Just like Toad from Wind In The Willows, "I have a new mania." For over two years now I have had an intense desire to make felt food. It all started from a chance encounter with a felt slice of pumpkin pie that I found on the internet and then grew to Captain Nemo-like proportions upon seeing a felt banana. I. Must. Make. Felt. Food. The only things I had standing between me and my Martha Stewart Dreams were the fact that you have to go to a craft store or Wall Mart in order to get felt, and you must have at least 5 minutes with which to, in a sane manner, pick out colors for your food items, and I have had four kids with me AT ALL TIMES. Have you ever taken four kids to the craft store? They start out just as sweet as cream as they point out all the fun things they see. But this isn't the toy isle in K-Mart, and I will not let them pull everything out to play with it. Therein lies the rub my friends. Suddenly everything is boring to them and they just want to go home and they make sure that you, and everyone else in the store, knows it. I usually end up running for the door with a few things that I managed to grab from the check stand displays and crawl home in utter defeat, only to realize that I once again am without my precious colors of felt. So, what has changed, you ask? Did I sell my soul to the Devil? No, no, no. I actually found someone who is willing to exchange babysitting with me... on a regular basis.... I'm so happy I could cry!!! I watch her kids for a few hours on Monday and she returns the favor on Thursday. Last Thursday I spent a heavenly, quiet, relaxed hour and a half at Michael's Craft store and came home with two bags full of perfectly planned projects, and one of those bags was full of my variously hued felt. Thus far I have whipped up two spears of broccoli, two carrots, two hot dogs in buns, half a dozen pink frosting sugar cookies, and I am currently working on 6 slices of double layer chocolate cake with white frosting and strawberries on top (this is my piece de resistance). Next I plan to make some frosted doughnuts, some cupcakes, maybe a sandwich or hamburger set... the possibilities are endless. I will just keep sewing until a new mania hits me, which I'm hoping will be the paintings I am planning for the kids' bedrooms.
P.S. No, these are not photos of my felt food (curse my camera/computer issues) but if you click on them you will be taken to sites of people who are far craftier than I who can inspire your crafty minds.