Friday was the coldest day we've had in a century, and what did I do? You might think I would stay inside with a cup of hot tea and enjoy the day. You would be wrong. I bundled the kids up, piled them in the car and went in search of lightweight fusible interfacing. And behold . . . I found it. Well, I didn't find it exactly. I found featherweight fusible interfacing and light-to-medium fusible interfacing. Nothing called simply . . . lightweight fusible interfacing. Why would I expect this to be easy? So I stood there like a horse with blinders on as my youngest started throwing everything in our cart onto the ground and my oldest started pulling her favorite fabric bolts off the shelf. Of course, I could have asked someone for their expertise, but that would have been the easy thing to do. Why would I do that when I can blindly choose one on gut instinct and experiment? So after loading the cart up again and putting the bolts back on the shelf . . . the light-to-medium fusible interfacing is in my possession, and I plan to start on crayon roll number two sometime soon.
In the mean time, I am teaching my oldest daughter to use a needle and thread. For Christmas I put together a sewing basket just for her with a variety of age appropriate sewing projects and other sewing items. She's been tinkering with the sewing cards and today we tackled her first project . . . a little coin purse. About 45 seconds into the project she said, "This is hard. My arms are tired." But she persevered - with some prodding, and she did finish it - with some assistance. Then she spent the next thirty minutes turning over every cushion, looking on every shelf, and peering into every bag looking for change to put in said change purse. All she came up with was one lone penny - it was a plastic penny from the toy cash register. Poor kid.
I'd love to know if you have any patterns or suggestions for my next crayon roll. A friend from the past mentioned that she makes her crayon rolls with placemats. She called it the cheater method. Truth be told the cheater method sounds right up my alley.
I try to teach my kids good manners. I'm not sure how successful I've been though. But when I hear them say "please" or "thank you", I know my persistence is paying off. I try to use good manners on my blog too . . . giving credit where credit is due by linking back to projects or ideas from other crafty bloggers. I ask you to do the same. If, in some rare instance, you are inspired enough to blog about something I tried or use an idea you find here, please link back to me (if it's my idea) or the original blogger. Feel free to use my original ideas and tutorials for personal use only (gifts or self) not for profit!