A BIRTHDAY. A CHALLENGE. AND A LABOR OF LOVE.
It’s not often that I write about something other than food. But I was presented with a quite extraordinary challenge. At least it was for me. You see, I happily raised two boys. I don’t do hair. I don’t sew. I’m not crafty. When my button falls off my shirt, I take it to the dry cleaners to have it sewn back on! Yes. Seriously. I don’t sew.
But I was recently invited to join a group of amazing women. (You know who you are!) We refer to ourselves as the Theme Weavers and once a month present a week long themed celebration of some kind of food. I like to call them the Fabulous 14! These women are truly special, creative and talented. And they really add to the fun of blogging for me.
Jeanne, of Inside NanaBread’s Head, recently celebrated a birthday. It was a big one. And we had to celebrate big! If you’ve never visited Jeanne’s blog, you simply must. You no doubt, will be hooked. She is pretty awe inspiring to me. Jeanne is one of those women who just does everything well. But her crafts, you will just adore! One in particular is her Felt Mice Photo Tutorial. So on Jeanne’s birthday, she received boxes of mice! 50 mice to be exact! And these were my contributions. . . . .
When I considered how to photograph my mice before I mailed them, I thought about laying all the mice into a pie plate and laying strips of ‘felt lattice pie crust’ over the top of them! I can’t help it. My humor runs dark. Fargo and Pulp Fiction are two of my favorite movies! Yes. Perhaps that would be a bit too cruel.
Here is the gang posing on a cake stand instead.
On a Saturday morning, I sat down at the dining room table at 9:30 am. I didn’t leave the table till I was finished with at least half of my mice at 11:30 pm! These are really easy to make. But remember. I don’t sew! So I was up and at it again bright and early Sunday morning.
Did I mention that I existed only on Coke Zero and Girl Scout Cookies for a day and a half?
We each picked a theme. I chose to do Mice Bakers. (I knew I’d have to work it into my blog somehow!) Here are my cast of dessert loving mice:
What’s a baker with out a rolling pin?
If you give a mouse a cookie: (I still have that book!)
Cotton Candy Girl:
One donut for me. One donut for Jeanne:
Who wants pie?
Baking is all about the Flour Power!
So there you have it! I laughed. I cried. I cussed. I shoved another girl scout cookie into my mouth. My glasses were on. My glasses were off. I stabbed myself countless times with the needle. I lost the needle. I cussed some more. But I thought of Jeanne. And I sewed my heart out!
Jeanne, your Felt Mice Photo Tutorial is great! And I’m sure a craft loving, sewing type person would whip up one of these mice in no time flat. It quickly became very addictive. And I was kind of sad to see my little buddies go. (I thought I heard them squeak as I left the UPS store.) But it was all worth it. Because it was for you!
If this project was a recipe, I’d absolutely give it 5 whisks! But since it’s not, I can only give you a thumbs up and a high five.
For more mice shenanigans, Jeanne documented the unwrapping, unveiling and unraveling of the many mice she received in her post The Mouse Project.
Warning: the production of these mice may be addictive for some. But be prepared to be inspired!