Got some ornament hangers and kits for a tiny bell and a tiny gift. I also got part of the tree done and just need to add branches. The instructions say:
[hdc,(in same stitch dc,tr,dc),hdc]
I don’t know how to do any of that shit. And I need to do it at three heights all the way around the tree. I scoffed at the video instructions and will now be desperately following them for the next, I dunno, hundred or so stitches. Wish me luck.
I finished the tree and learned double crochet and triple crochet. I do not like them, they hurt my hands. It’s probably because I crochet too tightly, as you can see by my tree. I also made the bell, that was fun. And got ornament hangers.
Then I remembered my distant friends and family were going to be sent cookies and crappy crochet projects and I was so, so far behind. So these will probably get done in January.
Christmas always lightens up after I get my boxes shipped out. I’ll be a bitch until then.
@Kyeh Yes, both of them. I just stumbled onto the Mandalorian calendar. But I’ve had my eye on the Wera for a few years. It usually sells out early in the season, so I’ve either missed it, or I wasn’t interested in the tool selection.
I did get the Irish Cream calendar I mentioned on another thread somewhere from Aldi.
Got it before Thanksgiving, and opened door one way back then (I’m only having like 1 every 5 days though, so since it only came with 12, should last me till xmas). I am opening them in order. So far Raspberry Cheesecake Irish Cream has been the best, and Sugar Cookie the least good.
We are doing Lego City this year, a Trader Joe’s chocolate advent that arrives as a gift from grandparents annually for the kiddo, and a new one called “Kiwi Crate” that will be a little wooden village+train set when it’s complete. Lots of little die-cut felt and lasered-out “insert tab A into slot B” pieces of printed cardboard and plywood. It’s great for the 6-year-old and we are keeping up ok so far. A few times we have fallen behind because of other commitments and then caught back up. I needed a place to play/display so I knocked together a “train table” with a trap door and pushed some furniture out of the way. Have been very surprised (again) at how much replay and imaginative play comes out of the Lego minifigs and a space to set them up and leave them out.
I sorta cheated on the table. That train is not the one from the Kiwi kit. It’s a Lego holiday train, sometimes we set it up under the Christmas tree. So after a few days of watching the child play with it on the floor, I used the track she assembled as a template to cut the table surface. The idea was she could pop up out of the “lake” in the table to play Lego train engineer where it was out of the way and we were not all stepping over it.
Now that the Kiwi stuff is half built it’s neat to see it all take shape around the track. Table is getting full! We talked about painting the pieces a few times, decided “not this year.” Right now we are actually a day behind. (Big family celebration yesterday.) Also, much to my consternation… she is scheduled for school all next week!! Late holiday break. So @sammydog01 we might tackle painting them after Christmas when there’s no school and “I’m so BORED” has started to settle in. Or maybe next year we can paint and reassemble the village. (Painting seems to always turn into a huge disruption for whatever else we plan to use the kitchen table for… like dinner! But we have outside space we can use if I set up some lights and chairs and a place for things to dry.)
The Kiwi activities have been great fun. My parents fund a monthly kit and she’s built a lot of really cool gizmos. I usually save them for when we have teenagers over because it gives them a project to do together - Charley is a very strong reader for her age but she wants to have an audience for when she’s tinkering, and her cousins (19 and 21, now) live next door so it’s become one of the things they do together. The company has been great to communicate with and all their monthly activities are delightful.
The advent kit was a little repetitive (trees a couple days, etc) but we are having fun. And the scale is not so far off between the Lego minifigs and the little Kiwi “peg people” so they’re all intermingled in the village and get played with. I don’t think she could make the sledding hill this year without a lot of help. But she has surprised me before!
Why are the slightly-morbid tableau always the ones that make me chuckle? One of the Kiwi peg-people was caroling and not watching where she was going so she ran over a minifig… this will all get rearranged later today, maybe a snowball fight or something!
@OnionSoup Glad she’s not the only slightly-morbid kid. I have fond memories of crashing lots of Hot Wheels cars into each other but I guess we didn’t have enough Lego wheels when we were kids to launch Lego cars off the stairs. My kid brother and I definitely tried floating Lego boats in the ducks’ bathtub when we were kids, though!
Used to have car “fights”. Hold one car in each hand and release them into each other. So they would smash together. Do it until one car is right side up and one flips. Winner is right side up… And they move to next round until one car is overall winner.
All my cars had chipped paint… But they all held up really well. Didn’t dent. One time one fell apart and I was horrified as the top and bottom came separated. I was horrified for a while.
@OnionSoup@sammydog01 THANKS I was captivated. Still love the smashy smashy. I wonder how much convincing I’ll have to do tonight to try “slow motion” on the iPhone and get my daughter to stage a train wreck