Thursday, March 31, 2011

Harry Monsters... grrrr!

The beginning of the month we made Harry Monsters at cub scouts.  Growing up, this was always one of my favorite crafts my mom did with us.  We actually did it at VBS and I looked forward to it each year.  Having a mom who is the VBS craft coordinator rocks btw.

Harry Monsters all in a row
It was really fun to see all of the boys individual personalities come out in their monster's faces.  We had several with Angry Bird mustaches and a few holding "Go Blues" signs.  I'm still a little surprised how much fun the boys had.

To make a harry monster of your very own all you need are some small plastic cups.  I always think of these as fruit salad or punch cups.  I think they work best for a proportional face size.  And I like that they are clear.  Decorate to your hearts content with pipe cleaners, googly eyes, pom pons... whatever.  Add some potting soil, lots of grass seed, water regularly and watch it grow!

Quinn's cyclops (left) and my Angry Birds Pig inspired stached monster.
After a few weeks your moster will start to look like a punk rocker and will need a haircut.

I thought of putting a bow in my monster's hair, but it has a mustache and gender confusion is not exactly what I'm going for here.

Faux-hawks really are dumb.  2nd dumbest haircut ever.
Still punk rock, don't you think!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First Quilt

Again, I've been neglecting you blog... so sorry.  

I've taken some quilting classes in the past few weeks with Shilo.  They were a lot of fun but it REALLY makes me wish I had a nicer machine to work with.  I can say that the $1500 Babylock we used in class really was not much better than the $150 Brother hand-me-down machine from my mom.  It did have a lot more bells and whistles, but sewing wish it was just meh and I'm not really looking for bells and whistles.  I'm being steered more towards the direction of a Bernina now or maybe even a Janome.  

So back to the classes.  First was the hand quilting class.  I am surprised by how much I enjoy hand quilting, it's slow but still very enjoyable.  I can see from my speed though that I will want to become a better sewer (or maybe I need a new machine?) so that I can just machine quilt most of my quilts.  Still, it's a good skill to have and I can see myself hand quilting pieces that are more decorative and then machine quilting the rest of a piece. I've already plans for my Christmas quilt to do both.  

These photos are from the beginning quilting class.  It was a two day class, 4 hours each on consecutive Sundays.  I learned so much during both this and the hand quilting class.  I also realized while shopping for my fabrics (I LOVE the fabrics I chose) for the beginning class that I do not like quilts styled like the one we did in class.  This will probably be my one and only quilt I ever make with boring little blocks.  I have a burning need for scrappiness... I never realized how deep it was until now. I'm anxious to get started on my next few projects and have fun.  If I ever finish sewing on the binding for this first quilt.. it's been two days and I'm nearly half way done.