Monday, June 16, 2008

Sr. Mary's presents

Anony Joyce e-mailed me today to remind me that I hadn't updated my blog. Thanks Joycie!

I didn't work on my CRW at all this weekend. I just wasn't in the mood for all that afghan-on-my-lap action. I worked on small projects instead. Pi finishes school tomorrow and I wanted to give her teacher a little something. She's been a good teacher and really got Piper into tip-top shape as far as handwriting and organization.

But what do you make for a nun?

Pi told me that Sr. Mary is a fan of stuffed frogs and has quite a few in the classroom, including Frankie, a stuffed frog that went home with each child at some point during the year. I found some great frog patterns but I only had a small ball of green, so I decided to wing a small one. He's just about 3" tall.

His head is a little big but I like him like this. I want to tweak him a bit before writing up the pattern to make his eyes a bit smaller and his front legs a little longer so he'll sit easier. I'll also use lighter green next time so his features are easier to see. Even with the imperfections, I like him.

Sr. Mary also likes writing, so I made a flower pen and bought a notepad to go with it. The stem and backing are from Planet June's daffodil pattern and the flower is from Crochet Pattern Central. Pi says the pen is ugly. She might be right.

I also made a thread bookmark. Its my first thread project...wootwoot! I used THIS pattern. I didn't have the right hook size so I just used the smallest I had. Since it was bigger than what was called for, I only made the middle as per the pattern and just made shells around for a border. Its far from perfect, but I'm thrilled I worked with thread. I coated it with an equal parts glue/water mixture to harden it a bit. It dried with a nice sturdy finish.

We also got her a small gift card to Borders. She's a big reader and we thought it was a nice way to treat her. Its not much, but we wanted to express our thanks.

I also worked on my swap project for this month. My swap partner doesn't know who she is, so I can't even say her name. Sneaky sneaky!


Bezzie said...

That's one lucky sister!

Laurah said...

Aw, the frog is so cute! I can't wait for the pattern!
I really like the flower pen. The orange flower looks nice with the green stem. Not ugly!

Zuleika said...

That frog is so cute! She'll be thrilled to receive all these goodies from you. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love love love everything (of course)! The frog is adorable and the book mark is beautiful. The pen looks like some animated character and I can not think of the name. Like it can start dancing around. She is one lucky teacher. My teachers were lucky to get a high five on the way out the door :) Anony Joyce

Laura said...

Wow, those are very nice gifts!

I disagree with Pi - the pen is cute. : ) The frog and bookmark look great too!

I'm surprised Pi gets out of school so late - my daughter (also at a Catholic school) finished on June 5th. Our city public schools got out on the same day, or the day after.

You know, my daughter's school is down to only one nun (she works in the library) and she's got to be at least 80 years old. The rest of the staff and teachers and the principal are all lay people.

Lesalicious said...

Oooo I believe Pi's teacher going to totally love all that you made. Loving that cute frog. Great job on all those.:)

Anonymous said...

Everything is adorable, and congrats on your first thread crochet project! You did great!!

Lady Kai said...

I love your froggie! I'm jealous of the sister! the flower pen is too pretty and hey i love the book mark too! is it okay to be jealous of a nun...feels not