Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day O' Craft

Yesterday, we finally got it all together to give my niece her day of crafting for her birthday (January). If you hearken back to that original post, you will remember that I was using this gift as an opportunity to get he craft room in order. Well, I haven't succeeded. On the positive side, she did say, "This is the cleanest I've ever seen this room."

The dude and Lala started by slicing and brining cucumbers to make pickles. Then they moved on to bread making. During the first rise, we took her to a little dive near our house that she likes for their fried mozzarella sticks. Oh, to be so easily charmed! On the way home, we stopped at A.C. Moore to pick up roving to make the felt acorns.

Breadmaking was declared to be hard work. But when she ate her slice of bread, she even ate the crust. That's something else.

The pickles had onions in them which was a bit off-putting to her. When the dude said something about "the vegetables" she kind of freaked, worried that there'd be even more than cucumbers and onions. But she gave them the thumbs up and that's without the 4-6 week "mellowing" period.

She got a bit bored making felt balls, and frankly so did I.

I showed her how to use some of the roving to do needle-felting, because I am the kind of aunt who lives dangerously by giving a ten year old really sharp needles. She made amazing little pictures. I don't know what either of us are doing with our scenes, but they're pretty cute!
(Pie is one of the horses Yayo rides. Lala made this for her.)

About halfway through our felting session, she asked me, "Can we do this for Christmas next year?" So the day was an unqualified success!

And thanks much to the dude for doing this all on his birthday. (I'll show you his present tomorrow.)

This morning I ate the bread toasted with butter and homemade strawberry jam. Oh, mama. I've got the best husband in the world!


Karen said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your niece and husband! That's awesome that he made bread and pickles!

KarenV said...

What a great idea! Glad you all had a fun day.

Peggy Lee said...

MMmmmm....bread an pickles.
Sounds YUMMY!

Anonymous said...

The needle only has to go though the nail once. My daughter learned quickly to work carefully when using a sewing machine. That was thirty years ago and she is now "sewing" with her children.

Lana said...

Wow! Looks like a great day!! that bread looks scrummy!!

Lee said...

You are a VERY cool aunt!

Laura said...

That kid's got talent. I'll have to try this with my daughter some time. It looks like fun.

I've been trying to get my kids to eat their crust for years. Even the 16-year old leaves it on the plate.

Michelle said...

What fun! It definitely sounds like a successful day. And happy birthday to the dude!

Meadows08 said...

I think it's an awesome gift to give a child. As much as they like a "thing" they love our time more!

JenFW said...

Oh, you are the best kind of aunt. Lucky, Lala.

It's been a while since I've been here. I'm having fun catching up. You inspire me.