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The Chicken Birthday

A certain boy around here turned 4 on May 2. He donned his crown (briefly) and celebrated with his shirt and chickens. Chickens? Yep, we threw a chicken themed birthday party for him complete with a chicken cake, a mama made wool felt stuffed chicken, wooden eggs (that he insists on sleeping with every night) from his uncle in California, and a wool felt “crack-able” egg from some friends. His big brother helped me make him a butterfly net, and while the basement flooded the day of his party (which ended with a tornado warning), he had a fabulous time. We made wool felt chicken masks as a craft and favor in one. I really wish I had both more and better pictures, but the day was so hairy I didn’t even know where my camera was!

Did you know that 4 year old boys can have crushes? I didn’t. I was SO wrong; this one is completely smitten with a particular young lady, a bit younger than he is, at our church. I can’t blame him; she’s adorable. I don’t envy him the future battle, though; she has two big brothers! He was over the moon that she and part of her family were able to attend his big celebration. He even made a special chicken mask just for her and had me tie a bow on it to present it to her. Now, everything he makes is for her. Wasn’t that all supposed to be for his mama still? 😉



Holiday Handmades: For the baby

The bigger boys really went all out for their baby brother for Christmas. The eldest insisted on making him a mobile; it was only after much deliberation that we decided to do animals. We spent an afternoon cutting the chosen beasts out of wool felt; then there was a bit of machine sewing, some hand sewing, and some stripes to draw. His favorite part of the project was the afternoon we spent assembling this and playing with/learning about balance. I can’t tell you enough that you should make some sort of kinetic, hanging art with your kids. The best part? Not only did the big guy have a blast and learn a ton making this gift, but the baby LOVES it!

The middle brother and I worked hard together to make a large, soft, stuffed, chimed ball for the little guy. We used this pattern from the Purl Bee, and I stashed a chime I already had inside when we stuffed it. The 3 year old picked all the fabrics and helped me stuff this. This has become a steady favorite choice for baby play!

I built the little guy a small wood box with a hole in it. With the addition of a silk scarf, it’s a little like the ultimate tissue box for him. He loves to pull the scarf out over and over again. I also have a collection of cotton hankies I used for some dye tests for a previous art show that I plan to load up for him at some point. He also likes to put other things in his box, including some of the smaller tree blocks we made him.


Another 1!

A certain baby boy turned 1 this past Christmas around here. We celebrated his big day a couple of weeks later with a small party of family, and we gave him some fun handmade gifts he’s really enjoyed. He also got his birthday crown and birthday shirt, but his mama didn’t get a decent picture of him in his shirt.

On Christmas afternoon we gave him some tree blocks we’d made for him. His older brothers both helped me sand these, and they have become a popular item for building around here.

Decorations for his shin dig were simple; I made him a name bunting to later hang in his room that we hung for his party.

We also spread the table with a simple piece of fabric, some leaf fleece place mats that doubled as our party favor, and a lion cake that he loved destroying the top of.

At his party he received a quilt I made for him. I started on this when I was just a few weeks pregnant with him, and I am thrilled with how it turned out. It is made entirely from hand dyed fabrics from my stash.

At one, this little determined guy of ours was walking and using about 10 words. He is a happy, content, persistent little boy who continues to surprise us with how quickly he is doing things. He looks up to his big brothers and wants so badly to be a part of everything going on around here. We are blessed to have him, and have all eaten up every day of his first year (and nearly 2 more months…).


Holiday Handmades: Epiphany swords and Valentine shields

I made the big boys swords from wool felt for epiphany this year. It follows that once one has a sword, he should probably get a shield as well. So, all three boys were subsequently made denim and wool felt trimmed shields for Valentine’s Day. It made perfect sense that the toddler should have a shield but not a sword; he needs to protect himself, right?



We have had a strange and wonderful (mostly) sort of day around here. The biggest little boy woke in the middle of the night in a screaming panic and threw up; it wasn’t until he demanded to take a nap this afternoon that I knew he was actually truly sick. In my defense, he did tell me in the middle of the night that he only threw up because he was so upset; this is something he has a history of doing. At any rate, our morning started with simple toast and apple juice, and getting off to school went smoothly simply because he really wanted to go today.

The younger two boys and I returned home to make a late second breakfast of oatmeal and fried eggs. We spent a leisurely morning mostly indoors just being. The middle kiddo donned his boots and coat for a while to explore outback with a table knife; he wanted to cut ice! I managed to sneak cutting the boys sandwiches with a heart cookie cutter while he was outback.

I was shocked when all 3 of my children slept soundly this afternoon AT THE SAME TIME! I shunned taking a much needed nap myself and headed straight for my studio to concoct something for Hubby. I stitched him a heart. I loved doing it. I think he liked getting it.

The boys almost all woke in tears at nearly the same time, but I was so relaxed from an hour ALONE that it didn’t really phase me. I’d put dinner in the crock pot this morning, and easily whipped up the rice, caramelized onions and sauteed red peppers to go with it while the boys played outside. Dinner was even an all around hit tonight.

Now, the boys are sleeping, and Hubby and I are sitting on the couch watching tv with popcorn. It’s been a great Valentine’s Day!