J’s Birthday Crown

So, my camera is back and good as new! Thank goodness. I was sad without it. (Note to self: need to develop the three disposable cameras I went through while I was without a camera for three weeks.)

So, here is J wearing his birthday crown that I described in an earlier post. What a ham! Didn’t it turn out cute? I just love it. He seemed very pleased with it as well.

Freezer Paper Stencils and Happy 4th!

I have been wanting to make freezer paper stenciled shirts for the boys for awhile, but it’s just been on the “list”. I think I read about them first on Soulemama’s blog, or maybe it was somewhere else, I’m not sure. In any case, Laura at My Montessori Journey has been on a Freezer Paper Stenciling kick this week, and her shirts for her boys look so adorable! I’ve been motivated and inspired.

We had friends visiting us for the Fourth of July today. Took them to our town’s 4th of July parade, ate yummy homemade baked beans and smoked chicken, played outside on a gorgeous, sunny, 75 degree day, etc. It was wonderful. A perfect “summer in Maine” day. We also had the opportunity to sit down and go through our camping list as we are going camping with them next weekend. Four boys at a campsite in northern Maine next to a lake. What more can a little boy dream of?

How about matching freezer paper stenciled shirts? (Okay, probably not what they are dreaming of, but I’m sure they will love them.) Since we are going to northern Maine, I decided to make black bears. No worries, you know I will share how they turn out! I think I am going to use this clip art as my stencil template. It’s from Karen’s Whimsy.

Learning to crochet

We were visiting family this weekend at the lake in NH and I was given the opportunity to ask my husband’s aunt to teach me how to crochet! Her grandma taught her about 58 years ago, and she is definitely an experienced crocheter. Although I have tried to learn from books in the past, I never quite grasped it. It took her about 10 minutes to show me how, and I was on my way. I can now single crochet, double crochet and triple crochet! She even taught me how to make a ring. Now I just need to practice and figure out how to read a pattern! I’m currently making a dishcloth, and I will see it through, but it’s sort of boring. So, I’m already on the lookout for something fun to make. I think I’m going to make a little Amigurumi, like this little octopus on Ana Paula’s blog. Her book, Amigurumi World, is now on my Wish List!

More posts later. I did some fun craft shopping while we were in NH, and since I now have my trusty camera back (pretty quick service from Canon repair), I can post a much better photo of J’s birthday crown!

Note writing ensemble

Look what SouleMama just posted on her blog. How cute is this? I am definitely adding a note writing ensemble to my list of future sewing projects. Not only would I love one for myself, but I think these would make marvelous Christmas presents for friends and family.