I had a great Mother's Day weekend; it helped that the weather stayed within my small zone of acceptable temperatures. We went to the zoo and tried new looks - we're bringing feathers back!
And kangaroos are so soft - am I the only one who thinks they'd make nice jackets?
I'm guessing the zoo doesn't like you looking at all the animals like you're Cruella de Vil.
I had the opportunity to go to SmArt on Saturday for to work on a project, and I bought some neat baskets to incorporate into baby gifts.
There were so many ways to refinish baskets online. I really loved these painted baskets from Laura of We Made This Home: http://www.lauraashley.com/blog/make-and-do/upcycling-baskets/
However, I have no space to put a large basket to dry -it would end up with greasy little banana-covered hand prints in the nice cool blue. In other words, we can't be cool. Just blue.
Also, if there's ever a time to go cute and sincere on home decor, it's with baby stuff. So I got out my flower loom, just now cooling off from my weekend of knitting soap holders, and I put together some flowers to tie into the wicker.
The technique is similar to the circle weaving I did on the flat-bottomed basket. First, the petal yarn is looped around the side peg to stabilize, then it's taken across and around the peg on the other side. The next peg you'll aim for is the one across the loom that will cause your yarn to cross over itself, and loop your yarn around that peg.
The central yarn is brought up through the middle with a yarn needle, then sent through each petal in turn to create the center. A double knot on the back will hold the flower together, and be sure to leave the central yarn long so it can be tied to your wicker, (or a barrette! or a necklace!) more easily.
This tutorial from FitzbirchBirch Crafts has consecutive photos of the process:
The nice part about this festive look is that it can be personalized later. You can clip the flowers off and add a chalkboard sign, or paint, whatever you need to let the piece grow with the tiny new owner.
Nacho feels this is a waste of good, edible yarn.
Then Sunday, we went to Opryland Hotel for a walk out of the afternoon heat, and I got my Mother's Day pictures by a fountain. It was a poor choice of background, as I had to explain even to my oldest that the word "pool" does not automatically denote "swimming."