Just like everyone else on the planet (hopefully since this has got to stop), we’ve been staying home. It’s not completely different from how things are usually (I love being home), it’s just a little more intense…
Of course, as usual, there are the regular, run of the mill things to take care of (with a little extra childcare) but there are also some good new habits I’ve been developing. For one, we’ve been cooking a lot more (which I’ve been wanting to do for a while) and I’m completing little projects I’ve had on my list.
Since I’m not going out, finding new old things to work with or transform isn’t an option, so I’m digging a little deeper into what I already have.
Over a year ago, I bought a nice little wooden cube shaped box produced in 1955, for Lipton tea, to add to my daughter’s play kitchen (I love natural materials and of course, to recycle). We recently played with the empty tea box, and I thought about filling it with real tea bags to make the play more fun. Preferring not to waste tea (plus I don’t think the bags would age well), I decided to make some out of felt (we have some felt play food from Ikea which is quite charming). So, out came the tea bags to be used as a pattern and then, material hunting began.
I had some felt squares from the dollar store as well as the little ribbons that came from the shoulder are of my blouses (to help them stay on the hanger when put away). I always take these off as I hate being tickled by them when I wear my clothes (I don’t know if they’re meant to be removed or not), but of course they’re such lovely little ribbons, I always keep them. Now for stuffing….. I had an old cushion I no longer wanted so, I simply opened it up to use its insides.
I traced out a paper template of the tea bag (a bit smaller than an actual one), and away I went, cutting and sewing with tiny stitches, by hand.
My daughter became pretty excited when she saw the first few and immediately asked for seven of them (I am always fascinated by how precise and definite children are when requesting such seemingly random things or quantities). Anyhow, since I’m not going anywhere soon, I made seven of them 🙂