Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Monday, January 17, 2011

Time to get creative

It's cold outside.

Really, really, really cold.

Too cold for this...
...or this...
...and even this...
...and I just have to throw in this pic because it's too cute not to...
hee hee

So, on this teeth-chattering, blistery day, I have all my darlings home with me for the MLK Jr holiday, and it was definitely time for something crafty.  Oh, and it has to be made with stuff I've already got...I already told you, I'm not going out there!  Brrrrr.    :)

older kid craft
inexpensive leftover scraps of felt & embroidery floss (& fabric glue)

younger kid craft

I wished there was another one of me when everyone had gathered around the table...  "Mumma, I can't...."  or "Mom, How do you...." and "Moooooooommmmmmmm...."  I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about, ha!

I was impressed with the younger boys, though Jonah takes things so seriously and often gets overly frustrated and even angry.  I honestly have NO idea where he gets that from, none at all.  (Yes, insert sarcastic voice.)

Can you guess what Isabelle is making?
She did a great job with the mod podge and foam brush, though the girl is so fast, I have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she wasn't gluing things to the table, ha!

Meanwhile, Mama Crafty hopped over to the other side of the table to assist the boys as they stitched Indian pouches and embellished them with felt scraps.  (Jonah said they looked like slippers, ha!  They kinda did!)
 They practiced whip-stitching to form the pocket, and then the single fold-over part for decoration.  (I had used a sharpie to put dots along the edge as a guide.)

And voila!  Pretty neat, huh?

We still need to glue on a small piece of Velcro so the pouch can open and close, but I want to be sure the embellishments are secure first.  (I use Liquid Stitch.)  The boys want to use these to hold some of their special rocks or coins or secret treasure maps.   :)

**Later on in the day...**
My guys had so much fun sewing these that they asked for more scraps to whip up an arm band, another satchel, and a special pouch for my Dad, who is sick, so it will cheer him up.  And that's the whole reason we spend time making things, isn't it?

I must say I really enjoy doing these special things with my children; however, it takes a LOT out of me!  I need to get everything organized and ready to go first, otherwise I get way too irritable and then it's no fun for anyone.  Next I set up stations at the table, gather everyone around, and most importantly, pray for patience!  :)

I'm linking up to these great sites~

**Snow Day / Day #2 at Home**
They were still sewing!!
Here is my new bookmark from Caleb, aww.....


Jenny said...

Perfect projects for a cold winter day! GREAT ideas!

Elaine said...

Looks like you made the most of a cold day. It's great to do things with your children.

1grown2togo said...

So glad I found you on the Tuesday Blog Trail I enjoyed reading your story of adoption about Isabelle because I to am a child of adoption. Adopted by two of the most amazing parents ever!! I'm glad it all worked out even though you had me hanging on the edge of my seat w tears...God Bless you & your family~~Shari your newest follower via GFC

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Hi! I just found your blog through another one and wanted to pop over and say hello! I love these craft ideas, especially the ones for the littlest hands. :-) I also wanted you to know that as a fellow adoptive mommy my heart was just filled with joy in reading about the journey that led you to your daughter. I have also shared our adoption journey on my blog in a series called "A Labor of the Heart" and it has been such a blessing to put it out there and share all about how God brought us our precious kiddos! I'm your newest follower and would love to have you stop by sometime! :-)
P.S. You are so right about God taking something that seems broken beyond repair and then turning it around and knocking our socks off with His amazing plan! I can't wait to look back through more of your posts!

Clayton Thomas said...

New follower- What perfect projects- Still loved the snow pictures as well.

Stay warm,


Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

great projects - loved the bottle! I am going to try that one with my girls!

your adoption story touched me! Your daughter is blessed to have you as I am sure you are all blessed to ahve her in your lives!

new follower - would love a follow back!

Heavensent1 said...

Great projects and wonderful memories~!!

GFC following from Tuesday Blog Trail...ifn you have a moment, please stop by my place and have yourself a look around ~ Mad Moose Mama ~ ~ Have yourself a most groovy of days...peaces...xoxo

Lisa said...

Thanks for the follow, following you back!

What fun crafts! Looks like your kids really enjoyed them.

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