Dinosaurs goes RAAAWR

The boy has discovered dinosaurs.  And that they go “Raawrr”.  T-Rex is the best (naturally) but triceratop and saichania are certainly up there.  By the way, if anyone has seen our missing saichania figurine I will pay dearly to have it returned – this is almost as bad as the lost-tuba-puzzle-piece debacle.  Anyway, I saw this Dinosaur Tail by Jessica from Running with Scissors and knew we needed to have one.

I used some green cotton I found at the store for 50% off and went with the felt ridges method.  I will say I made this thing during a week where I slept no more than 6 hours a night for days on end.  Crazy work project with a deadly timeline.  Fridays I’m normally off but on that morning I was stuck to my computer pushing live bug fixes as quickly as the “QA team” (thanks Mods!!) could find them.  During the down time (and deployment) I stuffed this bad boy.

dinosaur tail - stomp

Mini Boo likes it well enough.  He isn’t a great fan of wearing it but he makes sure it’s in his bed every night to be used as a pillow.  Good enough for me.


Lessons Learned

  • Never use bamboo fiber fill.  I like the environment and would prefer it not get ruined but, honestly, this stuff sucks.  It’s heavy, compresses down and sticks to everything.
  • I’m a much nicer person when I have slept.

Easter Basket Detail

Giraffe lays an egg?

Last year we went to a community easter egg hunt near my parents’ house.  Mini boo got scared, required I hold him the entire time, and refused to pick up any eggs.  This year we will keep it low key.  No big community hunt (aggro parents nearly trampling 1 year olds in the quest for most eggs… no thanks) but instead a little hunt in the walking park near our house, and a brand new hunting bag.

Discussion of an Easter egg bag went like this:

Me: Do you want a new bag to find eggs with?

Mini: Yeah.  Giraffe lays eggs?

Me: Nope, chickens lay eggs

Mini: Alligator lays eggs?

Me: Yes, alligator lays eggs!

Mini: Afghan Hound lays eggs!

Me: Nope, lion doesn’t lay eggs.

Mini: Triceratops lays eggs!

Me:  Uhhh, well, they did…

and so on

In honor of this very fun, very long conversation with my boy I decided this year’s bag will feature an animal that lays eggs.

So remember:

Easter Basket Setup

Snakes lay eggs

Elephants do not

Turtles lay eggs

Gorillas do not

Penguins lay eggs

Zebras do not

Platypus lays eggs

Easter Basket

Bunnies… do not

Easter Basket Detail


Project Details:

This bag is based on the Purl Bee tutorial for Easter Egg Hunt Bags.  I used much cheaper felt (20% wool / 80% polyester) and a little less ric-rack and added a t-rex.  The t-rex was cut out of interfacing reinforced quilting cotton and simply fabric-glued on.  I don’t expect an heirloom here – just a toy.

Made for a boy, just not my boy

First real post and it’s not even for my little guy. Our friends are welcoming a new baby boy later this month so I made by absolute favorite baby blanket. My favorite because:

  • So easy even I can’t screw it up
  • Involved measuring… I love measuring
  • allows me to play with all the gorgeous flannels out there without owning a whole bunch of loungey pants.

The tutorial comes from Sachiko at Tea Rose Home.  You can find out exactly how easy it is here: Self Binding Swaddle Blanket

I used two types of sock monkey flannel and dark blue thread.  It’s been sitting on my dresser for a few weeks now.  Hopefully posting this will be the push I need to deliver it to its owners before they deliver themselves.

Monkey Blanket

The big lesson learned on this one is that I really should have marked my corners better. I’m a little off on two of them.  Hopefully the baby won’t mind.

Monkey Blanket Corner