They taste like chalk!" My children weren’t big fans of the little message heart candy that they dribbled all over the "valentine’s cake". I gave them free reign with the decorating of the cake. I frost it and set it down on the kitchen table and walk away. It’s great. So when they started biting in to the hard little candies, they weren’t so excited about their decorating choices. Now we have a valentine’s cake covered in potholes where little fingers have gone around removing the ‘nasty’ candies.
Another valentine gift that didn’t go over so well was the gift I made for Dan. After seeing Blair’s post, it was the push I needed to finally sit down and sew some of these rice bags that I’ve been meaning to make for quite some time.
I told Jennifer that I’d given up sewing for awhile, until life slowed down, but with some of her cute fabric staring at me, a little more time on my hands and some inspiration from Blair, I broke out (my friend’s) sewing machine. (my machine is still out of commission…those darn knits!)
I think the rice bags would have been a hit, had I not gone the extra mile and put a little handful of dried lavender inside each bag. That was the spoiler. I was simply trying to avoid that cooked rice smell. But now, the lavender smell was overpowering to Dan, enough that it sent him to bed clutching his stomach. We slept with a window open, if that tells you anything about how strong he thought the smell was. And I swear, the smell wasn’t that strong, it’s just that I also made a bag for each of the girls, myself and a friend. So I guess that adds up to a lot of lavender. And a whole heck of a lot of rice.
But nevertheless, my girls came through. They love them. We heat them up every night before bed–3 minutes each in the microwave. And they head off to slumberland with toasty warm toes.
(I altered Blair’s pattern a little bit–I made the bag out of muslin and then sewed a separate cover with ties at one end. I figured there would mostly likely be a need to wash them in the future, knowing my children…)
And now that I have my sewing machine out, the requests are flying in from my children. The latest (and one that’s sounds do-able) is a sleep bonnet/cap like Mary and Laura Ingalls wear in Little House on the Prairie. I can’t really find any kind of pattern anywhere. Have any of you made one? I’m thinking just a circle with some elastic sewn in? Is that right? Help?? Anyone?
happy weekend everyone….see you on monday.