Archive for March, 2013

I decided to close my little etsy shop a few weeks ago because I’m back in school now and my free time…well, I need to be careful with it and not “give” it away to strangers who want Yoda hats or fairy wings or castle tents and such.  Although it wasn’t a huge time-sucker (except for around the holidays), I figured just closing it up would be best for the time being.  I miss it though, not the sewing since I’m always sewing, but the seeing…the seeing of finished projects all tied up neatly with a bow (figuratively and literally sometimes).

What people don’t tell you when you go into stay-at-home parenting is that you will actually complete about 2 things per year that actually stay done, well maybe more than that, but still. Not that the temporary things aren’t sometimes more important: the dinners that will be eaten, the made bed that will instantly become un-made in a single pounce, the faces that will become re-covered with pesto in two seconds, etc.. But a person likes to look around sometimes and see that something got done and stayed done for more than a minute.  And for me, the “around” was my etsy shop.  So, more for me than for anyone else, I’m setting up a window into my old shop/ brain right here on this blog. That way, I can look at this stuff whenever I feel like I’m running in circles….because I will tell you what: I know I (can) do more than wipe faces, but sometimes I forget.

The Plush Fireplace Project

My father builds fires at his house and the kids help a little, but my mother and I like to think that fire and kids isn’t always a match (sorry) made in heaven.  Thus, I made a soft, plush, kid-friendly version.

The logs are just stuffed, tube-shaped sticks, but I halved one log and did the flat side in a wood grain fabric (just to be extra nerdy about it).

The fire comes on thanks to battery operated tea lights that we had left over from Halloween lanterns we made one year.


I got the idea from this magazine snippet and thought I could go reeeally low budget if I went with flannel instead of stone or marble for the hearth;)


The hearth is basically a slip cover for a tallish table we were given.  I created a casing and filled it with a swim noodle to make the arch. then I added batting to the back and sort of quilted the design of the flower and the moldings.



Now before you decide that I have too much time on my hands, I would like to remind you that it would take me much longer to find a babysitter and then go out and somehow earn the thousands of dollars it would cost to build a real fireplace, so in effect this is quite practical if you do the math.

(Although as a heat source, it’s pathetic.)


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