Friday, February 22, 2013

How to Make a Stuffed Monster Cat

DIY Stuffed Monsters
Joanne’s Fabric was having a sale on fleece blankets, so I decided to pick up a few and craft! I really did not know what I wanted to make, but I knew I wanted it to be fun and stuffed animal like. I Started by deciding on the main shape. I went with rectangle. In order to make it more interesting, I sewed the fabric together in several areas to create a unique silhouette.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
Mark was my crafting company.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
Then I used the base of my creature to create a pattern for the front and back pieces.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
I got out some crafting felt and played around with shapes until I came up with the face and ears.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
I used scraps of fleece to create the tail and floppy legs. Making sure to finish all the edges and turn things inside out once sewn.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
Then I stuffed the legs and sewed them on. Finally, I stuffed up my Monster Cat (I decided it looked like a cheshire cat bus), and sewed it shut.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
Look, you can use its tail as a handle! Mark came up with that idea.
DIY Stuffed Monsters
This all took about 2-3 hours, including prep and design time. I am pretty happy with how it turned out and I had a lot of fun making it. I may make some kittens to go with it. 
DIY Stuffed Monsters

Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day & The Melting Pot

Mark and I rarely celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. We find that it is just too stressful and hectic. This year we went out to the Melting Pot (a restaurant we every course is fondue based) with my sister and her boyfriend and our friends Sara and Tyler. I had a great time!
Since we got the “Ultimate Romance Package”, our table came prepared with complimentary roses and wine.
Honestly, the food at the Melting Pot is good and the experience (all 4 hours) is really great! However, be forewarned, the prices are a bit steep.
After dinner, we went to a local gallery showing that Sara and Tyler heard about. There were some really great pieces there and some very ‘interesting’ ones as well. We finished the night at Sara/Tyler’s place, with games. It was a perfect Valentine’s. I love a fun themed restaurant, checking out art, and hanging out with great company!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Florida!

This last week Mark and I visited his Grandma at her condo in Hutchinson Beach, Florida. We had a great time! Even though we try to do this yearly, it never gets old and we always have fun. Particularly it’s nice to get some 1:1 time with his Grandma. We are very fortunate to have her be in our lives. They best part of Hutchinson Beach is that we are right on the ocean and everyone living at the Islandia condos are super nice.
We always spend at least one night searching for crabs and other animals on the beach. We lucked out and the tide was way out the night we chose.
Last year the beach was absolutely covered in jellyfish; which were both beautiful and painful. We were lucky enough to avoid stepping on any of them.
This year we found the remains of a wild boar. The scuttlebutt was that he appeared on the beach days prior and died of natural causes. The waves dragged him out to sea and then, days later, re-deposited him on the beach. A morbid, sad, and interesting sight to find on a morning walk.
Each year we try to visit someplace fun in the area and get a lot of sun (since February in Michigan is so dreary!). We went to the Oceanic Center this year. A few years ago, we visited and I was too scared to feed the sting rays. So this year I knew I had to man-up and stick my fingers in a sting ray’s mouth. I am proud to say, I actually did and I LOVED it! Additionally, we felt up some other sea creatures.
It was very hard to leave the wonderful weather and company in Florida. Particularly, to return to freezing dreary weather in Michigan.