Sunday, March 30, 2014

Felt Fox DIY

Crafts are always fun. But it takes two to turn a craft day into a party and i'm glad i've found the perfect partner in crime for that. 
As soon as Mon and I visited an art supply store together (and ooh-ed and aah-ed at just about everything inside) - it was clear that we needed a craft day. We decided to make felt plushies, packed materials, bought somehow healthy snacks and made it official: Saturday is craft day.

We made homemade lemonade, munched yoghurt rice cakes and chocolate and listened to Emancipator while cutting out paper stencils, threading needles and stitching felt pieces together. Craft days are definitely my new favourite thing.

Making a fox plushie out of felt is super easy and super fun on a craft day or any day. You only need orange felt for the body, black and white thread for the details, some stuffing and a tiny piece of cloth of your choice for the scarf. 
Make a paper stencil of your fox (or print this one) and cut out front and back pieces from the felt sheets. Don't forget to leave space for stitching! Use thick white thread for the details and make a pattern than you like. You can cut out the nose and eye out of black felt or embroider them... i picked the easier way. When you're done with all the little details - start stitching the front and back pieces of the body and tail together. (do them separately and stitch them together after stuffing.) I decided that a thick black thread would go nice with the eye and nose but a thread in the colour of the fox might be a better choice. Leave a little hole so that you can stuff your little fox with whatever you have at hand. (I might have asked for Dexter's help for that). Add a scarf or a necklace or a ribbon or whatever you can think of to give your fox a more sophisticated look. 
Either you plan on making a felt fox оr an advanced three-dimentional wolf or a bear or another forest creature - have a craft day with friends. Drink lemonade. Make a mess. Eat chocolate. Have fun.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Full of ideas

Dexter and I are partners in crime. 
We are the perfect team: he's the brains, because all of his ideas are brilliant, and I am the looks, because - well, he is a handsome mister, but I am a girl and I would have been very upset with any other arrangement. We go on all sorts of adventures together: sometimes we go on an expedition to find the best waffles in the neighbourhood, sometimes we go out for a run (we both agree exercise is important - especially after a waffle), and sometimes we randomly decide that gardening is our newest hobby so we seek for lilac tulips and supplies and advice on how to take care of flowers. Dexter is pretty excited to participate in just about anything (excluding cleaning) but sometimes he likes to do things his way. 
Here's a short list of some of his most brilliant ideas:

- Can I have half of your breakfast? It looks pretty tasty and I'm sure you don't need that much food anyways. We're pals, let's share. You know you can always have some of my dog food, if you want.
- A midnight walk! But not just tonight! Every night this week! Don't worry, I'll let you know when the time is right. 3am should be just fine.
- Do I see another dog across the street? Lets totally freeze until we know for sure if it's a friend or a foe. Trust me, it's a good tactic.
- It's raining cats and dogs and it's also freezing outside - we might stay out for a couple of hours, wouldn't it be fun? Dancing in the rain, playing in puddles, digging holes - all sorts of fun activities to choose from!
- Can I have some of your lunch? I didn't have much breakfast. Sharing is caring. 
- Did I just see a cat hide under that car over there? Let's check - I think we will all manage to fit in there and have a party. 
- Let's examine this piece of rock thorougly - half an our of sniffing should do the trick. I think I might have found something. I need time. More time. More time - oh look! Another rock! Forget the first one, this is it!
- Let's bring all sorts of sticks home and hide them under the sofa. A tree might magically grow. An apple tree! Apples are tasty. What's for dinner?

Dexter is a funny little guy but sometimes he gets a little too excited. We couldn't hide under the car with that one cat. Nor was it such a great idea to play in puddles because - as it turned out - mud is fun only until you try to get it all off. But we're having so much fun together it doesn't matter that things sometimes end up with boring baths or light bruises or scratches or - like that one time - with a black eye.
We're adventurers.