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I’m a book-reading, craft-making newlywed living outside Chicago. I love my husband, cooking dinner and especially eating desserts! We love to ride bikes all over town and read books at coffee shops. I also enjoy shopping at JoAnns, drinking wine on the patio and playing with my bunny rabbit Penelope. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment- they really make my day! :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thanksgiving Craft: Needle Felting

Many people have messy kitchens after the Thanksgiving meal. Here's what happened to my mom's kitchen table: 

It's not dirty dishes and leftover turkey, but a whole bunch of crafting supplies!!  We had our annual post-Thanksgiving Crafting Extravaganza (see here for last year's post).  Sister-in-law B (from ScienceBee fame) brought some needle felting supplies and it was love at first stab. 

B shared her supplies for felting- colored wool fibers, special needles and foam.  Basically you stab the needs into the fibers, causing them to knot up and become hard.  You can maneuver the fibers around with the needle to form different shapes.

I started out with a pompom and was impressed by B's little snowman, cardinal and baby penguin.  My mom made a small snowman with a scarf!

After my pompom, I was inspired to make... a baby Penelope the bunny!

Penelope and her baby!!  Clearly Penelope is excited to pose for these pictures.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Science Bee- GIVEAWAY!

Ladies and Gents, this is a monumental post!  Not only will I be promoting sister-in-law B's new fabulous Etsy shop ScienceBee, but this will be my very first giveaway!

Something I really admire about B is her ability to totally rock at all things science AND all things crafty.  Most people are either one or the other; B is both. She's a scientist by day wearing a lab coat and conducting experiments and then comes home and makes amazing crafts.  Her shop ScienceBee is a perfect expression of this dichotomy. 

B is giving not one, but two items away- and you can enter three times to win! Each time you do one of the following, leave a comment and tell me about it.  The winners will be chosen using random.org.

1. Like The Science Bee on Etsy
2. Like The Science Bee on Facebook
3. Follow Storycrafting

The first item up for grabs is an adorable pair of gold button earrings.  These are perfect for daily wear.  The second item is a pair of neuron notecards.  (see- crafts and science!)

AND to further this awesome giveaway, B is offering 15% off any item in her store by using the code "Storytime."

(p.s. this silhouette is of little girl me from Disney in the 80's!)
It won't take many neurons to enter this giveaway!
This giveaway will be open for one week, so enter before December 3.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Yarn Monster Pencils

My youngest niece (who has now chosen to be known as Little Miss Hermione Granger on this blog)  was in town from Seattle last week and we had a chance to get some serious crafting done.  We checked out some ideas from different blogs and decided to make some monsters similar to Two Shades of Pink.

Little Miss Hermione Granger

We wrapped yarn around a hand about 50 times, then slipped it off and tied the loops tight in the middle.  Next we cut all the ends of the loops to create our pompoms.  It was fun to give the pompoms a little hair cut to make the ends shorter.


We slipped a pencil in the center of the pompom and added some hot glue to make sure nothing would slop.  Then we added some facial details using yarn, felt and googly eyes.


In some cases, we added a lot of googly eyes!

This one looks like a chef, but actually has a felt rosette on it's head.

It was kind of hard to stop making these once we got started... anyone want a yarn monster pencil?