Thursday, December 31, 2015

Our Life in Lego: New Year's Eve


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Adam's Christmas gift for me

Since I shared with you my Christmas gift for Adam, I wanted to share with you what he made me, and as a bonus what he made his family.

I love coffee...I mean truly love it.  No you don't understand I don't drink it for the caffeine, in fact I usually drink decaf, I drink it for the flavor.  Mmmmmm coffee.  And I really enjoy researching coffee origins and cultural traditions.  I could go on and on...but I won't...right now :)  I also really like trying different brewing methods.  I have an automatic brewer, two french presses, two moki pots, and now I have a beautiful pour over coffee brewer.

Adam built the stand for me and bought me this totally nerdy and appropriate T.A.R.D.I.S. mug.  The wood is so perfectly finished I didn't realize he made it at first.  I thought he bought it.  I need to remember how talented he is.  

Now Adam had gotten some gift cards for his mom, brother, and aunt and wanted a nice way to give them. 

Sometimes gift cards seem too impersonal so he made these beautiful wooden holders to add the personal touch.  The red ones are red heart wood, and the striped one is zebra wood.

And he has three other projects in the works.  They are all things I thought would look great in our house.  I can't wait to share them with you as well.

God Bless-
-R

Monday, December 28, 2015

Adam's Christmas gift

We had a wonderful Christmas.  If you don't count the fire in the oven on Christmas morning...first time I ever had to use an extinguisher.  Adam and I had a nice Christmas morning opening up our gifts for each other.  Adam spoiled me with books and I got him this weird computery thing called a microcontroller aka Arduino.  As far as I can tell it's a box of computer parts that he uses to make lights flash.  It doesn't sound like fun to me, but he's having a blast.  We're both nerds, I'm just an old school book nerd, and he's a new school computer nerd.  :)

We also decided to make a gift for each other.  Tomorrow I'll share what Adam made me, but for today I'll share the afghan I made him.  I had been spending a lot of time crocheting granny squares for an afghan I wanted, when I came across this pix-elated picture of Adam's favorite Ninja Turtle Michelangelo.

Michelangelo Ninja Turtle perler bead pattern:


And I couldn't resist.  Now let me tell a little bit about myself.  I'm kind of a dufus sometimes.  Case in point: I added up how many squares of each color I would need, I decided to make the background color gray instead of white (figured it would stay cleaner longer), and I went to town making  granny squares.  Now that's all well in good, but in my head I was thinking I would make a small lap blanket for him, but I never measured out how big it would be.  If I had,  I probably would have made smaller squares, which means it would have been finished in half the time.  But when I finally got all the squares done I started laying them out and I had to use our queen sized bed because the blanket was so big.  This is when I realized my lack of planning had resulted in a giant blanket.  Ugh I am a dufus.


Starting to lay it out.

Look I filled up our entire bed, and the blanket is only half laid out...oy.

I then looked up different ways to join the squares and I picked the zipper method as described on this website.

Once the first half was put together it was time to start on the second half.

 And here is the second half all laid out.

Now I had to hang the world's largest lap blanket on the half-wall to get a picture of the whole thing.  At this point all the columns were stitched together, and then I had to do the rows.  The rows took a lot longer than the columns.

And for reference here's a photo with Adam and Pepper underneath, enjoying the warmth.  I guess instead of a lap blanket I created a blanket the whole family can enjoy :)  Also I completed the afghan with one row of black single stitch.

Remember when you're making an afghan plan ahead, or you can end up with the world's largest blanket ;)
-R



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Adam's project--Tray

OK so Adam and I tend to eat dinner in front of the T.V.  And by that I mean the only time we don't eat in front of the T.V. is special occasions like Valentine's day, or when we have people over. While we do have a T.V. downstairs in the living room, that room is currently under construction due to the BIG project.  We also have a T.V. upstairs in the loft aka the 2nd living room/craft room/office.  So we eat most our dinners up there while I make Adam watch Frasier Cheers for the millionth time.

One of the times we were hauling dishes and cups upstairs I told Adam we needed a tray.  Of course we could have bought one but it's more fun when you make things yourself...right?  At least that's the credo Adam lives by. :)  So he took some time in his garage and came out with this.

Oh la la

Isn't it beautiful?  The irony of these pictures is that the tray is being photographed on the dinning room table we hardly ever eat at.

Even more beautiful when carrying Christmas cookies and milk.
Cookies Christmas makes everything better :)

It functional and pretty, what more could you ask? :)

Hope all your projects are as successful-
-R

Monday, December 7, 2015

Making Stockings

So last year I was feeling very crafty at Christmas and I decided to make my family new stockings.  I was having fun playing with felt and that's what I used to make the stockings with.

First I spent many a hour on Pinterest looking at stockings to get ideas next I brainstormed some ideas and then sketched them out.  I can't really draw so my sketches are more for laughs then anything else :)  And then I bought one stocking to use as a template.  I traced the stocking on card stock to use as a template for all my stockings.  Then I traced two stockings out for each one.

I did my sister's first, she loves snow.  Her favorite color is blue so that's what I used.  Now I had decided to make a snow globe with a snow man as her design.  I spent an evening tracing every round item I could find in my house until I found three that made the circles for the snow man.  And it took me forever to find a circle big enough to be the snow globe.  Again I made all my templates out of card stock so if I ever wanted to I could make the stockings again in the future, I can. So I cut my snow globe and snowman out of felt and pinned them onto stocking.  Then when I was sure of the placement I tacked the pieces on with hot glue then did an embroidery stitch called the blanket stitch around the edge of all the felt pieces.  And then added black buttons on the snowman.  Then the stocking looked a little empty so I added snow buttons all over it.  Once it was decorated I glued the two stocking pieces together and then did the blanket stitch around the whole thing.  Then embroidered her name on a white piece for the top and then stitched in on.  Here is the finished product.



Mom loves ornaments so I created ornaments and decorated them with sequins and buttons.  Then I stitched them on.  Her's looked a little empty so I added some present buttons on the bottom.  Here's her stocking.


Since my Dad's a hunter I instantly knew I wanted to do a deer silhouette with Christmas lights in the antlers.  I found this silhouette on Pinterest so it's someone else's design.  Adam manipulated it so it would be the right size then I printed it out on card stock and traced it out.  The Christmas lights are buttons I found and just couldn't wait to use.  Then on a whim we decided to put on a red nose, but it kind of looks like Dad shot Rudolph...haha oh well.  Here's his stocking.


Adam wanted cookies on his.  So I took my cookie cutters and traced out some fun Christmas shapes.  I "decorated" each cookie with sequins, beads, and buttons. Then I added a mug complete with tiny white buttons for mini marshmallows.  Here's his finished stocking.


I wasn't sure what I wanted on mine.  I was going to do a nativity but the pieces I found were too small to work on felt.  So I went with something easier.  I decided to do a Santa Clause.  I used a fabric marker to color in the rosy cheeks.  Here's mine.

Hope this inspires you to be creative.  In my next post I will give ideas about what I put in the stockings.

God Bless
-R