|Re-alphabetized spice cabinet|
|Grain and bean pantry|
Last night was to be the kick-off of our regular Craft Night at a girlfriend's house. She recently got a sewing machine and is excited to work on reconstructing some thrifted clothing. I simply wanted to knit. We were joined by one other friend who is in town for the week and spent most of the evening sipping vino, eating, and chatting. The extent of our "crafting" was an attempt to give my friend a demo on her new sewing machine. Upon closer examination, I realized it was the type of machine I remember using in junior high Home Ec. It's a sturdy machine, but I've been spoiled by my extremely user friendly version. If you'll recall, technical manuals and I don't mix so I referred my friend to her godmother who is scheduled to give her a demo soon. Instead we went over the basic anatomy and physiology of her machine and skimmed the surface of pattern language and symbols. Perhaps as our craft nights develop we'll actually make some progress though sipping wine and catching up with girlfriends isn't a bad way to pass the time either.
On a crafting note, I finally delved into my pile of upcycled materials last weekend and crossed an item off my list. I had a fish bowl full of metal canning lids that are not reusable. As of last year I am using reusable lids so I shouldn't have this stockpile in the future. I'd been wanting to make a "Memory" game--one of my favorites from childhood--though I wasn't sure how I would go about getting two of every image for the game pieces. I wasn't about to hand draw them, though I didn't want to print something from the internet and use up all that colored ink. I finally got the idea--though I cannot for the life of me remember which fellow craft blogger inspired me--to cut out images from magazines or colorful paper. On my craft shelf, I have a stash of interesting pages and papers that I save for bookmaking purposes. I raided this box and found all kinds of cool pieces to use for my game as well as some circles cut out from paperboard food boxes. As long as enough of both images are the same to indicate a match, they don't have to be identical. I used glue to attach them to the indented side of the canning lids and stacked them inside a fancy reusable (plastic) gelato container--a perfect fit. Until Vera understands the concept of "Memory" we can play it as a matching game.
|Colorful "Memory" game pieces|
|Looks like I need a few more pieces to complete the set.|
|Perfect storage container|
|French bread fresh from the oven|
|Vera's alternative Easter basket|
|Cutout bunny on felt board|