I got the loveliest bouquet of flowers at work on Monday, looky here!
Aren't they gorgeous? They're from a co-worker (who, by the way, has got to be one of the coolest moms, ever) in our Albany office. She thought I deserved a little extra something because a matter that required my immediate attention came up after I had gotten home on Friday night, and I had to head back out and work a little later. A thank you would have done the trick...I was completely floored when I saw the delivery guy with the flowers. And they came in such a lovely cup, and with a matching saucer (I think the graphics are Kinkade reproductions), to boot! I definitely owe her a nice thank-you gift.
Look familiar? It's an Amish puzzle ball, or katamari. I've also seen them called baby "grab" balls. They're basically three tapered, pointed ovals sewn together and stuffed, and then joined in groups of four. A great tutorial is available here. I've always thought that they were absolutely beautiful, so, naturally, I jumped at the oportunity to make my own.
I initially wanted to purchase some sage green or lavender buttons to decorate the ball, but these gold ones really caught my eye. You can't see them so well in the photograph, but the center consists of a cluster of gold-colored rosebuds. I think they have just the right amount of sparkle...just looking at them makes me happy.
I carried the cut-out oval pieces, a bit of stuffing, and a needle and thread along with me in a little bag, and have been hand-sewing the pieces together during my subway commute. It's the perfect little project to carry around for some fly-by crafting. I've been warned that making them is addicting...and I've got to admit that I'm awfully tempted to make a whole slew of them (picture one of those ball bounce attractions for kids...but full of puzzle balls instead of those solid-colored plastic balls). Bwahahahahah!