The Cricket

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The Cricket

©2020 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

 
A cricket beneath my window sill
Is singing all day long.
If I only knew the creature’s words
I’d join his chirping song.

Is he singing of the furnace sun
Burnishing summer’s fields,
Or crooning to a cricket lover
His passionate appeals?

 

The Gardener

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The Gardener
© 2017 Mollie Pearce McKibbon

I passed a field of sunflowers
Glowing in the golden light,
Basking in joyous sunbeams,
And it gave my heart delight.
I passed beds of sweet roses
And happy bees were dancing there.
They were drinking in the nectar,
So I breathed in my fair share.
I passed some calla lilies,
So pure and full of holy grace
That I knew God was the Gard’ner
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Play Food Pizza Etc.

I’ve been playing with felt again.  This time I made a felt pizza that my grandson can take apart to serve or put on the platter together to bake.  This play pizza is stuffed with fill and is covered with tomatoes, olives, pepperoni pieces, green pepper and mushrooms.  It attaches to the plastic platter (Dollar Store) with velcro.  At first I tried to sew on the fuzzy part of the velcro to the pizza, but after two broken needles, I realized that I only needed the toothy part attached to the platter as the felt just naturally attached to it.  So here it is:felt pizza

Then I decided to make three hotdogs and buns for more fun food.  The hot dogs were easy – just three tubes of brown felt.  I decided to add the toppings before sewing, so while I completed the pizza, I called upon my sous-chef (my 10 year old granddaughter) to cut out the mustard, catsup and relish which she did with great skill.  I sewed them on and when I sewed up the seams, she stuffed them.   The buns were a bit more of a challenge, but in the end I think they looked enough like bun to please my grandson (he’s two).

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Next I made eggs and bacon strips.  I think they look convincing.

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These felt foods were intended for my grandson’s 2nd birthday present and he was very pleased with them.  I think he will like cooking them on his felt play oven.  Oh, I do love felt.  My sous-chef approved also.  Thank you, Kaytlyn.

More Sewing for Christmas

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to make one for my little grandson who loves to “cook” when his mom and dad do.  It took a day to make because I do a lot of hand-sewing as well as by machine.  I had  fun making it.  It is a play stove which can be put on the seat of a chair and fastened to the back.  The advantage to this is that it can be folded up and stowed away when not in use.

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The dials are large buttons I found at Fabricland where I got the material.  I hope my grandson has as much fun playing with this stove as I had making it.

 

Mary in Grandpa’s Chair

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As you can see by the date, I painted this water colour painting many years ago.  It is a picture of my favourite doll, a rag doll I named Mary.  My great Aunt Bessie made the doll for me the year I turned one.  She made it out of bleached flour sacks and if you looked carefully you could still barely see the faint outline of Robin Hood on her face.  I loved that doll and took it everywhere with me.  I even had plans as to how to make sure she was the first thing I saved if our house was ever in a fire or other disaster.  I planned to toss her out of the window.  I cuddled up to Mary every night and she heard all of my woes and all my happiness.  She was water stained, tear stained and sometimes even, orange juice stained. She was my security blanket, my best friend and often my pillow.

I painted this picture for my parents.  Mary is sitting on the chair they had recovered for my husband and I when we got married.  The chair was one that my Grandpa Pearce (Poppa) won as a prize in lawn bowling.  I remember going to the green with him when I was small and watching him bowl.  So, you can see, this painting is full of memories for me.

A Fascinating Craft

My latest crafting experiment is the making of fascinators, those jaunty little bits of fluff that adorn the society elite when they go to tea or a wedding.  I want to make several for a special occasion coming soon and so I have been trying my hand at constructing some with a few things I have on hand: some headbands in various colours, coloured felt, ribbons,tulle, artificial flowers, felt maple leaves, buttons and anything else I can find.  Here are the first results:

I’m having great fun making these and I have been hand-sewing them together.  I have some large barrettes to use as well, but I will need to use the glue gun to construct them.

 

 

 

Finger Puppets for the Truck Page

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These are the finger puppets I made to go in the truck for the quiet book.  The top ones are of the carrot, corn, peas and tomato.  The one below it is the farmer.  I am sorry there is so much glare in the photos, but I think you can see what I intended.   Finger puppets were a challenge because the details are so small but they were fun to make.  2016-05-03 23.04.03 The book is now finished and bound so all I need to do is take it to my grandson and see if he likes it.

The Train for “Things That Go”

I was a bit stumped about making a train.  Then I remembered that I had bought some plastic mesh canvas.  I cut out the sides and ends of each of the cars and sewed felt to it. I thought about using buttons for the wheels but worried that they might pull off, so I made the wheels out of grey felt. I used an empty thread spool for the engine and covered it with black felt. I attached velcro between each car so that the train would stay together when it was pulled. I sewed bias tape to the bottom of each car so that the elastic could be threaded through it and the elastic is sewn together on the back of the felt background. Eventually the pages that back each other will be sewn together around the outside edges so the sewing won’t show. The train isn’t beautiful, but it does move on the elastic along the short track.

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