You Know You’ve Been a Bad Blogger When…

…Your own mother suggests that you should post something already. Yikes, I am just riddled with guilt over this- Has it really been almost two weeks? Final exams consumed my brain and free time, forcing me to abandon all conscious thought that didn’t involve either statistics or “logic” (Which, in case you were considering signing up for, is the worst class EVER. You would be better off sticking your head in the ground and seeing how many earth worms crawled up your nose in the course of a semester instead.) But anyway… School’s out for the summer, I’m back at home with my lovely family and kitchen, and the dust has begun to settle again. Thanks go out to all of the sweethearts who left comments and worried emails about my disappearance; I promise not to do it again!

Besides the mind-numbing studying and essay writing for my finals, the worst part of the whole ordeal was having absolutely no time for myself. It got to a point where I couldn’t even spare 30 minutes to go run down to the grocery store and pick up food, let alone cook it. I ate far more saltine crackers than I’d care to admit, and I’d be perfectly happy to never ingest another one again. In the minutes between classes, my mind would wander to getting something better to eat, and thus translated into a creative outlet- If I couldn’t have delicious food inside my fridge, I would just have to put it on the outside!

Although it didn’t do much to sooth my stomach, their smiling faces did cheer up my otherwise stressful and frustrating days. I want to share a bit of that happiness with you guys, because I can’t thank you enough for your patience and kindness. It’s a very simple craft that kids might enjoy as well, so I hope you will do likewise and share around. They’re so easy to make, even a rushed college student in the middle of finals can finish them!

First of all, download the template and print it out. Cut all of the pieces out and grab some felt.

For the apple, orange, and pear, cut 1 leaf out of light green and cut 2 of the main body out of the appropriate color of felt. Embroider a face into on one of the main pieces. Use a whip stitch to sew both pieces together, right sides out, and add just a tiny bit of stuffing in between. When you come to the top, stick in a short scrap of brown or green yarn for the stem and the leaf right next to it. Sew them in as you go around the perimeter of the shape. Tie it off, bury the knot, and use either hot glue or crazy glue to attach a magnet to the center of the back. Let dry.

For the banana, cut 2 of both the banana peel and main body. Embroider a face into one piece of the main body, and then sew to the other using a whip stitch, right sides out, with a tiny bit of stuffing in the middle. Take the peel pieces and sandwich the main body in the middle, and sew around the edges of the peel. Stitch the peel across the body where it covers it to attach, tie tightly and bury the knot. If desired, cut two tiny rectangles of brown felt and glue them to the very bottom to make a “stem.” Glue two small magnets to the back (so that it isn’t unbalanced or falls off your fridge) and let dry.

41 thoughts on “You Know You’ve Been a Bad Blogger When…

  1. Hey these are great! I love little felty projects & this is super fun & easy- and oh my dog don’t feel bad about not blogging -everyone needs a break & we still love you!

  2. Hannah!! So glad to see you posting again, my friend :0) PLEASE make time for yourself, now that school is over!! Hope to hear from you soon.

  3. These are soooo cute! I’m glad to see you are okay. I was beginning to worry myself but I knew you were busy with school. Thank you mom for us! :)

  4. Oh, an update! I get so happy when you have done a new post, but I understand that you are busy with school and stuff.
    Hope you are doing ok with the exams!

    Cute fruits. I will make them another day, when Im not this tired. :)

  5. Welcome back, and congratulations on completing all the exams/essays. (We all go through crazy-busy phases. . . no need to apologize!). Hope you enjoy every minute of a glorious summer. :)

  6. Glad to hear you have some time to rest ^-^ I remember exams, whew. And yeah, Stats….blech.

    Very cute felt fruits!

  7. I’m glad you’re back! Hopefully you’re feeding yourself lots and lots of yummy food to make up for finals week.

    Logic class sounds killer – in a bad way. Yuck. But those little fruity guys look so happy and cheerful and just too cute!

  8. Aw what cute little fruit! Congratulations on being done your exams! It hasn’t quite sunk in for me yet. I look forward to seeing what you create this summer. :)

  9. I love these little guys! And I still have a load of felt left from trying to make the bunnies for a month or so ago, so this is a definate project to do next week!

  10. Is there anyway of getting the pattern to print out a little smaller? It won’t all fit on a piece of A4 as it prints out huge, and I would have an orange about 5 inches across!

  11. No worries! The same thing happened to me over the past two weeks with finals and everything…the blogging thing is not as easy as it looks :) I hope you did well with finals and I am looking forward to some yummy recipes!

  12. I’m so glad you update! I thought you just had school work to do! I LOVE your idea! Thanks!

  13. those fruits are so cute, hannah! i’m glad all your school stuff is done — i know i’m loving summer break! : )

  14. I’m glad you’re back, I thought it might be school. the blogosphere (egads, did I just use that word?) isn’t nearly as cute or eloquent without you. I’d make you food if I could, cracker free! ^_^

  15. Awww cute! These kinds of posts always inspire me to go buy some materials and make something cool! I’ll have to post about my crocheting adventure one day, of which you’re partly responsible!!
    Enjoy the summer whilst in lasts!

  16. it’s strange how i’m getting time to blog prolfically (and opened a new blog) with university exams 3 weeks away. when the blogging bug bites, well, haha….
    btw, the post was featured at wordpress main page. *claps*

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