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Homemade Monsters

A year or so ago, I made this monster doll / stuffed animal from felt and embroidery floss.  It was very easy to do.  I just looked at her original picture and selected my colors.  Any embroidery was added before I put the back on so that I didn’t have to worry about not going through both layers.  I elected not to stuff the arms and legs and have sort of regretted it ever since.

The scan of the original was enhanced so that you could see the colors better.


Quinn just made this picture and I think it is great.  I was considering making another felt creature or maybe trying to crochet it.  It doesn’t have any arms or legs, so I’m not sure how much she would actually play with it.  Any ideas?

Get well soon


Good times


Goofy boy


Tusker House Dinner

Jude was too busy eating to stop and pose.



Tree of life


Tucked in

This is his first time ever sleeping in a big bed without a grown-up.  Yes, he eventually fell out.  We built this elaborate wall around him on his side so he wouldn’t, but somehow he fell  out on Quinn’s side…


On the road


First stop McDonald’s

The play fridge is done!

Play Fridge Done

This is the used kitchen cabinet that we bought at a Habitat for Humanity Restore.  Here is the post with what it originally looked like.

We applied a couple of 8 1/2 x 11 adhesive magnet sheets (~ $5 delivered from ebay) to the front so that magnets would stick.  We would have preferred magnetic paint, but it seems to run $20 a can, so this was a much cheaper option.  I do have to say that the power of the magnet sheet isn’t great.  One thing to remember is that you are putting up a magnet and not metal, so some magnets that you put on might stick and some might repel, depending on the polarity.  If there is something you really want to use or are making magnets to match, test them first and make sure the “sticky” side is facing out.

The original handle was a little white ceramic circle.  We wanted it to look a little more like a refrigerator handle, so we picked this one up at Lowe’s for $3.

Play Fridge Done

We painted it with some paint that we already had.  It looks nice, but it might scratch off pretty fast.  That’ll be a watch and see.

We saved some plastic foods that the kids would recognize.  I also was on a big crochet kick and crocheted a selection of new things – a couple of eggs (in the carton), a cookie, a jar of peanut butter, a block of tofu and a stalk of celery.  The eggs were the only things that I used a pattern for.  The rest I just made up as I went along.  If you were interested in any of these patterns, I could try to remember what I did.  I’m pretty pleased with the peanut butter jar. I meant to put a label on it, but forgot and then didn’t have enough time.  I think that I would just cut a rectangle of felt and sew on a peanut shape.

Play Fridge Done







The kids really like it.  They loaded it right up with our felt felt food.  Quinn especially liked identifying fruits and veggies for the “Crisper drawer” – which is just a cardboard box covered in paper.

Mom and Dad are on the Road

Let me introduce you to a couple of our travelers.  Mom is a retired nurse.  She has congestive heart failure and uses a chair to get around.  Dad is a retired pipefitter.  He’s a real boot-strapper.  He has no idea that he is nearly 73.

Today is Tuesday.  Just got off of the phone with my mom.  I was a little concerned because she hadn’t been answering the phone and I knew they were supposed to be on the road since yesterday.

She and Dad nearly didn’t leave yesterday because Mom had a “heart issue” that would have required her to go to the ER if her doctor hadn’t been in the office yesterday.  It sounds like it was a fibrillation that she couldn’t get snapped back into the right rhythm.  Finally an ice cold bath did it.  She said that they almost cancelled.  Honestly, no vacation is worth killing yourself over.  They got it straightened out, but they didn’t get on the road yesterday until after 5 pm.  They drove until 3AM and then stopped at a Red Roof Inn (no reservations).

When I talked to her, they were somewhere in Georgia.  I asked them what they were going to do tomorrow (Wednesday).  She mentioned something about how the travel agent said that they should stop by when they get there, even if it is early to get dibbs on the connecting rooms and such.  I was a little confused, since we don’t fly down until Thursday.  She played it off like there was just so much to do that she wasn’t sure what they were going to do.  I’m pretty sure that until that very moment, she thought we were flying down tomorrow.

I supposed the other option is that they made an earlier reservation and for some reason didn’t want us to know…but that seems a little far-fetched.


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