We repurposed a vintage wooden puzzle with some missing pieces into a rearrangeable magnetic diorama for the fridge — gluing some magnets on the backs of the pieces. It took a few minutes and turned out to be a lot of fun to play with. Details at Windy.
We've been doing mostly unstructured making and drawing lately, but we got ambitious yesterday and made a stuffy out of one of auggie's drawings (a truck). I put up a quick & dirty tutorial on Windy.
^ We took a picture to text to his dad and he said, "Like this, I'm showing my hand." It works out well in a way, because I'm on the fence about putting pictures of him on here now that he's older. I've been taking less pictures, too, because I want us to be in the moments and he's moving faster now — it's hard to keep up and take pictures at the same time.
A couple of years ago I bought a little pattern for a turtle pincushion off of etsy when I was looking for some fabric. My making time has really dwindled recently — I have to focus more on drawing right now. When my son was a baby, the only things I could make easily near him were knitting and hand-sewing. Having a sewing machine, pins and iron out was too much trouble. Now, it's opposite. I don't have the time to knit, and if I have a spare hour in the week to make something I need it to be efficient. I need a machine! Anyway, I tried out this turtle for a birthday present. I used muslin lining instead of interfacing to keep it soft, and I used velvet for the body (which is really hard to keep straight, but feels nice). My auggie, who is now 3 1/2 and whose interests are: trucks, cars, emergency vehicles, lego (and now skateboards) surprised me by asking for one of these. He's asked 4 times. It's partly the velvet, I think. I was going to use one of his dad's old shirts instead of the flower fabric, but he really wants the flowers, so I'll try to do another one if I can soon.
I took Auggie birthday party shopping a couple of days ago at collage collage. He picked out this wooden snake as a present and asked to paint it for his friend. We used the leftover paint from the banquet snake. Then he made up meanings for all the colours for his friend. These are the meanings: yellow means the sun will be out; blue means there will be a blue sky, green means it is summer because there is green grass in the park and brown means there are cars and trucks outside. (I don't remember what red and gold mean because I didn't write them down right away.)
I've had a banquet sew-a-snake-kit in my sewing box for almost 2 years and this Christmas was the right time to make it. The scarf I was knitting for my son wasn't working out and I like to give one homemade thing — I was so excited when I found this in my sewing kit. I used all his favourite colours: orange, yellow, gold, brown, purple and navy. This year will be the year of the snake...the forecast is calm and bright (also kind of sexy — that was right in the forecast) but we have to wait until February. I'd quite like to convert from Christmas to lunar new year. I'm not sure Christmas really works in a rainforest climate.
This snake looked so pretty under the tree. I overheard Auggie showing it around his room. Then he gently broke the news to the snake that he preferred his new Brüder garbage truck (to the snake) and comforted it with a dish of water and the promise of a trip to the garbage dump. If you make homemade gifts, that might make you laugh :)
ETA: If you are building forts, this snake is a very useful companion and fits in all the tight corners that need defending.
ETA more: A few weeks after I made him this snake, he decided to make one for a friend — so he passed it on.