We love to get craft books from the library, and last week we got an especially good one. Lincoln and Audrey have been pouring over it, so much so that I have only caught glimpses of the crafts while Audrey "reads" it to me. The first inspired project was the flower garden in the 2nd picture above; I drew the flowers, Lincoln cut, and Audrey glued. We cut down the snow storm in the play room, then hung the garden to welcome Spring.
The next day we switched to paint. We intended to draw butterflies, but decided that it would be better just to paint and cut out butterflies from the painted paper later. That suited my little artists just fine, and now we have yards of beautiful, pastel colored paper to cut and paste.
When the kids are sleeping or otherwise occupied I have managed to slip in a little crafting of my own. I decided a few months ago that I wanted to make a quilt. I really had no idea what that meant other than some sewing and pretty fabric, so I consulted Wes's Granny, a quilt-making expert. She gave me a few priceless tips and even gifted me with a quilt frame, which doubles as a jungle gym when not in use. (Granny and her daughter, Wes's Aunt Alice, are my crafting Fairy Godmothers. They have gifted me with enough fabric, yarn, needles, and the like to keep me busy for years. I couldn't be more grateful to them!)
Right around the time I decided to make a quilt, my sister-in-law mentioned that she could not find a comforter for my niece in her favorite colors - yellow and orange. That was the spark. The next thing I knew I was picking out fabrics and Presley's quilt was in the works. It is nothing too fancy, just squares (and uneven ones at that), but I have had fun and learned so much while working on it. It will not be my last quilt.
I have also been knitting. I love to knit. Above is the second take on a seed stitch tie for Lincoln. It is a quick knit, but I am still a novice knitter and not terribly fast. I plan to have it finished in time for him to wear it on Easter. After that comes off the needles I am going to start the sweater I promised Lincoln months ago, and then a sweater for me. Not to mention all the sewing I have planned. Yes, I have plenty to do while I wait out the weather.