This past weekend we had some really nice temperatures mid 40s to high 50s, but with it came rain. It didn’t matter to me I grabbed the umbrella and headed out. The air was fresh, and the sights were amazing. The streams were overflowing and moving rapidly. Some of the sidewalks and areas of the roads were flooded due to the combination of melting snow, yes we had that much, and two days of rain. Here are my favorite pictures from my outing.
I had a few last minute items to finish up as well, including a gift for my youngest granddaughter. It was based on this idea found on pinterest.
This was a piece of fabric in which colored felt was glued on. I liked the concept but didn’t think felt would hold up to long repeated use. If I am going to take the time to make something I would like to make it to last. To be passed from one child to another or even from one generation to another. This was how I grew up. My baby crib and high chair was handed through family members until the day I shared the news I was expecting my first child. No one knew who had these pieces until my great-aunt offered them to me. They had been given to her for the grandchildren. You have to be careful with cribs, but mine was fine and met regulations. Any way, I got off the subject there.
So in wanting to create a hopscotch mat I rummaged through what I already owned. I had a large piece of drop cloth which was left over from making a set of curtains for the front window and a curtain to close off the area under the counter. I found a thin piece of cardboard the perfect size to make the squares, although mine are more rectangular, and then began to mix paints.
Once I had all the paint was dry I gave it a light sanding, painted fabric will often feel like sandpaper and tht wouldn’t be fun for little feet. Then I stenciled the numbers. Wanting to add more details, I pulled out some children’s stencils I keep here and began to randomly add letters all over the fabric using different colored sharpies (these I found when a neighbor moved out so no cost to me). Once I began to add the letters I realized adding a few random words throughout for the little one to find and begin to recognize made sense. I added her name, mom, dad, and princess which is her latest obsession (Sofia the first being her favorite).
A simple hem around the edges was all it needed to finish it off. This took me 2 days because it was large and I didn’t want to risk having a lot of wet paint should I receive company, but it was well worth the time. This will hold up for a very long time. It is machine washable, non-toxic, and can be used indoors or out. If you decide to make one and use it on bare floors I would recommend a rug pad so it doesn’t slide for safety sake.