It's hot today...abnormally hot for our area.
I've been several hot places where high temperatures seem normal (Arizona, Texas, Israel) and when it goes that way here it really causes a stir!
The dog I'm dogsitting is a Samoyed and, though he got a summer haircut, he's still so furry I brought him in during our three hottest days to sit in front of the air conditioner.
All this and yet I feel inspired to make things out of really fuzzy material. We'll blame that lapse in judgement on the heat.
I finished up a play tea set with cookies and tea bags for my friend's little girl. I've seen this kind of thing around and decided I wanted to try it - I mean they are just so cute! I used real cookie cutters to trace the "cookie" part and I freehanded the "frosting." The "sprinkles" are embroidery floss.
For the tea bags I drew my shape on a piece of paper, cut it out, and used that as a pattern. I stuffed them with some polyfill I found in one of my craft drawers and finished them off with two styles of tags to indicate the "kind" of tea. Personally "heart tea" doesn't sound like something I would drink but it's cute for little girls, right?
Missie has a couple of cute tutorials for M&M cookies and tea bags.
I've also seen plenty of needle books floating around on blogs as well as etsy and I wanted to try my hand at that as well.
I made this tag-style cutie using the instructions from Wool Felt Central even though I didn't use wool felt - don't tell them! It was easy and quick - I finished it in an evening - and I love how it looks!
The other needle book I made I based on designs I've seen that makes them more "book like" in that they have "pages." It was way harder than I thought it was going to be but I blame that on my newbie sewing skills.
Even if it's not perfect at least it's still cute.
And let's not forget the snowflake garland I just completed for Christmas in July and the mini-cake I made for the Mad Tea Party.
Felt and sewing...things I just never saw myself doing...especially in this weather!