Monday, 11 August 2008

Crafty Mama!

I'm not, by any stretch of the imagination, a crafty Mama and yet this last week or two, I've been feeling inspired to at least try my hand and some craft stuff. It's turned out better than I'd dared to hope so I thought I'd share the fruits of my labours!

After the success of our Lammas loaf a couple of weeks back, we tried our hand at a different shape. Not quite as good but still very tasty:

Then I got the idea to do some crafts from felt. Not felting, that sounds altogether hard, but just making things from felt which sounded just my kind of craft - mainly hand-sewing and not needing any seams or anything. So, I tried my hand at some felt food which seems to be all the rage on the net at the moment, and this is how it came out:

Then, of course, my daughter's teeth started being loose which set me on to the issue of what to do about the Tooth Fairy? We don't really 'do' Father Christmas in our house as we didn't want to tell the children that something was true when it wasn't. We do tell stories about him and have him as mythic character but presents are always exchanged between real people, to give the idea of reciprocity and that it is just as exciting to give presents as to receive them. So, in a similar spirit, I didn't want to have a literal Tooth Fairy, but neither did I want to destroy the magic of childhood or let such an important milestone as lost teeth go by unmarked. So I got the idea to make a Tooth Fairy which my daughter can have in her bedroom and for every tooth she loses, she can choose a beautiful bead or button to sew onto the fairy's wings. That way, each tooth is commemorated and at the end of it all, she'll have a personalised Tooth Fairy to remember it all by. And here is the fairy, though it does look rather more like a butterfly:


Little Grubs said...

I don't know why you think you're not a crafty mama - your creations are gorgeous! The food certainly is all the rage and love the idea of felt because I'm not really in the mood to sit down and learn to knit to make all the knitted food. As for the Tooth Fairy - she is a fantastic idea and so cute too. Hope you don't mind but I may just be 'borrowing' your idea with my girls - long way off yet - but as they say imitation is the best form of flattery ;) x

Laura said...

Lovely toys! You certainly are a crafty mama! :D

Phoebe is totally in love with your tooth fairy! I was having a quick peek at blogs while she played with her Daddy and she caught sight of the picture. She kept coming over and signing 'butterfly' asking to see it and then telling me it had a hat and 'balls' (the circles on the wings). After a few times she started bringing over her toys one by one to kiss the butterfly!
Think i may have to make one myself - any tips?

Laura x

Liz said...

It was quite simple actually! The wings are just 2 pieces off elt, front and back, sewn together with light stuffing and shapes sewn onto them and the body just a tube rolled up and sewn along one edge.
This felt stuff was easier than I'd imagined. If I can do it, anyone can. I can't do the knitting thing. My mum is great knitter and did try several times to teach me but I just can't do it, so this is ideal!

Carolyn said...

I LURVE the food Liz!!!! Excellent!!!
Maybe you have the start of a business from home there? !! ;-) Do you remember the bean frogs we had to make at school? For some reason the felt stuff sparked off a memeory!

Liz said...

Ooh, I just got a flasback of Mrs Greenslade when you mentioned those frogs!!!

I had vaguely wondered if I could maybe sell some felt food, maybe at wahmall. I'd need to think hard about it - whether I've got time, if the amount of money made would actually be worth the effort, and how to price and market things etc... it's a thought though!

arwen_tiw said...

Oh wow those are great. Well done you! :)

Becks said...

Fantastic felty food. How could you think you are not a crafty mama?
And I love the fairy idea. So with you on the father christmas thing. So difficult to break the "lie" once the children reach a certain age.