I've made up stamp sets for more fabric for wee ornaments. Sledding party with skis, skates, sleds, mittens on a string, hats and hot cocoa with a peppermint stick. stamped in chocolate brown on deep red.
and starry night with star motifs from the Golden Christmas book, the favorite in my mom's Christmas book collection. these tiny little dots were tricky! stamped in metallic gold on light blue.
I feel like my blogging lately has become a laundry list of things I've done and things I still need to do. How about a little about not much. We're having a beautiful Fall. It's been in the 60s and 70s for weeks -- crazy for Chicago. A little global-warming scary but such a lifesaver for the mom of a toddler. Daylight Savings Time however is just as always, depressing and hard to adjust to. I'm seeing wake up times in the 6's again and the dark at 5 is such an adjustment.
We were afraid since we had such a hot long dry summer that we'd get a bum turning leaf season but it's been great. Amazing colors and it seems much much longer than normal. Should be close to over soon. We had an overnight storm this week and now the village is blanketed in a thick layer of yellow and orange leaves. A delight for a leaf-kicking toddler!
Tim went out with the camera yesterday afternoon and came home with all sorts of beautiful shots like these. I love Fall photos.
Oscar and I have been having so much fun lately. We've been on lots of field trips, Museum of Science and Industry, the petting zoo, seen 2 model trains, the aquarium and the arboreteum. Of couse, it's not all fish viewing and leaf kicking around here... in the past week I've seen more tantrums than ever. Maybe the 'terrible' part of almost two kicking in? Maybe because his mother thinks she's a gd elf in santa's workshop and is always knitting or something while playing trains? or maybe it's just because the Halloween chocolate has run out.
There is some manic crafting going on around here. I've overbooked myself and I think it is going to be all Christmas, all day, every day for 2 months around here. I've got in-progress projects on every surface in the house. Here's one of them... I'm knitting little sweaters for the set of dolls I'll be sending to Morphe. I figured out a pattern so now it's just knitting them up. one down, three to go.
This has given me a little boost of confidence in my latent knitting skills and I'm thinking maybe I will tackle this Christmas idea for Oscar after all.
I want to knit a little sweater for his Kanga with a pocket to put a tiny roo in (for some reason his Kanga came roo-less). The idea cards are from the truly brilliant brain of Small Object Sarah. I have them taped up all around my craft room and they're really helping me get organized. For example, I made these, and this, and these (here). Thank you Sarah for making my to-do list fun again!
The Patchwork Set are a busy bunch. While most people slow down as the days grow shorter these gals keep finding new ways to keep busy.
"Mischievous" Most people think of Henny as a sweet girl and she'd have it no other way. On the surface she's all warm and fuzzy with her cocoa and her dolly but peeking out from under her bed, evidence of her studies in the dark arts.
"Meticulous" Suki is a very exacting girl. Her bangs are always orderly, her pinafore nice and tidy and even her art is perfect. That doesn't mean that her spirit isn't free like the wild horses in her paint by numbers.
"Ingenious" Lotte is a clever girl. If you need your way out of a pickle she's the girl to ask. She can whip a quilt up into a tent lickety split!
"Industrious" Inez is settling in by the fire for many long nights knitting. Everyone on her list will be getting handknit scarves this year. And then maybe she'll move on to knit robots?
Ok, getting ready for Morphe has got me thinking about Christmas even
earlier than usual. This weekend before I could make up the sepia
costume I had to try out this idea I had for wee ornaments. I was
thinking I'd send some along to Morphe and maybe sell some here on the
site too. I stamped up some fabric with tasty holiday treats and then made little wee's (about 3" tall) out of it. They're stuffed with polyfil and yummy cinnamon scent and topped with a jingle bell. I have 2 more holiday themes to cut out and a few more scents to hunt down and then the production line can begin.