With the help of the awesome random number generator, we've got a winner of the wrist pincushion.
Cassandra of Dandelion Bones!
Thank you for all your lovely comments - it was truly a pleasure to read about the Billy Vance's in your lives. In fact, my mom and I were chatting on the phone about some of the comments the other day. We both loved Rhea's comment about humans being like hens, our mouths like beaks. Having watched a lot of people and a lot of hens, I concur.
When I pulled the carrot seen above, I couldn't help but think of the comment from ... : "if you let the baby stand up like that he'll be bull-legged".
I stumbled upon some beautiful ribbon the other day and plan to make several more wrist pincushions. I haven't done the whole Etsy thing for a while, but I'm considering setting up a little shop with a few handmade items. We'll see how much I can accomplish this weekend.
I found a great post from MooMama (thanks to her comment on yesterday's paper crane post) about 100 Fun, Frugal Things To Do With The Kids. So many great ideas! I was inspired to do something new, fun and frugal with the three girls at my house today.
We made maple sugar. Avery has been asking me for weeks to buy maple sugar from the spice lady at the farmer's market, but with cherries, berries and stone fruits in season, I'm hesitant to blow a chunk of my budget on a small jar of maple sugar. But with a surprisingly small amount of maple syrup, we were able to make our own jar of maple sugar while having fun in the kitchen with friends.
I'm sure this activity will be remembered long after we run out of maple sugar.
I have many more fun and frugal summer activities to share with you next week. I plan on starting a new list on the sidebar of all the fun things we do, complete with links to the instructions when available.
I wish you all a safe, fun (and hopefully frugal) holiday weekend!