Saturday, August 21, 2010

Specky has arrived!

Specky arrived this afternoon with a parcel and he wedged himself through the window to deliver it! My youngest son helped retrieve the package and we have watered and fed Specky and he's resting now with Fle before heading back to Lizzie.

This is what I saw when I opened the kit and I knew right away it was game themed! Oh, MY what fun it was to individually unwrap each item. It was Christmas to me with excitement and oohs and aahhs from both myself and my son!

Here is what the kit contained. From back left corner, clockwise to front left corner: A Harry Potter tin with 6 dice and a small packet for playing Yahtzee (I really like playing by myself, even though it's not a solitaire game) and it was packaged perfectly for traveling!; pick up sticks; knitting sticks (so I decided I have pick up sticks to play AND pick up sticks to knit! lol); fabric rear view mirror dice; Harry Potter Diagon Alley game cards (I can't wait to play! I love these because they cannot be found here at all); jelly beans and hot chocolate; handmade dice stitch markers (SO cute!); purple No Tickle (hee-hee) wool (absolutely PERFECT for me in more ways than one ... color and no itch!) and thread to reinforce the heels and toes of future socks; a magnetic travel chess game; wooden solitaire game; and LAST, but CERTAINLY not least ... PASS THE PIGS! How cute are they???????!!!!! (I love this game!)

Close up of the very beautiful and soft yarn and stitch markers.

My son and I decided they needed to have names. I have lovingly named them Lizzie and Emma, the Pigworthy twins! I SO love these! Thank you, Lizzie, from the bottom of my heart!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hogwarts Stitch Markers

My husband so graciously bought me a couple packages of Shrinky Dink "paper" to be used in our printer. I finally decided what I wanted to make and came up with these designs. Two Hogwarts' crests, a crest for each of the houses as well as Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. I miscalculated my first few sheets, so I have several of the bigger "charms" ready for zipper pulls and key chains.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

HLBoE - Divination extra credit

This is a little bag I have constructed for my daughter to use for dance class, specifically ballet class. She can carry her ballet shoes and her bun materials.

This project was made for divination class as a prediction my daughter will become the professional ballerina she so desires to be. The material used on the outside has ballet terms written on it, and the inside lining are pretty pink flowers. Pink is her favorite color.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Scottish Shortbread and Kit Progress

This morning I made Scottish Shortbread. I love the smell it has left in our home. My sister made some for me for Christmas a year or so ago and I've really been wanting to make some since. I didn't have her recipe, so I used one I found in my Betty Crocker cookbook. I had to add a whole lot more butter to it and it still was very crumbly. I'm not totally sure how it's going to come out.

On a good note, I finished my handmade item for Emma Wigworthy (Ann Kingstone) yesterday and I'm very pleased with the final product. I was not, however, pleased with the pattern as the person who wrote it didn't do her math very well and I was short on materials and had to fudge it a bit. I did make corrections to my copy of the pattern, though, and want to try to make this again for someone else. It's a great idea, just needed some fine tuning.

I also want to make one more item for Emma's kit before sending it out. Need to do a bit of digging, first, though, to make sure I have the right house!