Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Feel the fear. Do it anyway.

I rarely have pattern ideas drifting around in my head anymore.  Mostly because I think there isn't room for them with all the rest of life rushing by me.  The other day, however, I was trying to decide what to make for the Bug and his two cousins for holiday gifts.  Because we all get together for Thanksgiving, I always need to get a jump on these things.  And this year especially because I am working so much outside of the house. 
The Bug has a new, wonderful, fascination with stickers and markers.  Senor and I now can sit through dinner and chat or enjoy the food (imagine!) if we have a sheet of stickers handy.  Markers are more interactive, often requiring one of us to be directly involved.  But still, generally a quiet, low banging activity that can last ten or more minutes.
On our upcoming Thanksgiving trip we will be spending more than 24 hours in the car total.  Twenty six I think.  Le sigh.  We love all you people and can't wait to see you.  But that is a lot of hours in the car with a 2 year old.
I came up with something which I think will help both issues.  The idea isn't original, but I did go ahead and buy my own supplies and draft the pattern myself.  Amazingly, it worked perfectly.  I made three without much more effort than one would have taken.  Two days of concerted effort.  Three amazing, useful gifts for little boys.
There are a couple finishing touches and then I will share final pictures.  Here is a sneak peek.



barefoot mama said...

That is a long time in the Car with a little one. We took Niyah to New York from Texas when she was 9mo old. On the way back she got a stomach bug..haha! NEVER again!! We have made a few trips to Nashville with all three kids but that is as far as we have gotten. Hope it goes really well and I can't wait to see photos of your finished project:) ~ Barefoot Mama

AlisaRock said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post originally but I'm glad I took the time to browse through. Nice!

My mom and dad took up on many a 22 hour long car ride to get to... Kentucky, Vermont, Maine, Tennessee. You name it. (Except Florida. Hmmm.) I think it makes you a good traveler as an adult. Unless you get car sick easily like Rachel. (She always rode in the front seat.)