Making the kids make ornaments again

It's that time of year again, when the kids are put to work to make yet more ornaments for the tree.  This year's inspiration came from these guys. Theirs are cooler, but I a) don't have a scroll saw and b) don't trust my kids to use my drill.  So, instead of cutting our own circles we used wooden doll bodies for some of them and various sizes of wooden toy wheels for the others.  Add in some #8-32 x 3" machine screws, some #8-32 hex nuts and some #8-32 wing nuts and you've got yourself some tree ornaments.
I may not post here very often, but I do have an Instagram account that I sometimes post to: @uklassinus  I won't promise anything, but one of my New Year's resolutions will be to post more craft stuff there.
I hope that you all have a very Happy Christmas!  Take care and best wishes for 2016!

Horrible ticks

A whole year?  

Well, it was a tick bite.  They tested me for a couple of tick-borne things - it wasn't Lyme Disease, but another test did come back positive.   It's been a year and a half of attacks of joint pain and fatigue etc., with a few weeks in between of trying to catch up on all the stuff that I let slide while feeling under the weather.  I hopeful that it's improving.  We'll see.

So, less time for crafting, but I haven't been completely idle.  There's a few projects in the works.  I'm always best with a deadline, though.  So, out of the few things that have been finished, the kids made sure that the Halloween costumes were one of them.
Vampires.  They wanted to be zombies, but I didn't think that my make up skills would be up to the task.  Pretty sure that I was right about that, given my attempts to draw blood drips.  You'll have to take my word for it that the dark circles around the eyes didn't turn out too badly, though.  Covering up dark circles would be more of a useful skill around here, mind...
Also did my last chalk drawing for the school's Halloween night photo backdrop.  Can't believe that my youngest will be off to a new school next year... Sob.
Her teacher decided that they would also be doing a book report in costume that Friday, too, so another quick costume was needed.  I'll admit that I put pressure on my daughter to pick a book that would only need an easy costume.  Her report was to the 3rd Graders, so Malory Towers it was.  After digging out my old school tie and finding a straw boater, all I had to make was the pinafore (in the wrong colour, but I don't think that many Americans are familiar with Enid Blyton, so I think we got away with it)
I'm a little worried that I have so much fabric in my stash that I didn't have to buy any for any of the costumes.  I might have a stash problem.  The red panel on the vampire dress was a little wider than planned, mind - it turns out that my daughter has grown in the last year.  Who knew?  A little nerve wracking, sewing with no margins to spare after all this time, but it felt good to get back in the saddle again.  As for blogging, we'll see.