DIY Angry Birds Button Game

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

Knock, Knock! Can we come out to play with the little ones?

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

One of my favorite blogs, Me & My Veritas Sewing an Crafting Projects With and For Kids by Jana, featured a DIY Button Up Game, a game to help toddlers with their fine motor skills. A few weeks ago, I had my three year old grandson stay the night. After seeing the game on Jana’s site, I had to make one for him.  Check her site for detailed instructions. I did make some modifications, he loves Angry Birds so I found a site with an Angry Birds coloring book, making sure his King Pig favorite was on the page, and printed it out. Each figure was cut out from felt, and I used a light box to trace the face using a Sharpie. A slit was cut into each piece of felt large enough for the button to fit through.

I sewed a button to one end of a piece of 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon the other was threaded through round piece of felt and tied into a knot. You can see the ribbon and button in the above picture.  The round piece of felt acts as a stop for the other felt pieces.

Bye Bye

Bye Bye

All done? Put the game away in it’s nice little “home”.

Q

Q

Have I been conspicuous in my absence? A bit over two weeks ago, I got Salmonella food poisoning from a fast foot joint! After gastrointestinal problems for 4 hours, my Vagus nerve cause my blood pressure to drop causing me to pass out. On my fall to the floor, I hit a few items with my face! One was a wooden step we keep in the bathroom for the grandkids. I came to with blood running everywhere. Long story short, a slight concussion, severe dehydration, and mega-headaches, I’m slowly on the mend. I finally have been able to knit again. My eyes looked like raccoon eyes, black and blue all around. Anyway….. the doctor said it will take a few months for all of the bumps, swelling and bruises to heal.

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In A Pickle With Earl and Opal

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Panel

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Panel

Who doesn’t look forward to the Sunday funnies with Earl and Opal? Starts our week off with a good, hearty, laugh. My Hubs likens himself to the “long suffering” Earl!

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Pickles

Timeless Treasures Material Girl Pickles

Timeless Treasures Pickles Cartoon Material Girl Comic Strip

Timeless Treasures Pickles Cartoon Material Girl Comic Strip

Laura from SewVeryEasy blog's panel quilt

Laura from SewVeryEasy blog’s panel quilt

At the Timeless Treasures site, is a fabulous quilt by Laura of SewVeryEasy blog, with a How to use Fabric Panels to Make Quilts link to YouTube. I am in love with her use of selvedges in the border. Super clever. The video tutorial show how.

QThanks for stopping by. Now go have a crafty day!

Painting With Bubbles

Bubble Painting

MG’s Bubble Painting

Isn’t it fabulous when the younger generation teaches us a new “painting” technique. My favorite granddaughter MG, 11 years old, loves to craft. BTW when I tell her she’s my favorite granddaughter she quickly points out that she’s my only granddaughter. She is totally in love with my new “craft room” and is always doing something crafty when she visits. This last visit, we went to the Dollar Store so she could pick out craft supplies. One idea she had was to add watercolor to bubbles and then blow the bubbles on paper to “paint”. So bubbles went into the cart. The above picture was her finished product.

Materials:

  • Bubbles with wand
  • Small plastic containers – one for each color
  • Selection of watercolor tubes
  • Paper for “canvas”

Steps to product a great bubble picture:

Add some bubbles

Add some bubbles

1. Add a small amount of bubble solution into a container.

 

add color (1 of 1)

Add watercolor

2. Add a small drop of watercolor to the bubbles.

stir (1 of 1)

Gently stir

3. Gently stir the paint into the bubbles with a popsicle stick. If you stir too vigorously then bubbles will form making it hard to use the wand.

blow bubbles (1 of 1)

Gently blow bubbles

4. Gently blow the bubbles onto the paper.

journal (1 of 1)

Wreck This Journal background

Of course, I had to try out MG’s painting technique. I used it for the background on the Collect The Stamps Off Of All Your Mail page in my Wreck This Journal. I used two different blues, 1 green, and 1 orange and totally love the effect. My glasses were so splattered with bubbles that I had to laugh.

easel (1 of 1)

Best easel ever

This is the best easel! Ikea sells it as a “laptop support” under the name BRÄDA. For $3.99 it’s a steal! A few years ago I purchased two, one for Curls and one for me. It’s thin enough that the clips work perfectly for holding paper in place.

QThanks for visiting us. Now go have a crafty day.

First Sony Bird Pics

Yellow-Dumped Warbler, a winter visitor

Yellow-Rumped Warbler, a winter visitor

White-crowned Sparrow a winter visitor

White-crowned Sparrow a winter visitor

Western Bluebird on shed roof

Western Bluebird on shed roof

Western Bluebird flew just as I snapped

Western Bluebird flew just as I snapped

Western Bluebird checking me out

Western Bluebird checking me out

Spotted Towhee - spotted at last minute

Spotted Towhee – spotted at last minute

Scrub Jay - hopping around

Scrub Jay – hopping around

Red Tail Hawk at dusk

Red Tail Hawk at dusk

Oregon Junco

Oregon Junco

Western Bluebirds on Old Fence

Western Bluebirds on Old Fence

I wanted to share the first bird pictures with my new Sony a 6000, a mirrorless camera which is very light weight. I was using the 55 – 210 mm lens to shot the pictures at my daughter Em’s house on Christmas Day. There is a learning curve. After using my Canon for a billion years, I found the Sony zoom lens works just a tad differently. I am in love with the depth-of-field and look at the fabulously sharp bits of wood fence, roof, etc. Yep, I need to use it more so that the zooming becomes second nature as it is with my Canon. Those of you from the colder climes, we are taking good care of your summer birds the White-crowned Sparrow, the Oregon Junco, and the Yellow-rumped Warbler. They are common visitors to our yard where I have bird seed out for “visitors”.

QThanks for visiting us. Now go have a crafty day.

 

Put A Stop To It

Door Protector

Senor Frog Door Protector

Although we are the original home owners of our house, I’m sure a ghost lives in my studio since the door will slam shut unexpectedly. After years of using a red brick to keep the door propped open, I decided it was time to class it up a bit. You can see on the door how the brick scrapped the paint. Welcome Señor Frog Door Protector, not stopper because he’s protecting the door from the ghost slamming. LOL!

Instructions to make your own protector:

Materials:

  • Red Brick
  • Scrap of batting
  • Scrap of fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wooden tongue depressor
  • Scissors

1. Start with the red brick:

Red Brick

Red Brick

2. Cut the batting: 1.  To fold over the top of the brick and meet in the middle without overlapping, 2. Cut the batting ends to overlap the brick on each end for about 1/4″,  3. Cut two pieces for each brick end.

Brick and batting

Brick and batting

3. Using the hot glue, run a few lines down the length of the brick on one side. Using a tongue depressor for safety, press down the batting into the glue. Repeat this step on the other side.

Hot Gluing

Hot Gluing

4. Glue the end batting onto each end of the brick.

Batting glued onto end

Batting glued onto end

5. Using a scrap piece of upholstery material, cut the fabric the way you would wrapping paper. Enough to cover the top and fold up the ends. Hot glue both ends, then fold the sides as you to wrapping paper and glue into place.

Cut fabric

Cut fabric

6. I have a wooden floor in my studio, so I added a piece of felt for the bottom so it would slide easily and not mark the floor. There is a shoe hanger filled with items behind the door which I am constantly using.

Glue felt to bottom

Glue felt to bottom

 

7. Hot glue a stuffed animal or other decoration. This frog was given to me when I was teaching. He’s a perfect protector on the brick. And voila! A door protector in less that 5 minutes. This blog took a heck of a lot longer to write.

Hola Señor Frog

Hola Señor Frog

QHave fun on your crafty holiday.

Happy Birthday Fuzzy

 

Mom and Q

Mom and Q – Last picture together

Happy Birthday Fuzzy! Mom passed away in March 2014 at 92 years of age, and this is her first birthday without her. All of her family are missing her terribly today. I believe the first anniversary of any occasion after a beloved on has passed is the hardest. Mom’s nickname was Fuzzy! I asked her how she got the name and was told that when she was four, her friend Hershel could not say “Phyllis”, it would come out “Fuzzy”, so the name stuck. The name she used online was FuzzyPhil. Any long time followers might have seen her comments on our blog. She and Betty White were born on the exact same day. I was in Hawaii visiting our daughter when my sister called to say mom has gone into a coma and was dying. She was fine one day and gone the next. She’d said her goodbyes to all of us a few months earlier saying she was tired and wanted to go be with dad.

This is how I remember my mom best, sewing or teaching a family member how to do some handicraft (BTW, she was ninety when these pictures were take):

Mom Sewing

Mom Sewing

Mom teaching great-granddaughter Mercedez

Mom teaching great-granddaughter Mercedez

How I wish I had one of her small notebooks in which she’d draw designs of the clothes she was going to make one of us, or one of the muslin models she’d use for a mock-up of a pattern she was developing. Such a talented woman. When we lived in San Luis Obispo, she had a local PBS sewing show, which I’d go on in order to model one of her designs. I still have one of the smocked dresses I modeled on the program.

My wonderful brother-in-law Jimmie and mom had a very special bond. Due to my dad’s health problem, both parents ended up living with my sister and her husband in Montana their last few years. Jimmie posted this tribute to mom on his Facebook page today.

Marine Phyllis

Marine Phyllis

 

FuzzyPhil

FuzzyPhil

“Happy Birth Day Phyllis
She would have been ninety-three, but she is sharing it with Christ our Lord and his loyal company.
Phyllis was a Lutheran – Marine; what a combination, but it will help her protect his coronation.
Sergeant Stillwell was a proud Marine; she had the honor to serve her country beside her Loving Husband Staff Sergeant Raymond Stillwell during WWII as her father had served as a Marine during WWI.
She successfully raised five wonderful children, that she is very proud of.
She served her country honorably and now she will serve our Lord splendidly.
You will be forever loved and remembered.” – Jimmie

Thanks mom for a wonderful childhood, I’m glad that I thanked you many times while you were alive. Thank you for teaching me how to sew, to knit, to use my mind, etc. You were a perfect example of the fact that just because you are older does not mean you can’t still learn, do “stuff” and keep up with the times. Urging all of us to write to our politicians as you do until the end. You were the best and I miss you terribly.