A low-adrenaline week.
Emily has been asking for more shapes for the felt board
and I've been putting it off forever- my felt stash is so
inaccessibly messy that I don't touch any of it if I can help it.
Last week I made myself buy an interim (until I install more
cubby holes or cabinets somewhere) tub to store them
because I could no longer bear the sight of it all.
And then the neatness of the stack of colors, now sanely
contained, was rather motivating and exciting, so last night
I cut out some new felt shapes. Emily was specific in what
she wanted, which is always helpful, so it took me less than
an hour to make some new scenes for her
(and mess up the felt stash again, bah).
A princess castle
with new royal outfits and hair for the old Felt Girl and Boy
and their horse-and-carriage. The poor old horse looks
a bit off because I forgot to cut a mane. The carriage is
what became of the pumpkin after Cinderella's fairy
godmother's nifty spell - it still bears some of its
This next scene is my current favorite because it has no pink
in it and appeals to my inner nerd (I used to be a high school
Physics lecturer/tutor before being promoted
to domestic engineer):
and landing on the Moon. Old Felt Girl and Boy are now
Closer-ups of the shuttle and spacesuit, which , incidentally, is
the easiest thing in the world to make. Trace the outline of the
felt figure and cut a squarish hole for the face.
Building on the old sea scene, here are some new fish
and Astronaut Boy is now a deep sea diver, with an airhose.
I've always liked fish for art subjects because one can do
so much with them. The ones in the left picture are assembled
from individual shapes and random left-over felt pieces.
The ones in the right picture are fish-shaped and I set
Emily loose on them with fabric markers. She had a blast.
Finally, here are some simpler shapes for Jenna. Recently Jenna
has been associating the "snowman" with anything that consists
of shapes in a row, touching. For instance, when laying cookies
or biscuits on a tray to be baked, she has their sides touching
and says she's making a snowman. So I cut out shapes for
a snowman and Emily added a snowball being thrown at it.
Semi-related point: you can quite clearly see the awful fuzzy
pilled surface of the light side of our feltboard. Serves me right
for using horrid acrylic felt instead of the Good Stuff.
Jenna loves her toy cupcakes and muffins so here are
some felt versions. Emily suggested the tops could
double as scoops of ice-creams
So not very difficult to make, really.
Emily's ideas were a good springboard for bigger scenes
so if anyone is looking for new felt cutouts, the kids
themselves probably have the best ideas!
And now for some updates.
I haven't been making anything fun this week - mostly just
utility sewing. Patched and re-hemmed three pairs of jeans
so I could stop wearing my lone, last pair of decent pants
every day. Then sewed up Emily's flannel nightgown that had
been cut out and sitting on my sewing table for weeks.
Also finally loaded the overlocker with woolly nylon and serged
some fleece blankets for gifts- they'd been lying around in the
Low Priority section of the room since Halloween.
How good it feels to be done with these
housekeeping projects at last!