Sunday, December 13, 2009

Car accidents and crazy crafting...

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I know I've been absent from the blogging world for a few days, but things have been crazy around here. I was typing up a post Friday night when we got a phone call that my brother had had a car accident. It was his girlfriend's mom who was calling, and she said she thought everybody was okay. It happened just a mile or two from here, down a back country road. Cody and his girlfriend had been going to pick up her brother where he works, and they took the long way back. He was on Mom's car, because his is being worked on. He was going a little too fast (not legally speeding, but too fast for the curvy road) around a curve, coming down a hill, and he hit a ditch. The police officer said that car rolled between three and six times, and it's completely torn up. So everything was frantic and chaotic here Friday night. I was left here to pace the floor, answer the phone, which was ringing off the hook because news travels fast around here, and sit by the window waiting for some news. It's such a sickening feeling when you see the policeman fly up the road with his lights flashing and to hear the sirens and know where they're going. But even in those scary moments, I knew God was with me, and random reasons to thank Him kept coming to my mind. I was so upset that it was Mom's car that was total lossed instead of Cody's, because it wasn't her fault and she needs a car more than he does. But if had been on his car, the accident probably would have been worse. And of course there's the miracle that all three of them survived without any major injuries. It was a serious wreck. Cody hurt his shoulder, his girlfriend broke her nose and got bruised and scratched up, and her brother was pretty much fine. One of those strange things that can't be a coincidence happened yesterday when we went to where the wreck had happened. Mom wanted to get anything that had flew out of her car, and there was a little silver plastic coin that someone had been passing out at a store one day several months ago. On one side it has a Bible verse. Yesterday Mom found it lying in the dirt at the wreck site, and the other side, which was facing up, said "Where will you spend eternity?" I know that God has some purpose for allowing this terrible thing (that could have been so much worse) to happen now.
Apparently I craft well under stress, because I have been sewing like a lunatic this weekend (and Friday), working on Christmas presents. This is what I've done so far:

A crayon holder for Maya (the adorable little girl in this post). It has Disney princess crayons in it and a little princess notebook, which can go in it like that ^ or it can be used like this (which is really how the "crayon roll" is supposed to go):

Jackson loves Transformers, and I found this robot flannel on clearance at Joann's a while back. His turned out kind of weird, not as good as Maya's, for some reason. I wanted to use some kind of cute elastic cord to wrap around it, but I couldn't find what I was looking for so I had to go with plain elastic. I had originally planned the holder a little different, with a little pouch for the notepads, but things didn't go as planned.

Anyway, I think they're pretty cute. Maya and Jackson both love to color, so I think they'll come in handy at church and other places. Jackson has "Cars" crayons and notepad.

And then I made this for Jack the cat. It was completely free, which is good, because I'm not one of those people who spends money on gifts for their pets. The blue felt was left over from my poodle skirt and so was the rickrack tail. The eyes are rickrack, and my grandma gave me the stuffing.

I know the eyes are a little creepy, but that's okay. Jack will probably just chew them off anyway.

And here's my favorite thing. It's not a gift, it's for me. =) I saw one online a while back and thought it was adorable, and I didn't really like my plain tomato pincushion, so I made this:

It was pretty easy after I ran around the house trying to find objects to trace for the right sized circles. I ended up using the lid to a cookie jar and a Bath & Body spray thing. It's made from beige felt, with fushia pink felt "frosting," and old beads sewed on for sprinkles. My stomach was growing when I was making this. =)

Felt is my new best friend. I hated to put my pins in, because I felt like I was hurting it. Just look.

Until next time,
Kristin (missvintagegirl)


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  2. So sorry to hear about the accident. But glad everyone will be ok!

    Your Christmas gifts are wonderful. I have to try making the crayon rolls some time. I know my little ones would love them.

  3. I LOVE the pincushion! It's so cute! Is the felt expensive? I've been wanting to try needle felting.


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