Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"So Impressive!"

My 5-year-old granddaughter Chloe and her 2 1/2 year old sister Anastasia called me yesterday, upon receipt of their shopping bag full of Felt Food!.

Chloe called me right away and said, "Grandma, it is so impressive!" (yes, that's really how she speaks!) It's great to be appreciated. My son and his wife are careful about toys coming to stay in their home - no Chinese plastic permitted, not too many pieces ( Legos are an exception...) and no junk. But he knows I've figured out how to get around the limits - this gift is NOT plastic, reinforces healthy eating and it's handmade. They have to keep it!

They loved the sushi and the cookies and the veggies.

And the pretzels.

I used an expandable onion bag, added a fun-felt collar and drawstring so they have a usable holder for the small items.

I also made a shopping bag from old plastic grocery sacks, fused together with an iron. (Be sure to sandwich the plastic sheets between paper before ironing!!)

All in all, a great result from my Felt Food experiments. I'll be teaching how to do this type of Felt Food at classes offered at Eclectics Gallery - an artists' cooperative in Kansas City. Students will get hands-on experience, will make some food in class and receive a set of patterns for a wide variety of fruits, veggies and other yumies.

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