Posts Tagged ‘kid things’

Osmond, a Stupid Sock Creature

A couple of years ago, I bought this book, Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy. I think I may have seen them on t.v. somewhere, and thought they were just about the coolest things I’d ever seen made from socks. It took me a few years, but yesterday I finally had a go at attempting to make one of them. And thus Osmond was born.

Osmond

Osmond

Murphy’s book is great: excellent directions for making several different kinds of sock creatures, and lots of ways you can use up extra pieces and customize your sock creatures. I put hair on Osmond using some eyelash yarn that I had no idea what to do with, a couple of buttons, a belly button and a heart bracelet that I found on the floor of my son’s playroom. The book is also really funny! If you think you might be into making a sock creature of your own, I highly recommend this book.

My son adores Osmond!

My son adores Osmond!

Each of the sock creatures in the book has its own background and story, and Osmond is no different. His story sort of wrote itself as I made him: I imagined where he came from, what he liked to do, etc. My son comes up with all sorts of imaginative ideas about Osmond the longer he hangs out with him, such as, Osmond does not like the cough medicine my son has to take, but Osmond does enjoy riding in the car.

Osmond wears his heart for all to see. It says, "Bee Happy." Osmond's fondest wish is to perform on stage with Marie (Osmond, of course). He likes tending to the plants in the garden, but is not overly fond of salad.

Osmond wears his heart for all to see. It says, "Bee Happy." Osmond's fondest wish is to perform on stage with Marie (Osmond, of course). He likes tending to the plants in the garden, but is not overly fond of salad.

Osmond is not allergic to bees, which is good, as one has landed on his tail. And, while he looks from profile like he is smoking a stogie, he's actually just sticking out his tongue.

Osmond is not allergic to bees, which is good, as one has landed on his tail. And, while he looks from profile like he is smoking a stogie, he's actually just sticking out his tongue.

My son asked if he could take a photo of Osmond with my camera. I let him, and now look. I think his shot angle is far more artistic than mine!

My son asked if he could take a photo of Osmond with my camera. I let him, and now look. I think his shot angle is far more artistic than mine!

If you want to see more Stupid Sock Creatures, head over to the Stupid Creatures website and click on “Gallery.” They’re fantastic, and I think that making them may very well be addicting.

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Stuff of the earth

Sometimes I think I ought to change the title of this blog, as its focus seems to be going away from strictly quilting and more toward crafty, fun things I like to do that also include quilting. But then again, I love the title, so I’ll probably keep it just as it is. 🙂

Yesterday I saw a post on Craft Magazine’s blog about making terrariums out of jars. I have a bunch of Ball jars from canning various things over the years, and I’m always looking for something fun to do with my son (who’s back to homeschooling, by the way!), so this was yet another perfect project. You can get the specific directions over there at Craft; otherwise, this is our photo diary of a really fun morning.

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Pouring dirt into the jars...

We probably could have used more stones in the bottoms!

We probably could have used more stones in the bottoms!

Three jars are better than one. A balance thing, I guess!

Three jars are better than one. A balance thing, I guess!

Here we are adding little plants to the jars.

Here we are adding little plants to the jars.

Ooh, someone needs a manicure!

Ooh, someone needs a manicure!

Adding more plants...

Adding more plants...

There! Just right!

There! Just right!

Ok, a little too much dirt, probably, but they're done!

Ok, a little too much dirt, probably, but they're done!

Proud of his creation.

Proud of his creation.

The little animals that didn't go inside get to play on top of the terrariums.

The little animals that didn't go inside get to play on top of the terrariums.

Child’s Art Smock from a Man’s Shirt

My little boy recently started kindergarten, and on the list of things he had to bring was an art smock (called a garbacha in Spanish, I had absolutely no clue what that meant!). Money has been tight lately (hasn’t it everywhere?), and luckily for me I just happened to have come across this fantastic post via forty-two roads via Craft’s blog on how to make a child’s art smock from an old shirt. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, actually.

I also, as it happened, had a brand-new red shirt that was leftover from uniforms we had at our old cafe (somehow this one had never been embroidered with the cafe logo, so it was still sitting in its package in my sewing room). Again, perfect! Her directions are super clear, and I whipped this up in about an hour. I made a couple of minor changes, mostly because he’s going to be wearing it in class: I did end up hemming all of the raw edges on all of the pieces, and I also lengthened the ties that go around the tummy area (5-6 inches seemed way to short; I went with 12 inches and they still could have been longer — I suggest if you also make this smock to use pieces at least 2.5″ wide and 15-20″ long, and making the shoulder straps longer as well).

My son absolutely loves it, and he’ll definitely be the only kid in the class with this art smock!

My kiddo in his new art smock. The color of the smock even matches his school uniform!

My kiddo in his new art smock. The color of the smock even matches his school uniform!

The back of the smock -- the ties are a little on the short side, so I'd make them longer if I made another one of these.

The back of the smock -- the ties are a little on the short side, so I'd make them longer if I made another one of these.