Remember Latch Hook?

by Stefani on 12-July-2007

We all woke up this morning with something of a hangover. (Don’t call CPS on me, I’m not being literal for goodness sakes) Last night’s fiasco still hung thick in their air, tainting our cranberry scones. (Not that I was hindered in wolfing them down, mind you)

I knew right away it was time to take corrective measures, get us back on track.

A quick trip to a local craft store sale, and we were on our way to busy hands and happy hearts.

Luke got his first ever latch hook kit.

Latchhook_2

Did you do these as a child? I did, and they make me smile even now. I don’t know what on earth you are supposed to do with a 12 X 12 rug, but does it matter really? Luke is thrilled with the project. It’s just his speed, filling in those little color coded squares.

James got a loom thingy.

Loom

And while he tires pretty quickly of the actual weaving, he finds that the loom itself has endless potential: one minute it’s a boomerang, then a guitar, a few minutes later, a super spy decoder grid. Meanwhile, I find that the little fabric stretchies are threatening to overtake our home. They are everywhere. I even found one up to some covert operations in the refrigerator. He’s doing time in my pocket for the offense.

As for myself, I’ve been meaning to try making fabric covered buttons after seeing them here.

Why not today?

Buttons

We crafted, then we swam, then we crafted some more. We had waffles for dinner in our underpants (them, not I, thank you) while Daddy was at a fishing tournament. Then they continued on with the crafting while I told them stories from our newest vintage reader.

Books

The other books are new finds too, and calling my name as we speak. A quiet house. Dreaming, still, young men. A happy day to report. A glass of wine and not one but TWO new (to me) books. Perfect.

So nice to know that when the bad days come, we get a do over in short order. New mercies every morning.

MollyB July 12, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Such a nice post. I’m now looking forward to tomorrow, as a fresh day-a do over day!

Leigh-Ann July 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm

-you’re such a good momma!
-those hot loops bring me way back
-i love your buttons! i’ve been keeping my eyes open for the sewing kits to make them, but with no luck. where’d you find yours? and if you say “hobby lobby” or “odd lots” i’ll scream. everyone finds stuff there, and we don’t have it.

brit July 12, 2007 at 11:37 pm

Sounds like it’s been a rough and hot week out there in the blogosphere, I know my kids are just driving me crazy and we have on two seperate days just given up getting anything done and just sat in the creek and watched the world go by….these are the days to slow down and try to keep the duct tape use at a minimum!!

EvaB July 13, 2007 at 5:01 am

Lovely comeback! Bravo for you!My sister and I made several of those 12 x 12 rugs when we were kids. We turned them into pillows,wallhangings and carpets for the dolls. I have loopies strewed alll over the backporch right now. The two yr old discovered them!!!

erin July 13, 2007 at 5:13 am

i was a latch hook addict as a kid! and the loom – i made tons and tons of potholders. the girls make them now, too.

glad your day was better:)

Molly July 13, 2007 at 7:54 am

I used to love latchhook too. We’ve had waffles one night a week this summer, usually eaten in our bathing suits. Love the buttons, especially the one with a single red balloon. It transports me back to elementary school, lights out, filmstrip running.

Molly July 13, 2007 at 7:55 am

I used to love latchhook too. We’ve had waffles one night a week this summer, usually eaten in our bathing suits. Love the buttons, especially the one with a single red balloon. It transports me back to elementary school, lights out, filmstrip running.

leslie July 13, 2007 at 9:37 am

ok, lots to comment on. yes, i loved latch hooking, so fun! the buttons look marvelous, was it hard to do? and then, uh… home cheesemaking? now that sounds interesting!

Sarah July 13, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Those buttons are so cute! I want to know how to do that. Looks like you had a much better day.

stephanie s July 15, 2007 at 9:26 pm

your buttons are wonderful…

beki July 19, 2007 at 12:44 pm

The latch hook and the loom bring back so many memories! Oh, how I loved to latch hook.

Steph July 19, 2007 at 1:37 pm

we had one of those latch hook kits made up beside the counter at my last job and it was so popular, people would just come and start patting it.
And making covered buttons is sooooo much fun!

kristin July 20, 2007 at 8:53 pm

oh, my eldest is also in the latch hook, pot holder phase…such wonderful memories…glad to have found your blog…

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