4/8/20

Felt Applique Easter Egg Wreath

When I shared the felt applique bunny last week, I mentioned that it was inspired by the Easter egg wreath I was making. I've finished it and it came out even better than I'd hoped! 


The wreath was part of a kit (affiliate link here and below) that included the felt (I had to cut out all the pieces), the embroidery floss, the sequins, the beads, two needles, and the interfacing that serves as the base of the wreath. The only material I needed that wasn't included in the kit was the Poly-fil. I started out by following the directions closely, but as I got the hang of it, I veered off in my own direction. While my wreath looks similar to the photograph on the front of the kit, you can spot plenty of places where I changed up the colors or patterns on the decorated eggs. 

While there was a bit of a learning curve, overall this was a fairly easy project. I would recommend it to anyone age 9-plus. (If you're quite a distance on the 'plus' side of 9 like I am, I HIGHLY recommend this magnifying lamp for threading the itty-bitty beading needle.) Once I learned the basics, it was very relaxing to sew each egg. 

Now that I've dipped my toe into the world of felt applique, I am dying to start another project! I particularly would like to do other seasonal wreaths so that when I take down the Easter wreath, there's another to go in its place. I'm going to do at least two more kits before I even think about designing my own felt applique project. These are the ones I'm considering doing next: 


I'm also strongly considering this beautiful advent calendar. What do you think I should do next? Any of the designs jump out at you? 

4/7/20

Tuesday Lunch at the Segundo DC

During Trevor's Thanksgiving break, I took him to lunch at the Segundo Dining Commons. That's where I ate three meals a day during my time in the dorms at UC Davis. Actually, they've built a new facility and gussied up the place since my days there from 1990-1992. But it still brought back so many good memories. 

For Trevor, it was the chance to see a bit about what dorm life is like. The DC was not at all what he'd expected; the number of choices, the quality and variety of food, the options for restricted diets, and the sheer size of the facility all exceeded his expectations. He said he would be very happy to eat three meals a day there once he starts college! 

We had plans to meet friends and eat in the Tercero Dining Commons on campus (where Steve ate during his time in the dorms) but COVID-19 interfered and we had to cancel. We'll make it there eventually.   

Tuesday Lunch at Segundo DC (affiliate link)

Most of the stickers on this layout come from a football collection, of all things. I've been challenging myself to use (or give away) neglected supplies and I'm pleased with myself for using football-themed product on a page that has nothing to do with sports. 

4/6/20

Ice Cream Cone Name Art

Today's project combines two things I love: name art and ice cream. Pair this craft with homemade ice cream. May I suggest lazzberry? It is sooooo good!



Ice Cream Name Art


Materials:

  • 9" x 12" construction paper 
  • pencil
  • markers
  • scissors

Steps: 


Orient a sheet of white construction paper vertically. LIGHTLY write your name vertically in bubble letters with the first letter almost touching the top of the paper. Adjust each letter until it is practically round. You should still be able to make out each letter, but they should just look like ice cream scoops at first glance. Now, draw a triangle-shaped cone underneath the final letter of your name.

Color each letter to resemble a different flavor of ice cream. Notice the way I used a big chocolate chip as the D in my name. Color the cone light brown, then draw diagonal lines in a darker shade of brown to create the texture of the cone. 

Finally, cut around the outside of the cone. If your name is short, you can probably hold the cone upright without the paper buckling. If your name is long and the paper wants to flop over, glue a skewer or straw to the back to add rigidity. Enjoy!

4/3/20

A Day in the Life of Trouble deRosier (Bunny Week 2020, Day 5)

The last time I documented a day in the life of Trouble deRosier was way back in 2014 when he was a much younger bunny. Quite a few things have changed since then, so I wanted to do an update.

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Trouble's morning begins around 5:45 am, when I open the door to his cage. He hops out onto the carpet (we've added carpet to cover much of the hardwood floor as he's aged) and puts his chin down near my hand, asking to be petted. When I've groomed him sufficiently, he'll return the favor by licking my hand. He hops back into his cage and looks up expectantly, waiting for me to hand-feed him some pellets. I add a few more pellets (less than 1/4 c. total) to his dish and give him fresh water.


I head upstairs to my computer to start work. Sometimes Trouble follows me, sometimes he doesn't. On this particular morning (Monday 3/31), he didn't. Instead, he relaxed in his cage and played with his toys. 

Trouble has trained Steve to give him a piece of Shredded Wheat each morning. When Trevor or I go in the kitchen and get out cereal, nothing happens. When Steve gets out cereal, Trouble is there like a shot.  


With a full tummy, Trouble headed to his pear box for a quick snooze. 


About 30 minutes later, he was back in his cage eating breakfast. 


He came out of his cage and put his chin down for grooming. I took his picture instead (fully intending to groom him after snapping a quick photo)....


... but I wasn't quick enough. Trouble was offended by the fact that I ignore his request (demand) and hopped two feet away, then slowly and deliberately turned his back to me, watching me the whole time to make sure I knew how offensive I'd been. 


Of course, I apologized right away (after snapping that photo) and petted him until he forgave me. Steve walked by on his way to the kitchen, passing by the piano. That's where we keep the Healthy Snacker sampler set (affiliate link) that Steve bought Trouble for Christmas. Trouble darted away from me and started circling around Steve, begging for a snacker. 


Despite living with us for 9 years (during which time we have NEVER taken a treat away from him after giving it to him), Trouble still darts away with his Snacker.


I headed back upstairs. Trouble moved to the rug at the foot of the stairs, watched Steve go back to his office, and then looked over at Trevor doing schoolwork in the family room. He played in his Cottontail Cottage for awhile, then made a stop at the Hay Buffet, and visited the litterbox. 


Around 9:30, Trouble joined me upstairs. 


He spent some time playing in the master bedroom (allowed) and then snuck into the craft room (not allowed) before settling down beneath my office chair. Most mornings he does Predator Evasion Practice around this time, repeatedly zooming back and forth from under our bed, down the hall, then under Trevor's bed. As a prey animal, it's important to keep your escape skills sharp. 


When Trouble is under my chair and wants my attention, he'll nose-bonk against my leg. I give him a scritch and that's usually good. But if I haven't gotten the correct message, or did an insufficient job petting him, he'll give a sharp tug on my pant leg. It's hard to ignore.   

By the time I was ready for lunch, Trouble had moved under the folding chair which is now permanently next to my desk. The first time I put it there so Trevor and I could work together on something on my computer, Trouble made it clear that this was his new favorite nap location. And so it stays.  


When I checked on him after lunch and PE (the three of us do a daily walk together after lunch now as part of Trevor's distance learning), Trouble was completely zonked. 


As I went about my afternoon in and out of the craft room, up and down the stairs doing laundry, and in and out the back door to do some gardening, Trouble stayed upstairs under my desk dozing. 

I picked greens (carrot tops, dandelion leaves and flowers, beet greens, and mint) and scattered them throughout Trouble's cage. I used to put his greens in his food dish, but a few years ago I learned it is best to let rabbits use their foraging skills. So now I tuck greens in and around his toys so that he can discover them. 


By 7:45 pm, Trouble was ready for playtime. Here, he's trying to get me to play catch with him with his beloved Spool. It is one of his very favorite toys. (And yes, I did put down the camera and play with him.)


Trouble stayed upstairs until around 8:00 pm. There he is on the landing.


Hi, Trouble!


Around 8:30, I cleaned his litterbox, refreshed his water, and gave him his nightly banana ration (one very thin slice), which is one of his favorite treats. He hopped into his cage and immediately started foraging for his greens. Dandelions are his favorites, followed by carrot tops. He always eats those first. I locked Trouble in his cage and wished good night to the best bunny ever. 

4/2/20

Bunny in a Box (Bunny Week 2020, Day 4)

Cats are famous for their love of boxes. If they can possibly squeeze themselves into a box, they will. Rabbits are the same. Leave out a box, particularly one with a 'roof' on it, and there will be a bunny in that box in no time. 

Bunny in a Box (affiliate link)

When we're not sure where Trouble is, the first thing we do is check all the boxes. If he's not out and about getting into things or hanging out with the family, that's usually where he is. Rabbits are awesome.