My day ended covered in icing. Always, when I make the birthday cakes, since the parties are usually on Sundays, I bake on Thurs, dirty-ice on Fri and decorate on Sat. So today was decoration day. I knew better than to risk starting to make my buttercream while the boys were up, but I wasn’t worried about getting a late start because of how much I got done being home yesterday.
In the afternoon my neighbor brought her 7-month-old daughter over for us to babysit, and my boys had a BLAST playing with her. She was seated in her Bumbo like a princess on a throne, and the boys didn’t stop parading in front of her trying to make her laugh. First Jakob would do somersaults across the room, then Henri broke in with a guitar solo, and Jakob wouldn’t be outdone, so he grabbed some maracas and got in on the performance. It was a riot.
Luckily she practically put herself to sleep just before the boys went down, and I was able to get to work on the cake. But I forgot to take pics with my cell, and my camera isn’t with me at the moment, so instead of cake pics, here’s an update on the holiday gifts for the boys’ daycare teachers.
This is what each teacher (5 in total) got. A red platter, topped with a back scrubber, a crocheted chain-8 dishcloth, a crocheted soap-saver bag with a scented bar of soap inside, and a crocheted bath puff, all wrapped up in cellophane and tied with a ribbon of red yarn.
The chain-8 and bath puff are the standard patterns I’ve been using for years, and are linked from the projects on my Rav pages. The soap saver I just made up on the spot, and is basically just a sc1-ch1 pattern around, with a drawstring near the top. All was done with 2 shades of holiday Bernat Handicrafter cotton, plain white Handicrafter, and a 4mm crochet hook.
I’ve made these as teacher gifts before, but both my boys are with new teachers now so none of these 5 have received this gift before, so I didn’t mind recycling the idea. The daycare owner, however, has already received this gift, so I needed to come up with something new. She also happens to be pregnant, and due with a little boy any day now. So she got this:
It’s 2 shades of Bernat Baby Coordinates from my stash, worked in a simple granny square, using a 4mm crochet hook. I would have liked to have gone bigger, but it was late, she was leaving on mat leave the next day, and my hand was starting to cramp into a claw.