We have made some pretty heady progress on the farmyard today. All of the canvas is covered and Henry has made the initial layout of the bushes. I have almost completed the farmer and two friends are making a piece each. One will make the momma and the other a child. Henry and I decided that I will construct the house out of that plastic canvas stuff and cover it with fabric. I will make it hollow so that the hay bales, people, animals and misc can be stored inside. It is going to be so cute and soooo hard to part with!
Today was craftapalooza at our house…..so named because I had five extra girls and one mom at my house to make valentines. Yes, you heard me right, I had a total of 7 girls 5-9 and another mom and Henry at my house today. The picture to the left and the picture below show my dining room table covered in the various and sundry items used in making the valentines. The girls all go to a school where they are to make the valentines…no store bought crap for this crew. So, I felt like we would take the opportunity to get a jump on the Valentine making since I had to keep two of the girls today anyway. The girls had a blast. Besides the Valentine making, the girls helped make pompoms for the knitted farmyard as evidenced later in the post. They had more fun making them for themselves, but I did get a few out of them for the farm. They also had lunch, hid in the back bedroom and whispered, ran around like nut cases and had various little girl dramas all day. All in all, it was a lot of fun.
This is the photo of our dinner. I made homemade French Onion soup and used my homemade bread for the toast layer. Mycah had two bowls, so did Henry. Grey had a bowl and a half. It was a big, big hit. Henry was a little suspect of the idea of French Onion soup. He likes it, but everywhere we have the soup it is way too salty. I knew his objection because I have the same one, so Mycah and I both tasted the soup BEFORE adding salt and then added a little at a time until it was perfect. Henry had bought me these little crocks the other day when I mentioned for the second time that I sure would like to have them. The girls loved having their own crock with a lid and everything. I used the Mark Bittman recipe out of How to Cook Everything. Lori turned me on to him a few months back and I bought his book. It is great. The recipes are really good and he discusses substitutions for seasonality, explains lots of things I had not know and give lots of variations for most of the recipes. i also bought How to Cook Everything Vegetarian based on my happiness with the other book and it is a winner too.
These last two photos show the progress on the knitted farmyard. Henry made the little hay bales for the field of hay. I love them. I have pinned down the additional fabric for the hay and the grass. The blank spot will be the only latch hooked area as latch hooking doesn’t agree with me. The pompoms are little bushes. They are not sewn down yet. That will be one of my last things. I have made one chicken and am still working of the dad. The knitting part of the knitting farmyard should be the easiest for me, but it has turned out to be the slowest and most fiddley. It’s well on its way to being completed, so I will soldier on.
Have a great, crafty evening and love to my family across the pond, in the burbs, on the ridge and in the hills of GA!
Henry and I have made a good deal of progress on the play mat portion of the Knitted Farmyard, but not much on the actual animals and such. I need to get on the stick and let the other moms know what is needed. I think we will have to make a less ambitious farm. I am thinking we will have 4 or 5 hens, a pig, a horse, a cow and a donkey. We will have the house, the mom and dad and a baby, but probably not any other children. We will also have hay bales and cabbages in the fields. I think the farm should still be a pretty nice set. I just need to limit exactly how much we need as we only have one month to complete it. We have discovered that the pompom make makes amazing bushes and trees. This saves us from having to latch hook and sculpt a bunch of places and our girls LOVE to make pompoms. Here is an updated photo…..
We have a snow day tomorrow, so we plan on staying home and getting a lot done on this guy. Also, I have learned to crochet little hearts. I am making a ton for the girls to use on their handmade valentines for their classmates. I am very proud of my meager crocheting and the girls seem pleased. I think they will work on valentines this weekend as well. They have friends coming over on Saturday and it seems like a great thing to keep all of them busy while getting something done that has to be done anyway.
In August our girls started a new school. The school is a small private Waldorf school. (for those interested in learning a little more, here is a Wikipedia reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education ) There is a lot more to Waldorf education than a Wiki reference, but you get the picture. Anyway, it is a very small school, only one class per grade in grades 1-8 and two mixed age classes of pre-school and kindergarteners. The school does a lot of community outreach in order to keep things going as the tuition alone would not float the school. There are two big fundraisers every year. The first is the Elves Fair in November and the second is the Gala in the spring. Part of the Gala is an auction……….I’m sure you can see where this is going……
I have decided to make a knitted farmyard inspired by Wernhard Hannelore. Her book is here on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1844482170/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0855325763&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0SERHA50EK428SZ5JS6D
I say inspired because since I really got to looking at the book, I thought that the author had lost her mind. The entire play mat is made on a base of latch hook rug canvas. It is hooked and embroidered into the rug. I had Henry draw out the portions I thought I’d like to have and then we sat down to watch a movie with the girls while I started the embroidery on the pond. I worked for an hour and then Henry worked for the second hour with very little to show for the time invested. I was getting vey discouraged when henry said….how about cutting up some Goodwill sweaters. EUREKA! I went to Goodwill yesterday and scored some great fabric that had no business being worn in the style in which they were made….so no great fashion has been harmed in the making of this object. I have started piecing together the different sweater fabrics. I will still have to latch hook bushes and maybe a field, but most of this will be a lot less labor intensive than I first planned. The part that will be challenging is getting enough various little animals and people made. I have several friends at school who have volunteered to knit something and one friend had volunteered to needle felt some animals for the farmyard. I think the mixture of fiber crafts will make this project even more interesting than I originally thought. I hope that it brings in some money for the school as well. I plan to keep you updated for the next month on it’s progress…it should be interesting.