It’s a New Year

I’m not a resolution maker because they hang over your head and I tend to either forget them or resent them. However I have resolved to do better on my blog this year than I did last year. It would be hard to do worse. Last year was just an anomaly.

I was on the reunion committee for our class reunion which was in April (and out of town of course). Then I stayed to spend time with my kids and grandkids and spent most of the summer out of town. By the time I came home I had appointments to catch up on and and suddenly it was Thanksgiving and then BOOM Christmas. BTW if you think Christmas came fast it did. There was a week less than usual between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So. Those are my excuses.

I did craft, I just didn’t take photos of everything and I didn’t blog about it. I already have a few craft ideas lined up and ready to start on and some things started that I need to finish, but today I’m just going to post a few photos of things I did last year and didn’t blog about. You can click on the photo and see a very short description along with a larger image.


And so that’s it for today. If you see something that interests you, please comment. If you have done something similar or the same and have a better idea, tell me! Here’s to happy crafting and cooking.

Draw Me an Elephant!

When my youngest son was little he used to ask me to draw him elephants. I’m not sure why. I wasn’t particularly good at it, but I guess he liked elephants (what kid doesn’t?) and I always said yes, and so it was one of our “things”. I was trying to think of something to make this weekend with an extra jean’s leg and it occurred to me that a little stuffed elephant would be a fun surprise thing to send him, now that he and his wife are awaiting the birth of their first child.

I won’t do a tutorial on it, since it was so simple. I just drew one on computer paper, cut it out (be sure to cut it bigger than the final size to account for seams!) and used that as a pattern. I like to draw on dark fabric (and glass for that matter) with silver sharpie markers. Draw on the wrong side.

Cut it out, and then stitch it up except for the back. Use something like a chopstick to turn the legs and trunk right side (don’t make the trunk too thin or you will have a really difficult time turning it!). I actually think they make a tool for this, and I might try to find one and buy it.

Stuff it with batting (mostly full), add your eyelet for an eye if you want to (altho I would not consider this baby safe as I think over time that could come off and be a choking hazard, like a button) and hand stitch most of the back up, finish stuffing and hand stitch the rest of it up.

Easy! I thought it was really cute. Now I need to get it off in the mail. 🙂