It’s been a frenzy of activity here over the past weekend.

Felted wool egg shakers

More felted egg shakers - Available for sale soon!

I felted 15 sets of egg shakers on the weekend before running out of wool roving. Bummer. Luckily, that meant I could make a trip down to my favourite supplier Bilby Yarns to buy some new colours. Their 100% merino wool is just to die for – it is so soft and dyed in some stunning colours. Apparently the wool breeders have won Grand Champion in two of the categories at the Perth Royal Show. Means nothing to me but they nice guy in the store was pretty excited!

These eggs are going to going to be sold at the Perth Upmarkets and possibly some other upcoming Perth handcraft markets so keep your eyes out for the MillaRuby Designs stall. I think they are a bargain at $12/pair – don’t you?! (If you can’t wait for the markets, a few sets have been listed at the online store MillaRuby Designs)

Anyhoo, that’s enough self-promotion…….

So, while I waited to make the trip to buy more wool, I whipped up 4 pair of summer PJ shorts for Giles and one of his little buddies who is having his birthday weekend after next. I liked the mass-production, it felt a little like a sweat shop, without the sweating!

Aggghh! sorry these are upside down. I've imported this pic twice - not sure why wordpress is doing this to me??

I used Rebecca’s pattern for the shorts. She is selling a bunch of her summer ‘lounge’ pants & tops, also through the online seller MillaRuby Designs.

Rodeo Shorts & Top, on sale at MillaRuby Designs

These Rodeo pair have to be my favourite. If I’m lucky, Bec might just make Giles a pair of shorts for his birthday! Here’s hoping.

I’m off to get my hands wet & soapy and felt some more egg shakers. I have to make something for one of Giles’s girlfriends from daycare too, her birthday is this SUNDAY!! Hmmmm, still not sure what to make. What about some shirred dresses liked these. Think a 4 yr old will like them for the summer??

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My little felted egg-shaped noise makers turned out so well I used up all my remaining Easter eggs to make some more.

I’m loving this washing machine felting. Now I’ve run out of Easter eggs to felt, I’ll have to find another project. If you see anything, yell out.

While I had the washing machine cranked up to felt the jumper for the Sally Bag, I thought I would try felting using my wool roving. I was going to make some felt balls but then thought I would use all those left over Easter eggs to try to make a shaker. Both kids have loved the plastic egg-shaped rattle we have. I think it is small enough to hold and light enough to easily shake, and let’s face it – my kids love to make noise!

I used THIS tutorial to prepare the eggs. I filled the eggs with either little seed beads or metal paperclips before joining the two halves with sticky-tape. I would have used glue but I’ve list my hot glue gun (how does that happen??). I then threw my stocking-wrapped eggs in the washing machine with my woolen jumpers. I put the front-loader on for a 60 degree short wash with a rinse and hold (ie. No spin).

All I had to do was remove them from the stocking, and let them air dry. How EASY was that!!

Giles has been using them to play skittles, or ‘scuttles’ as he called it and Tilly has been shaking her groove thing and helping me photograph them.

They are so easy to make and will make great gifts for the many wee ones we know.

Next stop, felt balls….

Although I’m guilty of it too, it makes me a wee bit sad to see someones beautiful crochet/knitting/craft being carted around in a reusable shopping bag. They do have their uses people, but a Coles bag should be kept for the supermarket!

After Auntie Sally came by last week to help watch the kids while I sewed up the baby bibs & another gift (in drafts to be posted soon!) with her beautiful crochet blanket in said grocery bag I thought I should remedy this.

VoilĂ ! The ‘Sally ‘Bag’. Take one felted 100% pure Australian wool jumper, chop-chop-chop-it, embellish and there you have it. A roomy rather gorgeous bag ready for her next project.

I got all my inspiration for this design from this beautiful bag.

I said to Mark that I have problems letting go of many of my crafting endeavors and this one is particularly difficult as I’ve fallen in love with it as it came together. We’re off to Dad’s for lunch today so I had better drop it off to Sally before I find it filled with my crochet project!