I had a little surprise ….

….for a Lady that has been in our life nearly every day, ever since we have moved to South Carolina.

She comes when it’s pouring, blowing or scorching heat. She brings our mail and sometimes some heavy packages.

She is such a sweet Lady. Usually around Christmas time I leave her a small something in the mailbox. Either a card, or some candy or gingerbread from Germany.

This year I had something else in mind.

So I contacted my wonderful creative miniature clay artist and asked if she could make me a little something for a mouse.  She was all in and started working on some mail.

This is what I had in my mail a little bit later. Funny, now that I think of it, my mail lady was delivering her mail for her mail mouse.

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I still had a styrofoam heart wreath, so I covered that with some red knit and went on  to knit a little mouse.

I did a search online to see how the mail gets carried around in the US. So I found a picture of a mail carrier bag and did my best to make a replica of it for my little grey fellow.

And this is the end result. po

Ok, that  was a go.

Now on to attach the mouse to the wreath and figure out where and how to attach the bag to the mouse. postman

I tried a few different places, but was most happy with this one. And then came the fun part.

Spreading all the mail over the wreath.

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Well, as I said in the beginning, it was going to be a Christmas present. But it is really difficult for me to hold on to something that I specially made for a person.  I just want to give it to them right then.

I held on to it for a few days, but today she parked her mail car in our driveway. I knew she was coming out with a package, so I walked towards her took our mail and a few packages and asked her to wait. So I ran back inside and gave her the wreath.

“oh thank you, you just made my day! This is so cute”  “Thank you” I said and “Merry Christmas, but I just couldn’t wait”

That made my day and satisfied this little crafters soul.

it would help to know my Physics….

So the last thing you saw was this

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I think by now it’s safe to say that this will be a wreath with two trees, some sky and grass.

I then made a hammock, that I attached to the tree trunks. And went on to making the mouse and the accessories. I had to wait for the feedback from my kiddo on the teachers eyes. I like making my mice personal.

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The hammock looked pretty comfy to me. I am one to spend a lot of time in my own hammock, enjoying the sounds of nature, soaking up the sun or reading a good book. Or sometimes just taking a nap.

What I didn’t take in account that the mouse would not have the same weight distribution as I did.

After I had finished up the mouse I sewed it to the hammock and picked the wreath up on it’s hanger.

Guess what???

Yes, the mouse did a flip and was hanging belly down!!! Sorry, I have no picture of that. I was just too frustrated with myself. Why didn’t it dawn on me, that the lightweight hammock would not hold the “heavy” mouse.

I had to ponder on that for a little and tried a few options.

I finally managed to find one that wouldn’t look too funny and awkward.

This morning I printed out some book covers and cut out little book pages and sewed the books together. I then glued them to the wreath.Hammock5

Attached my little tag and wrapped it up. Sat the kiddo down to write a little note for the teacher as soon we got back from School.

I hope the teacher gets to enjoy her Summer Break with some good books in a hammock.

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lots of green

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Over the last few days I worked with a lot of browns and greens, to add more definition to this wreath.

This is how it looks like, at the moment. ham4

I am not quite sure if I want to fill in some more leaves and leave the roots as they are.

In the meantime I will start on my mouse and on something else that will be added to this wreath. As well as some accessories that I still have to get started on. The good thing is, that it doesn’t have to be ready until the last day of School, so I have a little time to experiment and see how it is coming together and what I like best.

At the same time my yard is calling me, we need to get things planted, some bushes and grasses so our sand / yard doesn’t get washed away. But I am waiting on the people from 811 to spray their orange color so I know where the lines are, they are taking their sweet time though.

and then there was this…..what will this be?

while I was at it……  I mean, while I had my mouse supply out I figured it wouldn’t hurt to start on my youngest teacher gift, for the end of the year. Just finished the music teachers gift yesterday.

These are the wreaths I made last year for the teachers.

After my kiddo has the same teacher she had last year, I have to come up with something different.

She did love her wreath though and had it out in the hall as deco for a while.

 

So I found this ham2

and then I added a little bit of this

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The end product for today is this

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I still have to figure out how to add a few distinctive things, to make it more 3 dimensional, but that will happen the next few days.

At the same time I have to start on a mouse that will go on this wreath.

What do you think this will be?

 

 

the little virtuous

Oh my, I have been pushing the envelope on this one. I was procrastinating until the last minute.

My youngest started playing the violin around October last year. And in April they had their Spring concert, which was pretty good.  They had only been playing since 5 months and they played us the “Can Can” and “We will rock you”.

After this was the last year in Elementary School, I thought the wonderful music teacher would need a special “thank you gift”. So I put on my thinking cap. Contacted my miniature clay artist with a request for a violin.

I had it in my head for quite a while and I knew that the last lesson would be this Friday. Yesterday I finally started on the mouse. Just to get sidetracked this morning by my friend, who asked me to hang out with her a little bit. So I did, which I enjoyed. But I had to get back and finish my musician. I was expecting the violin late this afternoon in the mail.

So when the mail lady came in our street and stopped at our mailbox and unbuckled I was happy because I knew it had made it.

By this time my mouse was all knitted,  had all ears and eyes as well as the tail.

I am a little unhappy with my hot glue skills on this project. Guess I have to practice a little bit more.

This is the finished project for the Violin Teacher:

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It is all wrapped up and ready to be taken to School tomorrow. I sure hope the teacher will like the little virtuous.

so many socks

I have been knitting quite a few socks since before Christmas. My friend and her family in Germany always expect at least one pair per person in their Christmas gift. So around October I start getting my DPN’s (double pointed needles) out. Believe me I have quite a few.  And start sorting through my sock yarn, to see if I have enough left overs to get some socks together. Often I just use a whole bunch of rest pieces and make a colorful pair. They don’t mind if they are not matching. Then I go to my favorite yarn page and order a few skeins to make some special ones as well.  If you follow me on FB then you might have seen a pair or two that I have shared there.

I had some requests as well and ordered some more sock yarn,

and made some beauties like these.

A few weeks back I stumbled over a pattern that I really liked and made me think of my friend in Germany.

The pattern is called Yinyang Kitty Ankle sock and you can find it on Ravelry ( a knitting and crocheting community, with lots of free patterns and fun friends).

I made a pair and showed it to my friend “of course I would love a pair”. Said and done. Knitted two pairs and sent one off to Germany. The other one is in my Etsy shop

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While I was trying to finish my own ankle socks for the warmer weather knitted from Bamboo yarn my daughter requested a pair of kitty socks as well. And I am working on an order for cat socks at the same time.

This is how it looks when you have too many socks going and only one set of hands to work a sock. toso

So my plan for today is to finish the blue sock, it is close to the toe and then it goes pretty quick because every other row you decrease. Then I will finish the brown sock, daughter has smaller feet than I do and it’s already the second sock. The gray sock pair will be my weekend work. We are expecting colder weather (like yucky sleet or cold rain), after we had a nice stretch of 70’s and 80’s already, so I will enjoy my couch with some nice warm yarn and creat some socks.

I hope you have some wonderful plans for your weekend!

another mouse in a new home

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Just wanted to share with you my little gift to my clay lady.

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I am sorry that I did not get back into my routine of writing. I am still scattered in my thoughts and my life.

I thought taking a time out before Christmas and the New Year would give me a fresh wind and a few new ideas. None of that happened. I kind of spiraled down the other end. I am still creating, but more for myself, my family and immediate friends. I find myself grabbing my sock needles and starting one sock after the other. Just sent another pair to my friend in Germany, which I know will be greatly appreciated.

Why is it that I have my brain full of thoughts and things and I can’t quiet them down enough to create something new?

I have found out that it is really hard for my to just relax and just be. Meditating which I really want to try is proving to me to be  a real steep hill to climb. Just simple exercises seem to be undo able to me at the moment. I am just to tense, tightly wound like a clock spring. I know that this is also the reason for some of my health hiccups. But trying not to be so tens and relax is easier said than done. But I am working on it.

I did enjoy a good half an hour in my hammock the other day when it was nice and sunny outside. Just laying in it and looking at the clouds passing by without feeling guilty that I am not “doing” anything.

I kind of feel like I have lost my direction, my sense of where I am going. I am not actively searching for anything, just floating along.

Pretty sure I will find what ever it is that will get me creating again. I just have to be patient and walk what ever path I have to walk on right now. I didn’t lose hope and that’s a good thing, but it’s often buried under a big pile of crap and it’s tough to dig yourself out under it. Luckily I have a lot of dear friends near and far that have an open ear for me.

 

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I can’t believe that we are already at the end of January of 2017, where did the last 4 weeks go?