So, just as I started stitching my quilt blocks into rows, I ran out of white thread. While it was quite a bummer and dented my momentum, it gave me a bit of an excuse to work on a couple of other things that had been simmering in my brain, but that I’d been putting off because I wanted to devote my crafting time to finishing this quilt.
One of them was this baby dinosaur taggie toy for B.
The project popped up on my Pinterest feed as a “recommended pin.” Generally I really dislike these pins, since they tend to dominate my feed and dilute what I have chosen to follow. I try to seriously limit the time I spend on the site (I already have so many things I want to do…) and so I try to ignore all the tempting pins on the home feed, but this little dino was so cute, I couldn’t resist. Husband has a soft spot for dinosaurs, and I have s soft spot for my husband and son. 🙂 As soon as I saw the link, I’d mentally chosen fabric!
To fit the fabric scraps, I had to reduce the size of the pattern to 90%. And since B seems to love tags but more ambivalent toward loops, I finally tried the candle technique to “seal” the cut edge of the ribbons along the dinosaur’s spine. The whole thing took me less than an hour.
It was immensely gratifying to see that B immediately liked his dinosaur. He made approving growly noises and proceeded to explore the ribbons and have a taste of the dinosaur’s head. I think the dinosaur ended up being the perfect size for him to hold (and bash).
The other thing I made during this particular overlapping nap time were two small, loosely stuffed pillows. I’m calling them door pillows.
At night, we like to have our kids’ doors partly open so that we can hear them better, and also because my daughter likes to have the light from the hall spill into her room until she falls asleep. But we don’t want the doors wide open, either. The way the doors are hung on their hinges means that, left on their own, they will swing wide unless latched. Until recently we have been employing an inelegant solution: propping the doors open on bunched up scraps of cloth–ugly and sort of embarrassing, really. These pillows are low enough loft that the doors still swing over them if pushed (say, as a bleary parent responds to a cry in the night), but there is just enough friction to keep the doors from swinging on their own. I didn’t weight them, so they are not tripping hazards (see above, about bleary blundering in the dark). I’m so pleased to finally have such a simple solution that looks intentional.
After working on a long-term project like the quilt, I felt so successful to have completed a couple of projects in about an hour of overlapping nap time!