Craft Night

Craft Night

My girls wanted to do crafts while the men were at their church meeting. What a great way to spend some time together. I’ve turned the extra kitchen in our basement into a craft room and this was the first time we’ve done something together since I got it organized. We had lots of fun.
Harvest Wreath


Ruby Giveaway

Kami Adamson is the winner of the Ruby Crown. Congratulations!This post is dedicated to my sister Saundra’s family in memory of little Ruby Jane. This sweet little baby stayed such a short time on earth and then return to her Heavenly Father with her great grandpa. Ruby came into a great family. Her great grandmother, my sister Saundra means so much to her children and to all of her siblings and their children. She has given us all love and good advice. She has helped us in many times of need. Here is a picture of her with me. I’m the baby in this picture.

To honor Ruby’s life, her mother Kristin has put together a service giveaway. I kept thinking I would like to help, but knew that Kristin would have many friends who would be involved. So I didn’t contact Kristin.  But I had some ruby colored beads that kept telling me they needed to be made into a crown in honor of Ruby. So I made this floral piece.

Kristin can use this as a bonus giveaway. To enter please comment and tell me one act of service that you have done this week OR you can tell me how Kristin and Jared have been an example to you, OR tell me something special about Saundra. If you choose to do all three, I will give you three entries. Make sure you leave your e-mail address so I can contact the winner. The giveaway will end on Monday, October 29.

Here is the link to Kristin’s blog and more about the giveaway.

Giant Hamburger

Here’s Mark’s most recent project. I don’t know where he got the idea, but he decided to make a hamburger pillow. It’s made up of a lot of smaller pillows, plus a squiggle of mustard and a splat of ketchup.

There is a hamburger patty, a slice of cheese, lettuce and a tomato sandwiched between two buns. It’s over two feet wide.


ET the Extra Terrestrial

One Giant Stuffed Animal CreatureI don’t know what it is with us Soderborgs, but sometimes we get carried away. (See Mark’s very big hamburger or Drew’s giant nutcracker.) This s a stuffed animal I made for Drew for Christmas when he was about three. I used a pattern for a Halloween costume. I actually just found a picture of the McCall’s pattern which I’m posting here. I had to make adjustments to adapt it from a costume and mask to one piece. I think I had to create a neck. It was so big it was really difficult to get enough stuffing for it. We were pretty poor then. I bought some batting, but we couldn’t afford to buy all I needed. So the very inside of ET is filled with foam, old sock, and rags, clean, of course.

Tile picture

Catherine and I tried our hand at making tile pictures. I chose to use some Debbie Mum stickers and cut outs and a favorite poem. (If I could do life over, I would be Debbie Mum). I love the hyacinths and the teapots and I was really happy with how it turned out. This is not a project I would do more than once. If the goop doesn’t pour just right, you have a mess. I did get one bad spot on my picture and I tried to cover it up.  Can you see the mistake?

Hmm, maybe if I couldn’t be Debbie Mum, I would be Holly Hobby.

Gingerbread House

Once when our children were small Mark and I decided to enter a gingerbread contest in a national magazine.  I think it’s funny looking back. We had never done anything like this before and that didn’t seem to stop us. Here is our first and only attempt at a gingerbread house.
The  cloud in the backgroung was a soft sculpture we make for a display for the PTA. That’s a whole other story.

Bird Tree & Bird Baths

We bought this clump of trees several years ago.  I wanted to make a “natural tree” with birds and earthy things.  Every year I added some decorations to it but it never seemed to be enough. I used lots of eucalyptus,   grapevine, holly, berries, birds and bird nests. When we moved to Salt Lake and into our little condo we had no place to store it. It lived in the bedroom with us for several months. 

I decided to donate it to the Festival of Trees.  I had the young women in our ward help me add ribbon and some more decorations as a service project and donated it from our young women’s group.
It needed something to make it special so I made these bird baths. I thought they were adorable.  They are made of clay pots glued together. The circles are wood pieces I bought at Roberts.  I painted them and did some antiquing on the small one. I should make some more of these.