First, we are late in posting about Halloween, but I have to share this post-Halloween-party photo of our little UPS man (he put the hat like that himself).
These little monster treats were my favorite Halloween craft. I think I might have gotten the idea from My Family My Forever. I melted chocolate into a shallow bowl. Then I helped the little guy stick a marshmallow on each craft stick, dip the top in the chocolate, dip again in a separate bowl of shredded coconut, and then give to me to do the freeze-dried blueberry eyes (held on by a little more melted chocolate). They were delicious, and he loved making them.
We really turned a corner this month in terms of sewing together. In theory, the Infant Bibliophile loves to sew with me, on my knee, for short bursts of time. Before now, though, I have always found it too difficult to get a project together quickly enough before he tired of the idea and moved on. But these last couple of months, I've just been making small projects with him with little or no planning - a bag here or there or sandwiching a few pieces of fabric together and practicing some stitches... anything to get us back into my quilting room every day. For instance, here's a pencil case we made to hold the colored pencils I put in his Halloween basket.
And here is a tactile/texture book we made for a friend. (Thanks to One Inch World and Mama Smiles for the idea). We took all sorts of different fabrics - denim, corduroy, soft minkee, high contrast cotton prints, etc., and sewed pairs of them right sides together, with a small opening for turning inside out. We ended up with 5 "pages," and since I don't have a serger and couldn't get the bulk under my machine presser foot to bind it as a real book, I just sewed the top left corner by hand:
I also remembered that I had this advent calendar kit. It was the perfect project for us. We did a little sewing every day. I even taught the little guy to push pins into my pin cushion as I pulled them out. The final project is nowhere near perfect, but it is finished (except for a hanging mechanism), and I'm a happier person for having had more time in my sewing room lately.
What crafty things have you been up to lately? What things make you a happier person when you can find the time to fit them into your life?