A few bits and pieces I knocked up this weekend for the wedding...!
Here's the lai si I ended up making - not stitched, but printed and made into an origami envelope. It's not a great pic as it was done in rather a hurry, but the characters are the same ones as on the framed picture the groom bought us when we got engaged - I think they are peace, prosperity, harmony and tranquillity (not necessarily in that order, I need to check, but they are a direct scan). Many thanks to husband for the technical wizardry needed to print the characters on the card such that they would read top to bottom when I folded it up (they had to go on at a rather obscure diagonal). On the inside I printed the reading the groom did at our wedding, so the connection there is lovely and I hope it's something they can put with their wedding keepsakes (he seemed quite impressed with my l33t origami sk1llz, anyway).
K had a yellow dress with red flowers on, and sparkly red shoes. So of course she needed a red bag to go with it! She's very into counting coins at the moment so I made her a little purse to accompany it. Very pleased to say I mastered blanket stitch for this project, and I'm chuffed with the way the beading came out, too. She pronounced it "really nice", which is high praise from a not-yet-two-year-old!
Whilst we were visiting down South, we stayed with a relative of A's and she donated a large amount of felt to my stash (wild applause and many thanks!). Since I'd taken cross-stitch but forgotten a hoop, I ploughed right into a new project for K - a "weather station", consisting of a large piece of blue felt with the words "Today the weather is" stitched on it, and a number of felt pieces like clouds, a sun, etc which will all get little velcro patches on so she can record the weather each day. At the moment I'm just completing the beading on the sun; the
"rainy", "stormy", "cloudy" and "windy" are already done and I need to make a "snowy" to finish the set. I plan to back them all with stiff interfacing (not such a mistaken buy after all, ha!) and mount the lot onto more felt, then add a cord to hang it from. Pics to follow!
Have also bought two 18" x 24" canvasess and some big tubes of various blue acrylic paint/flat brushes, looking forward to doing those.
K is very busy soaking some "magic painting" books - I am very very glad I bought some non-spill water pots.