Felting booties

This past weekend my gurl Emily and I learned to felt from another great buddy, Kate. The result: these felted baby shoes. Maybe my favourite creation.

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Little bit of the felting process…

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Our teacher. Thanks Kate!!

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Mine (above) looked a little mangled at first. But I still loved them. Emily chose to make the booty shape (below), and they looked great right away. Emily later added deer hide to the bottom for tread, from the hide that Emily and I found in the woods and later tanned together. THAT’S how WOODSY we are. SON.

untitled (9 of 12) untitled (8 of 12)Kate’s perfect one’s pictured above. Kate has a booty business – Bumbletoes. Each pair is one of a kind and a beautiful baby gift that will certainly be cherished.

untitled (11 of 12)Under Kate’s tutelage  I sewed some fabric to the little shoes and they turned into the most beautiful baby shoes ever.

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Baby Bonnet

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I’ve made this bonnet twice now. I have a love for cute projects that are so easy that you barely have to think about them. This was something I stumbled upon while crocheting with Emily. I had crocheted a rectangle and was astounded to piece together that if I folded the rectangle and stitched one of the open lengthways sides, you have a bonnet. It was almost as if it was a recollected skill from another generation. Like in Clan of the Cave Bear*.

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The first bonnet I made, I gave to baby Oliver. For that one, I just made braided string pieces for the tie in the front. For this one (for a future baby), I had a stroke of genius – that if I do say so myself, multiplied the cuteness – use vintage fabric for the tie.

untitled (3 of 3)I didn’t have a baby model, so I propped up the bonnet and got the phantom baby effect. Sorry if it creeps you out:)

*Clan of the Bear is REQUIRED Woodsy Woman reading. Sooooooo good.

 

Cold Saturday

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Photo by Alnis

To be clear, this is Moo Moo’s cold Saturday. Our cold Saturday usually consists of Alnis and I running around Moo Moo desperately trying to get laundry, cleaning, groceries and cooking done while trying to fit in some outside play for Esker. It looks a lot like warm Saturdays actually, except we’re wearing wool sweaters and socks.

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Photo by Alnis

 

DIY Cream Cheese

untitled (1 of 5)Like many a woodsy woman, I enjoy hibernating in the winter. And by hibernating, I mean staying inside, playing board games and eating fatty foods. Here is my first foray into cream cheese making. I used yogurt.

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It’s easy. You just separate the solid stuff from the whey (liquid stuff) by using a strainer and cheese cloth. Here are the instructions I used.

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I think next go I’ll use actual cream. This cream cheese tasted suspiciously yogurt-like. But with yogurt, you also get the whey, which can be valuable if you are into fermentation. Which I have just begun to learn about.

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Esker digs it. I think all in all, it was a success. Even though my supervisor (below) was a tad intimidating.

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Lovely Christmas

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We have a Christmas tradition now of a family sing-a long on Christmas Day. It’s very enjoyable. Arguably, this year the most successful tunes were Old Man (Neil) and Tennessee Waltz (traditional). I tried to make everyone sing this song, and everyone did great! Perhaps next year we’ll get into the harmony.

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Last year, many, many, precious vintage and handmade tree ornaments were destroyed by ruckus-ing children and animals. So we’ve packed those ornaments away for 10-20 years, and made our own ornaments this year. We helped my wonderful and very pregnant friend Rachel make dough art ornaments when we were at her house in December, and then ran home and made them ourselves.

untitled (3 of 7) Sooo easy. Very fun to decorate with Eskeroodle Doodle.

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Still have just under a week of vacation! Hoorah! There will likely be a lot of skiing and boardgames. And making things.

 

 

 

 

Mail

If anyone ever wants to make my life, just surprise me by sending me some hand picked fat quarters and a mini pom pom tool in the mail.

C’mON!

I haven’t gotten my grubby little hands on this bad boy yet, what with all of the holiday crocheting, but rest assured, I will be making pom pom bunting.

Thank you my dear Andrea of the Hammera.