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oversized purse of just a large tote?

  • Posted on January 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm

i tried to make nandi a new felted purse.
oversized bag
unfortunately it didn’t felt down as much as i expected (nandi was busy so meg is modelling it for size)
oversized bag
it is too big for a purse, but not bad for a large tote bag. i’m trying again with different yarn that i know felts really well

a bjd advent – dec 16 – hampers for the food bank

  • Posted on December 16, 2019 at 1:29 pm

for the past couple weeks the kids have been doing extra chores to earn grocery vouchers that they can redeem for pantry items to give to the food bank, today meg put out some big boxes and the kids put stuff in throughout the day…
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers

apparently meg underestimated the kids desire to help others
dec 16 bare cupboards
time to go shopping again
dec 16 making a list

a bjd advent – dec 12 mail and board games

  • Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm

meg went off the the post office to mail the letters the kids wrote yesterday,
dec 12
while she was there she picked up a load of parcels full of christmas surprises,
dec 12
the kids entertained themselves playing board games

a bjd advent – dec 11 – christmas cards with a purpose

  • Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:54 am

today was a charity day again, a day when the kids focus on giving, rather than what they will get for christmas
dec 11 cards with a purpose
meg ordered cards from a few of her favorite charities as gifts for friends and family.
dec 11 christmas cards with a purpose
the kids had all decided together that they would write encouraging notes to our troops who would be away from their families this year, so they each picked a favorite place to sit and got busy thinking of what to say
dec 11 christmas cards
the girls are writing very sweet letters
dec 11 christmas cards
the boys decided to write their letter together, i think meg better check this one before she sends it!

a bjd advent – dec 7 sledding

  • Posted on December 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

going sledding
going sledding
as a light snow fell meg took eilidh and crystal sledding
cricket sledding
crystal brought her own sled
cricket sledding
cricket sledding
cricket sledding
turns out she needs a lot more practice ! 🙂

a bjd advent – dec 4 the very long day

  • Posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:34 pm

meg had a lot of christmas shopping left to do, so she decided to make a day of it
dec 4
first stop chapters to get books for all the kids, she especially wanted to find a boxed set of the narnia books for eilidh

to pass the time while she was gone, the little girls worked on a giant christmas puzzle
dec 4
koko decided to “help”
dec 4
no no! bad kitty!
dec 4
next stop toysrus, for toys of course
dec 4
dovey pointed out pieces for the other girls to put in. she had a good top view from her chair
dec 4
then she headed over to the fabric store to get material to make christmas aprons
dec 4
as the day passed the puzzle started to come together
dec 4
winners was next – the kids are growing fast and all need new clothes
dec 4
they got farther…
dec 4 at lowes
some of the christmas light strings got broken last year, so she stopped at the hardware store for new ones
dec 4
and farther…
dec 4
more shopping at the craft store to get supplies for the advent crafts, and a few more for stocking stuffers
dec 4
till at last they were done!
dec 4
as the afternoon was ending meg headed to the yarn shop for some last minute christmas knitting
dec 4
they were so excited about finishing that they woke eilidh up from her nap
dec 4
last stop of the day was a store called “destination christmas” for some extra christmas decorations. with the snow starting to fall, meg headed home
dec 4
“megs been gone a very long time, do you think she is ever coming back?”
“i’m sure she will be home soon”
eildih replied
dec 4
just then a voice called out “i’m home!” and in came meg with arms full of bags
dec 4

an advent wreath.. er log

  • Posted on November 30, 2019 at 2:39 pm

the kids are getting very excited for christmas so meg has planned 24 days worth of activities to help them wait. tomorrow is the start of advent so she needed to make an advent wreath so the girls could light the candles (no the boys will not be allowed to help, honestly would any sane person let noah or emrys anywhere NEAR fire?)

i know it supposed to be a circular wreath, but she decided a birch log would make a cool option so here goes…

advent log, determining the length
first lay the candles out to decide how long the log should be

advent log hot glue
before cutting the log i put a couple of rows of hot glue on the bottom and then squished it flat on my silicone sheet, this made it a bit more stable and less likely to roll. i could have cut a piece off the bottom to make it flat instead, but this was easier.

advent log sizing
here are the dimensions we used

advent log, holes drilled
i marked the candle positions with a tiny x, then drilled the holes using progressively bigger drill bits til the hole fit. working up that way helps keep the birch bark from shattering or the log from splitting. the final size for these (birthday) candles was a 7/32 drill bit.
as you can see the candle rolled on me in spite of the hot glue, and the last hole is a bit wonky, but it doesn’t show if i photograph straight on

advent log candles
here it is with the candles. we couldn’t find the traditional purple and pink, so went with white and silver instead, because it looks nice 😉

next i needed to decorate it
advent log decor options
tiny red berries from a potpourri mix, and greenery pulled of a dollar store wreath

advent log done
cut to size, glued on and it’s done

nov 20th

  • Posted on November 22, 2019 at 5:21 pm

as the days get shorter so do the rows
november 20

nov 2

  • Posted on November 3, 2019 at 6:16 pm

november 2
got another row done on the weekend. cooler temps are prevailing.

also wish i had done some kind of mod to indicate snow/rain as we had more of both this weekend!

another row done

  • Posted on October 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

fall is definitely here, we still had a few warmer days, but the nights are staying colder
october 16