Home school Club- Flower Science

We spent the first half of the summer studying flowers and herbs for  Home school club and the second part of it swimming in the pool, beaching and enjoying the summer sun with friends and family. I didn’t get the chance to blog about our last home school meeting for the summer, so I will now.
In mid July we met at one of our favorite parks and wrapped up our flower study with some science. We talked about the different parts of the flower, how flowers take in food, with the classic “carnation in the food dye” science project and then we let the girls build the parts of a flower with clay.
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A Swap and New Pegs (and a Cat)

I know I say this all the time, but I am always astounded by the kindness and generosity of the blogging/online community I am a part of. I’ve engaged with many people online, made some wonderful, life long kinds of friendships even. I’ve participated in swaps here and there, but each time I do swap with someone, I am always touched by the incredible talent people have and the time and effort they put into their crafts. A couple of months back I saw Yanic’s husband’s gorgeous hand carved Father Christmas / Winter Wizard figurines. I wanted one of my very own, so I offered to buy one. Yanic suggested we swap for goods and of course I was all over it!! I made her a peg doll family and she sent over a whole host of goodies. The incredible Winter Wizard, which now sits in a place of honor in our family room, a gorgeous crocheted dish cloth that’s already getting so much use and some lip balm that Yanic made. Yanic’s sweet daughter also drew Ellie a picture, which Ellie adored (she drew one right back, so mail is headed your way Yanic).
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The whole package was just beautiful and touching, as well as the note she sent with it. I am honored to have a piece of Yanic in my home now. Thank you Yanic!!!
For Yanic’s peg dolls, she requested I do them in their winter gear. I loved the idea and tried my best. I hope she likes them.
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It’s so hard for me to photograph my peg dolls. It’s hard to see all the little bits I’ve painted on. But this photo gives you the gist. They are a cute, winter family (baby complete with paci) ! 😉

As for Peg doll projects for the shop and for special orders, I’ve just finished this “Peg and Cat” doll and mat set. We don’t watch the show so, I had to do a bit of research. They turned out pretty darn cute and the mat was a little different from what I normally do, but it was a joy to make. I’m hoping their recipient loves them as much as Ellie did. Even though she had never seen the show, she asked me for her own Peg and Cat play set.
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The other big project I have been working on is a set of angel peg dolls for a custom order. Each angel represents a holiday.
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And one more Angel for lost pets…
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These were so much fun to come up with and make. I quilted each set of wings and then attached them with a bit of glue. I hope they are well-loved.

I have many more orders I’m working on getting done…. and then I will be making a few pegs for Ellie and her friends before Valentines Day.
What projects are you working on?

A Little Collaboration

My mom is a rag quilter. When she’s not teaching reading and math in the public schools, she’s sewing. She’s made so many beautiful quilts. I’m a very lucky daughter (and my daughter is even luckier). A few months ago my mom was with me in our local, favorite fabric store and we came across adorable mustache man fabric (Les Monsieurs fabric by Michael Miller). The little men looked just like peg dolls. An idea immediately came to mind and we left the store with enough fabric to make two baby/toddler rag quilts. While my mom worked on the quilts, I made some replica mustache men. My mom added a pocket to the quilt, in went my mustache peg man and a crafty collaboration was formed. My mom sold the first quilt and peg dolls as soon as she put it in her shop. This is the second quilt and peg doll set and I had to share it here before it went up in her etsy shop. I just love how it turned out!
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check out my Mom’s shop here! She has this quilts and many more beautiful quilts in her shop (and my shop here, if you are looking for custom peg dolls).

The Knothole Tree

I’ve been pretty busy lately in the creating department. After making Ellie a seasonal spring time play mat, I realized I could be making them for every season and could possibly make them for other people too. I’ve always wanted to open an etsy shop. And since I’ve started painting and doing more crafting, I’ve been working hard to get my own little shop, up and running. It would be so nice to be able to keep making things for Ellie and others and the bit of money I would get by selling online would help make that possible. So, here I go. I opened my very own etsy shop.

It’s called The KNOTHOLE TREE.

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I loved the idea of The Knothole and Boo Radley’s gifts to the children in To Kill A Mockingbird. Ellie’s middle name is Harper, after Harper Lee. I thought it was a perfect little name for a whimsical little shop.

I just finished three play mats. A spring inspired one and two “Frozen-inspired” mats (because  like everyone else in the world, we’ve been bitten by the Frozen bug and I thought some open-ended play mats with hand painted peg people might just be a fun idea).
Here is the spring mat.
spring matIt’s completely hand-sewn and I try to use up-cycled fabrics as well as new cotton and wool felt. This one has batting in the middle and then completed with an up-cycled wool sweater. It was so fun to make. And nice to know I was giving the old sweater a new life.
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And here is one of the Frozen-inspired mats I made (that definitely could double as a winter seasonal mat or even a polar play mat.
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It’s also completely hand-sewn and is backed with an up-cycled chenille blanket. I love those up-cycled fabrics. The dolls were hand painted by me and have been so much fun to make.
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I’m still figuring out the whole peg doll process, but it has been a joy to play around with these little guys and Ellie is having so much fun picking out which ones she wants as part of her collection.

Here is another Frozen inspired mat with more batik cotton.

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The “Frozen-inspired” mats won’t go in the store until next week because I’m still working on finishing up the peg dolls for them. But, my store with also have some softie dolls and animals as well as some of my paintings. I’m nervous about putting myself out there like that but I really enjoy making these wonderful things! Check out my store, if you would like! And stay tuned next week for a giveaway from me to celebrate those 500 posts as well as the opening of my store!