Playing with clay!!!

So back when I started my Etsy dh was wondering what everyone sells on there anyway! So he started poking around, and one of the big things he found was Sculpy and Fimo creations of aaaaaalll kinds. He used to play with clay, and and made quite a few things out of Fimo that are kept in his little treasure chest box of things. So I thought I would buy him a clay pack at the store, and get him creating again. After it sat in his office for like six weeks, he passed it off to me and the kiddo’s. I was all like, no way, knitting is my thing, not making clay stuff! But the kiddo’s were excited, and dug right in, and BEGGED me to come play too! So I put down the knitting needles, and off I went to make stuff.  Here is our first batch of things for baking.

Little did I know that some of these were glow in the dark clays. Wow! So up at the top you have the pendants that I doodled up. We didn’t have the little jewelry hooks at the time (but boy oh boy, do we have them now :-D) so I just poked holes in them and called them good! So then we have a Creeper face made by 13 yo ds, and that orange pendant with green hearts made by 10 yo dd. She also made the Torchic pendant, and the little Torchic figurine, with a little help from me for the eyes, wings, and beaks. And of course the pink pendant with dark pink stars is all her. I ended up making the Mudkip after they pressed out the blue circle, and added orange blobs to it, which I had to make into fins. 11 yo ds spent all of his time making that turtle, getting the flippers and shell juuuuuust right! And then he had a little ball of black and white clay from making the eyes, and when he rolled it up he swears he sees a dragon in the pattern on the side of that little tiny ball! So he insisted we bake it too!  And the grey cat is a last minute creation by 10 yo dd also! I am afraid she might decorate it, and add it to a future Christmas tree! 😛

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15 yo dd created this little flower. It’s about as big at the top of your thumb (the picture sucks, because we couldn’t figure out macro mode on the camera. Blah!)!

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And then here is the next attempt! We had so much fun we bought a couple more packs of clay, and then sat around the table for another two and a half hours of creating! Crazy, I know!!!! I knitted through this round though. Up in the top corner you have 11 yo ds’s penguin. Yes a brown and green penguin! Then he made a bug thing that I told him I might mistakenly squish before it was baked! LOL The little kitty cat is 10 yo dd’s! He’s soooooo cute!!! Then 10 yo dd also made the burger, and fries, and ice cream cone, and tried to attempt a flower like her sister did last time.  15 yo dd made all that yummy food in the top corner. She has a marshmallow, a blue cupcake, a piece of chocolate, a carrot cake cupcake (carrot cake was her latest weight gain food at the time she made that :-D) And then the waffle looking thing is a smores, and then another blue cupcake with pink icing. 10 yo dd also made for her sister a glazed doughnut, and a strawberry Starburst candy. LOL 14 yo ds made the creeper of course (guess who likes Minecraft?), and another Mudkip was tossed together real quick like before I popped all this into the oven. Of course you have lots of little bits of clay all over the table after all the making is done, so we made buttons out of it. Just roll all the little pieces into canes (or dodo rolls as the kiddo’s say) and then roll all your canes together, and then slice off half inch pieces, and press them into buttons between your finger and thumb, and add a couple of holes with a toothpick. ~Pretty~ swirly buttons!!!

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I think during our next clay making I am going to put down the knitting needles again, because I’ve been watching some videos, and here’s what I would like to do next… Pretty Flowers  and then there’s another tutorial where a lady makes some gorgeous stained glass looking butterfly wings also!!!!  Cannot wait to try out those techniques!!! And yes, it is almost as much fun as knitting. Almost! 😀

TTYL 🙂

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Picture time!!!!

Yayyy, for pictures! Today we will be featuring knitting/crocheting/weaving, tomorrow or the next day fimo clay!!!!

So last month I found out from one of my online knitting groups that a long time online knitting friend had passed away. 😦 She was a huge supporter of the babies at Cooper Hospital in NJ, and there are many of us that knit for the group, and shared her enthusiasm for keeping those babies covered!!! So when the different groups I am a part of heard of her passing, two very large groups, and one smaller knitting group, all got together to honor her, and man oh man, is Cooper Hospital ever going to be overwhelmed shortly with all of our efforts! 🙂 Here are some of mine. Hats, and a little vest. (Some of these babies literally have nothing to wear home from the hospital)

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And a blanket out of pink and purple woven squares. Which means you have to….

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make another one out of blue woven squares. Yeah, yeah, I know you don’t *have* to, but I like balance. 😛

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Hats for my old local hospital. I haven’t sealed up the box yet though, so there is time to add quite a few more. I’d just like their box to make it to them by Easter, so I have another few weeks to make some Etsy sales and get this out to them.

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Here is the blanket for them also. The first time I brought a blanket to them, they were just soooo happy! The second time I brought a couple of blankets and a boodle of hats to them, and I had a dr come around the counter and catch me at the elevator to shake my hand and thank me! The third time I brought them blankets and hats, they told me of the baby they had to send to foster care, and they were sooooo happy to have one on hand to send with him. So now, I try and give them at least one blanket every time I send things. It was nice having direct contact with the nurses for that few years. I learned a lot from them!

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Here are a bunch of preemie hats, and a few regular size hats for Lubbock!

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And then two blankets for them also. Once again balancing that boy and girl thing. 😛 Most hospitals will tell you they get sooooo many girl things, so most times I try and give a wee little more gender neutral things, and a few extras just for the boys too. Most of these squares are from another online group I am on also. Thanks to having these on hand, I also learned how to crochet the circle square!

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And here is the most fun I’ve had in a while. Last week I took a couple of days, and just sat around stuffing and sewing up these little 3 inch hearts! Of course then everybody here started dipping into this stash and picking out their favorites.  But I managed to turn out about 30 extras of them for the Etsy shop! I need to get busy and make a boodle of white, and pastel ones, just for wedding and baby season coming up. *Fingers crossed* some of them sell! I have one listing so you can buy 10 at a time, and then another listing to buy them individually! I’ve been handing them out, and leaving them in random places myself.  Just good little fun to make people smile.

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Hope y’all are having a fabulous day! I’m having such a good day, even my drink is smiling back at me! Hee hee! (yes, 15 yo dd spotted the smile in the cup, and ran for the camera, and took that shot before I was allowed to touch my drink again. lol)

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TTYL 🙂

Happy day of Pie!!!! (pi)

What a whirlwind few weeks it’s been. Yes, Spring has sprung here in ol CO!!! Or at least I think it has, this being our first year here and all. One day last week it got cold enough to snow just a wee little bit.  But I think we are through the worst of the winter!

The kale, spinach, lettuce, and mint are doing most fabulous in the basement right now! We had a few losses, but I’ve reseeded the bare patches in the pots today, so here’s hoping in the next week or two we will have a full load of plants to put outside!  I am going to have to watch the wind advisories, and the watering very very closely after that! The other day we had terribly high winds, and I was really thankful my seedlings weren’t out in it, or they would have gotten all bent! And the watering, because FL was easy peasy for me to know all about how fast things dry out. Since we’ve been in CO things are D.R.Y. around here, and I am scared everything might just up and die on me a few times before I get the hang of it all! I miss my humidity! 😛

On the knitting front, just got three boxes all packed up for the hospitals. Weaving in all the ends on eleventy hundred hats over the past couple of days about did me in! Apparently I will never learn to do a few at a time as I go. And as karma would have it, I taped up and addressed the boxes today, and sat down to look at news, and my etsy shop (adding new stuff tomorrow), and yaaayyy there’s a new sale!!! So I’m mailing that out tomorrow, and then in a few days I will have the money on my account to send out these boxes to the hospitals! I like that! Thank you lady in NY if you read here!!!! 🙂

And now I am out of here, because the kiddo’s are leveling up their battle pets in World of Warcraft, and I gotta go get mine out and kick their butts, and give them a strategy/math lesson on different pets and their abilities and percentages of damage and all. Home school math is ~everywhere~!!! LOL

TTYL 🙂

Yeah I’m blog slackin again, BUT….

I guess I’m not slacking in real life, and that’s what counts sometimes, right?

10 yo dd is on lesson #67 of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (our third year going through this book with her), and she is really really getting it this year!  She’s reading like a pro!!!! And then I realized that… she the last kiddo’s I have to learn how to read. /cry! My babies are growing uuuuuupp!!!! So since she is doing sooo very well, I splurged and got her one of those big “I can read” story books from the store.  It has like six or seven stories in it, and now she is loving going off to her own little corner to read a book just like her brothers. 😀

I found out some knowledgeable things about home schooling here in CO, and will hopefully will be joining and umbrella school here shortly. You do all of your attendance and reporting to them, and send them samples of the work, and then they do all the paperwork with your school district! Yayy, easy peasy!!! Still keeping my own records and stuff though. Been doing it for around 15 years now, and I guess it’s kind of a cool little family history to go back and read all my weekly home school logs.

Our plants are doing wonderful!!! I lost a few kale, and some of the spinach, and all of the dill, and chives. 😦 It was just too cold still, even indoors, and they weren’t getting the proper light. But now we have lights set up in the basement, and the weather is hopefully going to stay in the 50’s and 60’s during the day. And then in about three or four weeks we will be moving them outside gradually!!!! Wootness, ~~~garden~~~!!!!!! Once the temps are good we’ll try more of the herbs again.

And then today, I got out a boodle of squares I have sitting around, and I am putting together my fourth baby blanket of the day! Number three still needs some edging too, but one and two are totally finished, and ready to send out! I cannot believe four blankets in one day! Woot! Now I just need to update my Etsy tomorrow to make some $$$ to send these things out to the hospitals!!! Round and round we go!

And that is the quick and easy update. I should have lots of pictures to share by the end of the week!

TTYL 🙂

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