Sunday, December 14, 2008

Plushie love

A little background...I work in a big office. The group I work is made up primarily of professionals who are in their 30's and early 40's. As a result, it seems, there is ALWAYS someone who is expecting a baby. I keep telling them all, keep it to yourself! I've had plenty thank you! If someone hands me water from the machine in our kitchen I'm NOT going to drink it.

So...I had seen these great kids blocks in a store, and I went home to try to make some. I felted a fluffy white sweater, thinking it would be really soft and great tactile fun for an infant. I cut six pieces, the same size, and made a cube with them. Then stuffed like crazy. Of course, my first attempt wasn't nearly what I was expecting. But when I showed my son Ben what I had come up with he thought it would make a great "plushie". So we found some felt to make eyes and mouth with.

The result was "Square Meal". Ben comes up with these great names. Of course, the square part was easy...but he must have heard someone talking about getting a "square meal" on tv. He's really into word plays and humor in language these days...

Monday, December 8, 2008

My First Inspired Creation

So, as a thrifty New Englander, I am always trying to think of ways to re-use things. Combine that with a newly found love for my aunt's hand-me-down Kemore sewing machine. The result was cutting up an old 80's vintage reversible raincoat, and making this...

A very cool, one of a kind "this is not a plastic bag" bag.

I basically put one of the pockets on each side, and made the bag as big as I could with the size coat I had. It didn't really matter that parts of it were dirty, because I just cut around them. It's actually 10" square, with sides that are 13" high.

It's great, because I can carry anything from the store in it, freezer stuff, wet stuff, doesn't matter. I can just wipe it off or windex it off, or scrub it in the sink if I have to. Borderline indestructible!

Besides that, it's just cool. Who do you know that takes bags to Whole Foods with stripes on one side and polka dots on the other?? Me!