Friday, April 3, 2020

Crafts & a mini quilt

We've had a lot of time on our hands and have turned to arts and crafting every day. Here are some of the things the kids and I have been up to.

Dying eggs with the kiddos. It was a colorful mess.
I keep track of the eggs every day and the chickens laid 199 last month, plus a couple of nests on the property that I didn't bother to clean up and skunks ate. That's ok. I like skunks.

We use white vinegar for cleaning and had a couple of lemons laying around that were starting to wrinkle so I sliced them up and canned a gallon of lemons in vinegar. They probably didn't need to be water bath canned but I wanted a good seal.

We ran out of envelopes so I got out an old atlas and learned to fold envelopes and made some homemade ones.

I got out the fimo clay and some gauze and made a tiny Egyptian cat mummy for my curiosity cabinet. 

It's tiny. I've been spending too much time on pinterest looking at miniatures and miniature rooms lately. It's a distraction. 

The youngest had a tiny hole in his pants so I mended it with blue floss.  There have been some magazine articles lately about decorative thread mending and I had nothing to lose.

This is an old Napoleon Dynamite board game my husband and I used to use as a drinking game years ago. You draw two cards and have to create an animal that is a cross of the two. The oldest loves it and will play it forever. His drawings are much better than mine.

Another atlas project. I covered a shoebox with a map to hold all of my stamps and postcards.

Here's something I made years ago but just found again. I was really into miniature quilts for awhile.  Half the fabrics here are vintage, 30's and 40's,  and I remember this being a lot of fun to make.

Well that's it. I'm surprised to find myself making things as frankly, I've been pretty damn depressed lately as many people probably have. Waking up every day and going to sleep with a dull ache in my chest. I'm not worried about sickness so much as a total collapse of the economy, people's retirement funds being gutted and hoping to God people have jobs to go back to when this mess is over. All things I can do nothing about.


  1. I am amazed at how much you are getting done. Over here I am often just spinning in place. Having so much beyond my control is unnerving. Your posts help me find calm. The tiny quilt is simply adorable.

    1. Thanks! I remember copying an antique chicken pattern at your house and buying fabric years ago, I'd like to start it but think it's in the attic :(