Monday, January 7

Back in the Saddle

Life seems to have transitioned back to normal. The house is back in order. My back has mostly healed (I didn't mention it but I pulled something in my back and it's taken a good 2 weeks to recover). We're very close to resuming our homeschooling schedule. And I'm getting back to crafting.

I don't have much to show for my return to crafting just yet. I dyed 5 yards of felt over the weekend though. And I have a pile of wrapped bendy doll bodies whom I will be working on finishing over the next few days.

I've also been on a mission to shrink up any of the new felt yardage that's made it way into my stash recently. And then I did something stupid. I forgot what led to the last time I had to make a new cover for my ironing board. Red felt. And since I forgot, I did it again.

You see, when I shrink felt (which makes it much thicker and nicer!) I wet it and toss it into the dryer. I don't dry it all the way. I take it out when it's still damp and then iron it smooth again, which dries it almost completely. Wet red felt = a big red stain on the pretty ironing board cover. As soon as I did it I remembered that I had done this before!

On another note, I think I've mentioned my odd little book collection here before. I love books that have dolls who are alive as the main characters. Not creepy, spooky dolls-more along the lines of Raggedy Ann, Hitty, etc.

About a week ago Isabelle and I went to the bookstore. We were browsing the children's books and this book caught my attention. It was on the shelf with its cover facing out and I suspected it might just be my kind of book. Well I read it last night and absolutely loved it!! So much that I actually cried more than once while reading it. If you get a chance, I highly recommend The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I plan to start reading it to the children tonight.


Storybook Woods said...

I have been wondering about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I am glad you hear you liked it. I will check it out. Clarice

Tiarnna said...

So how long did it take you to wrap all those bendies? Cause the ONE I did seemed to take ages. LOL

Bummer on your ironing board cover!!! Can you get a dye remover additive of some sort for the washing machine? Its like a little pouch or something you just toss in.

wool food mama said...

Your felt looks marvelous. I *just* put in a 10 yard order (gulp) and can't hardly wait for it to get here.


Jennie said...

I too like books with dolls as the main characters. Do you have E.J Taylors 'Ivy Cottage' books? I think the book you mention looks really sad and wonder if I will make it through without crying too much! I've added it to my amazon wish list!

Lynette Anderson said...

How wonderful that you homeschool, your kids are very lucky, its something I have often considered but never felt that I was disciplined enough or that I had the correct knowledge to be of any use to my kids. Well done you.
The bendy people look very cute at the naked stage!

Storybook Woods said...

Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes!
Auberne' Ancalimon

Dees said...

Thank you for sharing that book with us,I love it!!!and also I would like to say thanks for sharing your tips on the felting!Hope your back is healing and you are back to your old sweet self again fast!xoxo

~Quasimodo~ said...

Awww Danielle.....I know I'm coming by late, but are you feeling any better? D'oh! I hate when I make the same mistake twice!