This time of the year, I just can't seem to stay warm. I walk around all day holding a warm cup of coffee or tea...a habit I brought back from living in Wisconsin. Before bed I sit in a hot bath and then get my pj's on as quickly as I can and cover up under our down duvet.
Our house is not old, but it still has the builder's grade (read that really, really cheap) windows which are not very energy efficient. New windows are on our list of house updates now that we have a new roof. I was sitting in my favorite chair a few nights ago and could just feel the drafts of cold air coming in around one of our big picture windows. Just crazy amounts of air coming in.
So, some draft dodgers were in order for sure...especially after seeing the cute one Blair made here.
Yesterday the older two were on a 2 hour delay getting to school, which meant no school for Wyatt. So he and I made 6 of them. Martha's tutorial calls for using recycled cat litter for stuffing, but we used sand and when we ran out of sand, we used rice. This makes them heavier, but I think it also makes a tighter "seal" not to mention much cheaper.
Scout loves them. She seems to think we were thoughtful enough to make her pillows to rest her chin while she points out the new birds visiting our feeders.
As much as I love color, I am trying to use more neutral colors lately for things that I want to be around for a long time. So, I used leftovers from the linen drop cloth projects and then hand drew a faux bois pattern or hand tacked cream colored doilies.
Wyatt made one for the window next to his bed. He spent at least 20 minutes drawing the pattern on the snake's back...red spot in the center, black circle, green circle. It was an easy, fast fun project that I could do with one monkey attached to my leg. Exactly what I'm looking for in a sewing project these days.
Oh, and after I finished ours, I found this one by Danielle Smeets using Lotta fabric might just send me back to the sewing machine for more.
Here's to staying a bit warmer. Off to go warm my cup of tea up for the third time.