Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Homemade gifts

We were planning to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday on Saturday.  So, last Thursday, Oliver decided he wanted to sew something for her.  My first thought was “really? now?”  I have actually never done a sewing project with the boys, but since Linnea seemed content, I thought I ought to say “yes, let’s do it!” 

The only little project I could think of was potholders.  So, they got to dig into my fabric stash.  Oliver picked out green fabrics and Benton opted for blue.   I let them use the rotary cutter to cut strips of fabric (hand-over-hand for Benton), then they laid out a design (a nice ABC pattern for Oliver, random for Benton), then started stitching them together.  The boys got to run the foot pedal and I pretty much guided the fabric.  I trimmed them up into squares got out some batting and made a quilt sandwich.  They really enjoyed it all and then came the moment Oliver has been waiting for, for years.  He (and Benton too) got to pick out the decorative stitches to quilt the potholder. 

I think they turned out pretty nicely.  I forgot to get a picture of the finished product, but the boys made cards and wrapped them up.  They were pretty colorful for my mother-in-law, but I think she like them anyway. 

Uncle Josh and Aunt Elizabeth came into town to visit and celebrate with Toni.   We all (joel and Jeanne too) pitched in and made dinner for Toni.  I made baguettes and those tenderloin sandwiches.  It was a full day for me, but fun too.

Linnea’s first tooth broke through on Saturday too.  Explains all the recent drooling.  :)

*It was Benton day to refuse to have his picture taken.

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As the object of all the attention, I can attest to the wonderful treatment by Kjerstin and her boys.  The potholders are quite lovely and, yes, Oliver was quick to point out the stitching on the back, especially his favorite design.  And even in my "white" kitchen, they hang prominently on the cabinets. (The other day I was washing my regular potholders and had to grab for one of the boys' potholder and it almost felt sacrilegious!) Then there's the food Kjerstin made!  What can I say about her cooking - it never disappoints!  Homemade bread, red meat,and truffle butter!  Doesn't get much better than that.   Thank you, dear, for all you did to make the big 65 so special.
Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 09:56 AM
Ah,  I'm happy to have had a part in celebrating your birthday!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 10:18 PM

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