That darn rat!

My youngest son has a rat as a pet.  Ratatouille is really quite a nice little pet.  He enjoys riding around on my son’s shoulders and loves to eat cheese from my hand.  His only drawback is that anything that comes into contact with the bars on his cage is chewed into nothingness.

The biggest of the holes.

The biggest of the holes.

One morning, he took off his robe and instead of putting it away, he just threw in down.  Obviously, it came too close to the rat cage!

Measuring fabric.

Measuring fabric.

It took me quite awhile to find fabric that would match.  This fabric doesn’t match exactly, but it’s really close.  Since the holes were so big and numerous, I cut a panel of fabric that would be sewn to the inside of the robe and cover all of the holes.

Placing the fabric "panel".

Placing the fabric “panel”.

The I pinned the panel in place and sewed around the outside of it.

Edges of the hole, right side.

Edges of the hole, right side.

Then I turned the robe so that the right side was facing me, trimmed the edges of the holes so that they were not so ragged, pinned around them and…

Sewing around the holes.

Sewing around the holes.

Sewed the edges down to the backing panel.

Edges trimmed and sewn.

Edges trimmed and sewn.

This is what the holes looked like after they were trimmed and the edges were sewn down.

Hole finished.

Hole finished.

Fixed!

Fixed!

Not perfect but…

He loves it!

He loves it!

J and his rat.

J and his rat.

I think he will now put his robe away every time!!

Another Yoda.

The Yoda pattern had two options.  The 9yo boy asked for both so another was made…

2nd Yoda.

2nd Yoda.

The 2nd Yoda worked up much more quickly because there wasn’t a robe to make.

Yoda!

Yoda!

I couldn’t resist reposting this picture!  These characters are so cute!

Yoda is finished

I have made my 9yo son extremely happy!

Yoda!

Yoda!

These little guys are totally addictive!  They crochet up very quickly and are super easy to assemble.

Just look at that smiling face!

Just look at that smiling face!

And totally worth the effort to make this guy so happy!

 

Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!

 

Cello Recitals

Two of my kids play the cello.  Recently we had their recital (thankfully they both have the same teacher!), one of them was super nervous and the other one was fine.  I love going to these recitals.  It is really fun to hear their music in a different setting and inspirational for them to hear others playing.

French Braid.

French Braid.

At the last minute, my daughter decided she wanted her hair braided.  We stood out front of where her recital would take place and braided her hair.  Not the best, but she was happy.

9yo son.

9yo son.

My shy 9 year old son went first as he is the youngest and newest student for this teacher.  He did a great job.  I think he is comfortable because he can hide behind the music stand and his cello!

13 year old.

13 year old.

My 13 year old daughter played later in the line up – she was extremely nervous but played fine anyway.  Some of the musicians we heard were fantastic!  All the kids work so hard and it truly shows at this time of the year.