Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Felt Mistletoe Look-alike

Did you see West Elm's felt mistletoe*? Did you fall in love with it, only to see it sold out when you were about to buy it? Well, me too! And since I had promised Aunt S that I was going to get one for her as well, I had no choice but to make them myself. But as I said in my last post, I can never find the time to do the hard work for felting; so instead, I bought some green fleece (I could not find any nice green felt at the store) and some white pompoms (medium size, very compact, not those fluffy ones) and went to town with the scissors.
I used E-6000 to glue the pompoms, just because I was in a hurry, but you can also sew them if you prefer.
Then just arrange as you like, add a bow and find someone to kiss!
I was actually so happy with the outcome, that I decided to trace it onto a piece of paper, so it would be even easier for you to make them. You can just drag it to your desktop, print it, and cut it to use as template (forgive the shaky lines, it was late and I am sleep deprived).
Please let me know how yours turn out.
Happy Kissing and Happy Holidays!
Cheers,

Gaby

* By the way, now they have it back, and it's on sale, but I quite like mine :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Teacher's Presents: Felted Wool Necklaces

For a while now, I have been obsessed with anything felt: felted animals, felted toadstools, felted vegetables, you name it. I just never find the time to do all the hard work. That is why, when I was thinking of Christmas presents for Sophie's teachers, I decided to buy some felted wool beads and braiding cord (from Jo-Ann), and together we made some pretty cute necklaces.
And she was happy to do this even when she was feeling so sick she could not get up from the floor.
Could not be simpler.
And prettier.
Go make some.
Cheers,

Gaby

Sunday, December 16, 2012

All the Little Reindeer

A few weeks ago we received our copy of 'Olive the Other Reindeer', and we all fell in love with it. So much so that I decided to go to Sophie's preschool and read it to all the kids.
And I made reindeer hats for all of them, just because I wanted to see them wear them.
This is what 44 reindeer hats look like (I got a bit carried away):
This is me with a big smile, reading to the kids:
And this is what the little reindeer looked like:
I had a blast. The kids were super excited, and it made me so happy to be there that I am hoping I can turn this into a monthly thing.
... The last few days, every time I think of these sweet kids, I inevitably think of those other kids in that other school, that won't be able to smile anymore. I cry and hug my babies and pray in my own way for their parents and for the World to heal. Love and light, joy and hope...
Cheers,

Gaby

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

(Linda Brown)

Twinkle, twinkle,
Candle bright, 
Burning on this 
Special night.

Add another, 
Tall and straight, 
Every night 'til 
There are eight.

Twinkle, twinkle, 
Candles eight, 
Hanukkah we 
Celebrate.    
May all the lights in your lives shine bright.
Cheers,

Gaby