So. What else have we been up to?
Here are some of my favourite make-y projects from the past year.
I made a whole raft of these hats for Christmas presents. They give one's head a unique acorn shape, which is quite charming, in my opinion; the boys weren't that impressed.
Sanded my sewing desk and gave it some hardware love.
We made about a million of these between Advent and March, and hung them from every possible outcropping.
Eggs were dyed with red cabbage and yellow onion skins, which is as creative as we got this Easter. Someday we will take up the family torch and do pysanky, but there's only so much beeswax, fire, and permanent dye I wish to give my under-fives. Here's the onion peeling party:
--which brings me to pants. Below are Matthias' Sunday trousers (oops—getting a bit small. I swear, they fit him last week!) in the skinny-pants fashion. Although nothing looks that skinny over a cloth diaper.
Wrapping a stick
Pants for small people are so easy to make. Anyone with a sewing machine can whip 'em up in about half an hour, using some folded fabric, an elastic, and a pair of old pants for the pattern. I'll post a tutorial soon.
Linen beach trousers, for baby Hazel June. And if you think I'm mentioning them just because I like to say her name, Hazel June, you're absolutely right.
They're made of old linen dishtowels and napkins. Sported here by handsome Matthias, who will hopefully come to forgive me for all this cross-dressing. (They're a couple sizes too small for him, but—you see how a big baby is crammed into small pants? Pure quality.)
And best of all: Will crafted a totally awesome bunk bed out of junk he'd been hoarding in the garage.
You can't tell in this picture, but it's as sturdy as a rock. It doubles as a jungle gym, castle, ship, cliff face, theatre, and many other bizarre uses.
I believe that's a fireman scaling a burning house, in an unnaturally tidy room. Who made those beds? Would that person like to return and live with us?