17 April 2014

Homeschool a-go-go

The decision has been made.  This is the last year of public school our daughter will attend. Beginning in July (yes, July!) we will all be on a new journey to teach our girl about life, help her discover who she is and who she wants to be. And we can totally do that if we teach her ourselves.  We made her and it's our job to teach her.  Having her home will mean learning can and will happen all the time, not just what we can fit into the few short hours between homework and bedtime when we're all tired and frustrated.  It will be a new way of life for us, but it's going to be good.

I realize this is primarily a crafting blog and that I don't normally drag my personal life into it, but as my lifestyle changes, so will my blog.

Coming soon, you'll be able to find posts about our homeschooling adventures listed under a new page called, amazingly, homeschool.   I hope you'll stick around - there will always be plenty of handmade to be seen - but it may not always be my hands making it.   And that's a good thing too.

06 March 2014

Weave FFFOF Swap

Here are a few pics of my recent swap piece done for the Fifth Friday Festival of Fabulousness Swaps over on Weave.

The swap theme was Bestiary - which gave everyone quite a lot of leeway for creativity and subject matter.    My swap partner posted a pic to the forums a while back of David Tennant as the 10th Doctor, so being the total Doctor Who geek that I am, I made my piece to fit in with both themes. ;)


I printed Brannigan's pic on a piece of cotton - which I think was a remnant from the back of a set of cotton curtains that used to hang in my daughter's room.  After printing him, I embellished him with stitching, using DMC 100% cotton floss.

Brannigan's Nose

I've noticed that kitty noses tend to look like little dots in close-up photography so I decided french knots were going to be perfect for his nose.

Tiny Chain Stitches

I used tiny chain stitches to outline his bomber hat - though they are hard to see with the naked eye.

The total finished size of this piece is 4".  I think I worked on it roughly 3 hours. It's hard for me to stop when I'm embellishing - when is it too much? Is it not enough? I think I'm happy with the way he turned out and my swap partner really liked him, so that is a win-win!