Saturday, September 18, 2010
Play Play Play Day
This morning I woke up totally in the mood to sew. Maria and I both have WIPs, and then I stumbled on new sewing inspiration at Angry Chicken, where Amy Karol has a terrific tutorial for making snack bags. I have a love-hate relationship with ziplock bags.
Sew... Maria and I have a couple of projects already started, like our Get Well Quilt, and some embroidery. Maria's flower, and my girl sewing were temporarily lost in the mid-week shuffle, and a whole week passed without any stitching. This morning she and I picked up where we left off, adding more to our little drawings. I love that she still enjoys it, and still knows when to set it down and take a break.
This entire fat quarter stash came from my mom, last Christmas. Thank you Mommy! I kept them intact, happy to look at the colors and patterns, and contemplate the possibilities. I knew they would be great for Amy's snack bags. And Maria was happy to sit with me pulling off stickers, and preparing the fat quarters for a spin in the washer. I wanted to be sure to shrink the fabric before turning them in to handy little ziplock savers.
Washed the fabric, added them to the dryer, cut the rectangles, and made these easy-peasy bags. They close with a fold over flap, and were so easy to make, I already have six.
I can make three bags from one fat quarter. You saw my stash... I can make a lot of bags. I'll need a lot to get me through a week's worth of lunches for four, but I think I will be able to make a few gifts too. Fun.
And while I was stitching, I had the pleasure of listening to William and Maria in the kitchen, doing Science! There were a lot of calls from the kitchen:
"Do we have bottles?"
"Where do we keep the vinegar?"
"Is there any food color?"
"Can we melt these candles?"
William and Maria made several experiments with baking soda and vinegar, one that blasted all the way to the ceiling... outside! And by the time Geoff came home, they were preparing a baking soda and vinegar rocket!
They isolated the baking soda, under a wax seal, and created a trigger with the string... lifting off the wax seal would introduce the vinegar, and the resulting pressure would send the mix through the small hole in the cap.
Who's going to hold rocket, and who is going to pull the cord?
The real aim was to satisfy Maria's appetite for being a scientist, and of course we all enjoyed the fun. A lot of pressure built up in the bottle, and the noise and spray were quite satisfying indeed.
Hey, the day isn't over. What else can we do? What more play?