Springtime!

There’s a bird nest in the fern on the front porch. We’ll be using the side door for a while.

Other signs of spring:

I planted them and they grew!! EEEEE!

I planted them and they grew!! EEEEE!

Games on the back porch.

Games on the back porch.

Orchid cactus - it belongs to the woman who cuts my hair.

Orchid cactus – it belongs to the woman who cuts my hair.

Blue monkey.  Totally a sign of the season.

Blue monkey. Totally a sign of the season.

Nesting Instinct

Last year, a bird built her nest inside my bike helmet.

One little egg.

I had to get a new helmet.

This year I’ve been storing my (new) bike helmet upside down in my basket.

She started a nest under my helmet instead.

I emptied it out since it wasn't finished.  That's a terrible place to keep your babies.

I emptied it out since it wasn’t finished. That’s a terrible place to keep your babies.

I can’t win.

Happy Earth Day!

Bespoke Kitty

For art and crafts this week, Ellie wanted to sew something with the machine. Really she wanted to sew a dress for herself, but I convinced her that was a big project and we should wait for summer when there was more time. We made this instead.

Mimi the Kitty.

Mimi the Kitty.

She embroidered the face and pinned everything up on her own. There was a fair amount of scaffolding for the sewing parts (I really made the pattern too small for her to sew independently I’ll know better next time) but she pressed the pedal and guided the fabric as much as possible. The cat parts are craft felt and Mimi’s body is fabric left over from some of Tiny Ellie’s homemade PJ pants.

We should make PJ pants!
There’s only one curved seam!
Ooh.

I stumbled on the cat doll idea looking for beginner sewing projects, and of course I can’t find it now. My web history doesn’t go back to last weekend apparently. Thank you, anonymous stranger!

Monkey’s Paw

It’s 7:30am and everyone else is still asleep. In the case of the cats, they are back asleep.

I’m going to have another cup of coffee and keep working on this little blue monkey.

Still Life with Blue Paw, Cat Bag, and Keyboard

Still Life with Blue Paw, Cat Bag, and Keyboard

Edited to add: That lasted all of 10 minutes.