Monday, February 16, 2009

Crafty Badger

One of the best Christmas gifts at our house last year was the game, Crafty Badger. My husband and the oldest kidling bought it for the youngest kidling and it's our new favorite game:

It's made by the German toy company, Haba, and I'm in love with the metal suitcases and the cheeky wooden Badger. The game involves packing for a trip in the midst of reoccurring badger attacks, wherein said badger dumps out a suitcase at your feet and you have to repack the clothes. A rather surreal scenario, I must admit, unless sneaky badger attacks on unattended luggage is common in Germany. But we all love yelling "BADGER!!" when the little badger face turns up on the die. And, again, those little metal suitcases are the cutest!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I made Valentines this year for the first time in a long while! They are little felt heart pins and I think they turned out quite cute, if I say so myself.

The pins came about through a harmonic convergence of the perfect project and materials I already had on hand. I got a lovely stack of felt squares via Jenn's blog a long time ago. The squares sat sadly in my craft closet until I found Purl Bee's Valentine Pin Tutorial. The project was fun, fast and easy. I also got to spend some quality time with my pinking shears (which as a serious sewist, I'm embarrassed to admit I've never used).

I mounted each pin on a little card and sent them off to some of the special women in my life - family, friends, the kidlings' teachers and some of my crafty heroines. I even managed to save one for myself.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!