign yourself to at least some wet weather. And I like to think that I’ve come to embrace it. So this post is dedicated to the rain in Portland.
Red Umbrella Watercolor Painting by Michelle Maule on Etsy
Cloud and Rain Felt Garland from Oh My Deer Love on Etsy
Turquoise Rain Romance Giclee Canvas Print from AmberElizabethArt on Etsy
Rain Drop Polaroid Print by Instant Analog on Etsy
Good news! My computer is almost fixed. Or rather a work-around has been reached until we get a chance to reformat our hard drive and no data has been lost. It was pretty touch and go for a few days while we both got frustrated with our machine.
So back to crafting.
I’ve been sewing like mad lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s really the only crafting supplies I didn’t move to the studio or if I’m just excited about these projects. Although I have to admit that I sew a lot no matter what else is going on.
This skirt is the third of the final installment of skirts for nieces. I used a pattern from Burda Style. I think it came out rather well. Don’t mind the wrinkles in the ruffles. I was avoiding ironing and pretending that it wasn’t noticeable.
I don’t usually sew much in the way of clothes. I’m still learning how to read patterns instead of making it up as I go along. The actual sewing part was not terribly complicated. But I did find it a bit tricky figuring out what the pattern was telling me to do. Plus I put in an invisible zipper! I was pretty proud of myself for that.
This is a super easy project. I wanted to add some coat hooks to the class room as decoration and storage.
I started with a piece of plywood. I chose one that I had previously painted a sign on, but was no longer using so I could have this asymmetrical design on it. I cut it down to fit exactly in the space between the two doors and attached two hooks that I bought from the hardware store. I like the modern look of these and they were pretty inexpensive. Then I screwed it into the door frame. If it had been on a different part of the wall I would have screwed it into a stud instead. Dry wall is not sturdy enough to support heavy coats.
Just a note. Blogging may be pretty spotty for a bit. My computer is sick. We’re still trying to diagnosis it. While my phone is adequate for a lot of things, lengthy blog posts is not one of them.
I took some time off from blogging this week. Snow days when J stayed home with me involved romps in the snow, coffee dates and blanket forts. Then I was preparing like a mad woman to be commitment-free (as much as possible) while my mom is in town. She flew in last night. It’s her first time in Portland and I can’t wait to show her around.
Wishing everyone much love today whether you’re celebrating or not.
Happy snow day! I’m out with J today around our neighborhood enjoying the way everyone acts like this is a holiday.
Part of me can’t believe this little snow shut down the city, but it’s a novelty I’m not willing to waste.
I’ve been holed up at home as much as humanly possible lately. I know that we don’t even have the worst of it in Portland. According to the weather forecast it was 25 degrees yesterday, but felt like 13. I wholeheartedly agree with that. Standing outside waiting for the bus in the middle of the afternoon was excruciating. When we have weather like this, I like to work on projects with lots of warm, heavy fabric. It makes me feel like I’m nestled in blankets and still doing things!
Here are some projects perfect for this time of year.
There are tons of DIY hand warmer tutorials on the internet. I particularly like this one from Rae Anne Kelly. They’re adorable, have an easy to follow tutorial, and I currently have all of the supplies in my apartment.
I wish I had a need for this one. I love to sit in front of a fire. This tutorial on Whip Up seems like a perfect solution for hauling your firewood around.
Purl Bee has so many tutorials for almost anything warm and cozy you could think of. I love how they break down their instructions into simple steps and include lots of photos. This isn’t a difficult project, but it would be nice to have an excuse to sit with several layers of fleece on my lap.
I’m always stashing tissues in my bag this time of year because I inevitably find my nose running every time I come in out of the cold. This tissue holder tutorial from Such Wild Love is wonderful.
Hope you’re staying warm!
All the photos except the one of my hot chocolate belong to the site linked below it.