I used the homemade cupcake liners (see below) for these cornbread muffins (via apples & butter) — however, to tell the truth I was multi-tasking and used twice the amount of baking soda on this batch by accident and they were slightly horrible. The recipe is good, though, I promise ^_^
This spring we ordered a living room rug online with a pebbly texture. Auggie did not like the feeling on his feet, and would not step on it. It was too tricky to return it and so I made a quilted playmat instead — it seems to have worked. It was pretty easy and took about 5 hours. I took my best bloggy photo of it (above) immediately after we last cleaned and vacuumed.
As I was taking pictures, Auggie began making soup for this monkey, even though he is quite indifferent about it (the monkey, not soup).
I used the cheerful quilted playmat pattern from the purlbee. It's smart, you don't need to finish the edges, you just turn it inside out with the batting stitched in. I modified it to make it faster: I didn't bother with the quilting step at the beginning, I just used 2 large squares of fabric. Also, I did the top-stitching by machine. I made my mat a yard by a yard. The fish fabric is thrift and the cars are a kokka pattern from purlsoho — both are cotton/linen canvas.
The topstitching is a follow-the-lines technique, done by machine. It would have taken about 3 hours if I had sewed straight lines instead of zig zags for the top stitching — as it was this was a 5-hour project.
Done & dusted!
UPDATE: These owls will be in a new book Auggie's Counting Robot. Find more Auggie drawings at the Auggie Bloggie.
If you live with a tiny art director who demands to see hundreds of owls, you become quite an efficient owl drawer. Here is a very efficient owl in 7 steps. (Our art director really appreciates the sleeping owls).
There are many ways to make a mini kite. If you would like to make a real kite, there are directions here.) Materials: The only special materials we sometime use are cloth covered wire, or florist's wire to make the string stay up in the air. Where you see "tape" or "glue" in the instructions, we often use little bits of double-sided tape as it is more forgiving. But regular tape and glue are ok, too. The kites on these pages use linen thread and wool for string.Read More