Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WIP Wednesday : Gnomes & Ladybugs & School, Oh My!

I am still sorting through photos I haven't been able to upload these past few weeks and came across these small projects for school.



K needed small sized (I mean real small, 10"wide!) place mats for her lunches at school. I really, really wanted to make her cute place mats in Steiner's colors of the days and embroider them with his trees of the days as well. Between me being sick all summer and not having the money to buy fabric I wasn't able to make that happen. So, I instead used some light green fabric from pillowcases I already had and sewed 5 small place mats. I then tried to make them a bit nicer for K and embroidered different ladybugs on each one. The ladybug is her symbol at school as well as at home so she appreciated that.



She also needed extra clothes to keep at school and a bag to keep them in. I made her a simple bag (out of the same pillowcase fabric) to hang on the hook in her locker. Again I thought I would make it a bit more fun and using scrap fabric I sewed on and embroidered another ladybug.



Speaking of school, I wasn't able to post her picture from her first day back in September so here it is. That was just before we walked in. I wanted to get some nice shots of her with the school in the background but we were short on time so that one just had to do.



On our way home from school that day a ladybug found K and rode all the way home with us. Now if that was not a sure sign that we found the perfect place for K, then I don't know what could be!


Before the felting

Lastly, K needed another pair of slippers. She brought her ones from home to school (and they have to stay there all year), so she needed another pair for around the house. I found this cute elf slipper pattern on ravelry and just couldn't pass it by. Thanks to some wonderful random acts of kindness I was gifted with the yarn and the needles to make them.


After the felting (but before a good shaving and de-fuzzing!)

K decided they are gnome slippers instead of elf ones, though.

Happy creating!
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I promised I would let you know... the beautiful dress pattern I tested for my friend Michelle is now available! Visit her blog for all the info.

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35 comments:

momma rae said...

so nice to see photos from your world again, sweet mama! that first day of school pic is priceless as are all the adorable things that made to send along to school with her. i adore those gnome slippers and want a pair for the whole family!! xoxoxoxoxoxo rae

Amanda said...

What lovely pictures! Those gnome slippers are AMAZING!!!

Linda said...

It is so wonderful to visit here again! The little bags you made are amazing and I love the ladybugs you added to them:) Those gnome slippers are just darling, I will have make some soon.
xo
Linda

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

How cute the first day of school picture is. I love all the ladybug sweetness!
And I love that you can be not only my sewing friend, but my embroidery friend too :)
It has been a long time since I have done a WIP Wed. post but I actually kinda did one last night...

Ladybug magic, so special.
XOXO

.::Our Waldorf Home Mama::. said...

OMG the slippers are so freakishly funny yet so adorable! I can see how fun they would be to put on! How cute could they be if you added bells to the ends? They could be Christmas elf shoes----hmmm getting some ideas here!! I hear ya on the being sick thing and not getting any projects done while being on a third pregnancy. Just relish the second tri-- because come third (like I'm in now) you'll be huge and exhausted again :( But nothing is better then holding a sweet new babe in your arms! Good luck!

~Samantha

eidolons said...

Your children are very lucky to have such an amazing mother!

Joy said...

Those slippers are SO stinkin' adorable! Of course, I just finished making slippers for all my boys and Elizabeth's still fit, but I'll have to keep that in my back pocket to make another time. So adorable! As are the ladybugs. What a nice surprise that one found K after her first day. Very sweet!

victoria said...

I love the ladybugs! My nickname growing up was Bug...
And those slippers are awesome!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Oh those slippers are just so sweet - and all the care and love you have put into her school items is so obvious.

Julie said...

The slippers are so adorable ! These would make such sweet Christmas gifts for my girls.

Carrie said...

I love this post! You've made me smile several times...remembering being asked last June, as my middle daughter was preparing to leave nursery to enter Kindergarten, to make replacement drawstring bags for the new nursery children. What a joy to be asked and an honour to think that my handwork is a part of those little ones' days.
And your slippers are beautiful! Much nicer than my daughters' rather ugly, very granny-ish home slippers that I knitted. hee hee
Thanks for sharing!

Prairie Girl said...

Those are the most WONDERFUl slippers! I made a pair for my Little Elf last Christmas and only now is she just starting to grow out of them. I think it has something to do with the added room given by the curled toe.

I love your colour choices - so cute!

Annie said...

Beautiful and inspiring!

Rachel Hauser said...

Seeing the before and after pictures of those felted slippers is so eye-opening. Thanks for that! The finished look is adorable. I'm so impressed.

Amber (woodmouse) said...

Those gnome slippers!!! I've never worn felted wool on my feet, is it slippery on hardwood floors?

Anonymous said...

Oh dear God! Those slippers are freakin cute!!!

Melanie~Our Ash Grove said...

I love the elf slippers!!! My children would love these, especially my 6 year old.
Love the pink dress- it is my 9 year old's favorite shade of pink. Thankfully, she still loves to wear dresses such as that.
<3

Bec said...

You are awesome! The lady bug bag and placemats are very cute and up-cycled too, thats a bonus! I love the little elf/gnome slippers.

Rose said...

AAACK!! Those slippers are TOO CUTE! I need to make those for my girl! Thanks for the link....

karen said...

beautiful, I Love the tiny ladybugs you stitched on her place mats and her new slippers are great!

a little crafty nest said...

I really love visiting here and being inspired with all you do with and for your children. Those slippers...it's been said many times, they are sweet. What caught my eye is the hat your girl is wearing to her first day of school (what can I say, I keep commenting on your hats!). Did you make this...what a terrific Halloween costume for my 2 year old! Wherever might I find a pattern? xo Jules

Four Gambel Girls and a Guy - documenting the adventures we call life said...

The ladybug coincidence ~ amazing. First days of school are harder on mama then the child! Thanks for sharing your projects- they are awesome!

anushka said...

i love those elf shoes! they are wonderful and thank you for the link. i am hoping i have enough yarn leftover from the birthday banner i am making for my son. i love that your daughter has a thing for ladybugs. they're all over germany and it reminds me of my time there as a child.

Patty-Cake Manners said...

Those slippers are precious!!

I've left an award for you on my blog
:)

www.pattycakemanners.blogspot.com

micha said...

The gnome shoes look great!

Sew Many Mamas said...

Love your blog : )

TulsiLeaf said...

How did I miss this?!

I love the pictures.

Beth said...

This post is full of adorableness! I want to make everything! love, Beth

Marina said...

Oh I just LOVE those slippers! Absolutely adorable!

How did K grow up SO fast? She looks gorgeous, my Matteo is a lucky boy :D

This is My Life said...

I love, love those little pointy gnome slippers. Your blog is so much fun. I will keep this on my daily read. So inspiring.

eringoodman said...

so lovely!!! visiting your blog always makes me feel so calm and relaxed.

xo

~erin

ps ~ belated congratulations to you! i was SO excited when i saw your comment on my blog that you are expecting. how wonderful!!!! SO happy for you!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Thank you everyone! (Yep I temporarily have computer access again).

K's toadstool hat is from a pattern in an old issue of Living Crafts. She loves it and I love that I can always find her in a crowd with it on :)

nocton4 said...

great slippers, have made some too x

Earth Mama said...

I LOVE thos elittle elf shoes, they are adorable!

:)Lisa

moment to moment said...

ohh my goodness, how cute those little gnome slippers, what a great idea for christmas gifts..

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