A simple gift idea

H and I have been working on a fun project together this month. He’s been making drawings for me and I’ve been transferring his drawings onto mugs. I paint the image on with bake-on ceramic paint and when the mugs are done baking the image is permanent.

Some of H's drawings turned into gifts

We found the plain white mugs at a few different thrift stores and paid about 50 cents a mug. I researched the various ceramic paint pens out there and decided to go with this paint, which comes in a little 2 oz squeeze bottle instead of a pen that can dry out and get clogged. Plus, it was only $3.50. I painted all of these mugs and barely used half a tube.

H and I really had a great time working on these. He has never cared much for drawing or even scribbling and gets easily frustrated when he can’t transfer the ideas in his head to paper. But he worked really hard on these and I think it has sparked a greater interest in drawing and writing. Not long after we finished these mugs he wrote his name on his own for the first time.

It only takes 48 hours for the paint to dry before baking, so there’s still time to paint some mugs for last minute gifts!

Winter 2012

Wishing you a peace-filled holiday season, however you choose to celebrate.


Happy Halloween, 2012

Oh my gosh, Halloween is here already!

Sheep costume complete!
I have no say in costumes anymore. These kids of mine and their costume demands! They put in a different request every day for over a month. I finally took them to the fabric store and made them pick something and stick with it. A was *going* to be a (as she put it) chubby monkey, but at the very last minute she changed her mind AGAIN and went with a lamb. And we all know how I feel about wool. I was quite proud.
Cutest ninja ever.
H went with a ninja pattern. I made the details kind of fancy… and sparkly… since they will make such great dress up clothes accessories. He’s a fancy ninja.

The Adventures of Sheep and Ninja
The Adventures of Sheep and Ninja! So far they have worn their costumes around town 4, maybe 5 times?

Halloween Party 2012
We had an epic Halloween party. It was SO much fun. There were 30 costumed kids in my house on a rainy day. It was bananas!

I’m kind of sad Halloween is almost over. It’s definitely our favorite holiday. But hey, Halloween can live on. I have plenty of Halloween goodies in my shop!

Skeleton Dance
Happy Haunting!

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Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Sea Glass

Halloween yarn and fiber! Lots of handspun! And I’ll list a few more Aranami kits too. I finished my Aranami this summer and it is sooooo gorgeous.