A Homemade Christmas Week #2: Felt Play Food

This is my week #2 contribution to SimplyVintage Girl's A Homemade Christmas meme. As I stated in my week #1 post , I don't normally participate in memes but this one is easy for me and I love the mission given by Emily Rose on her blog:
Through this, I hope we can inspire and encourage one another in our preparation to celebrate...the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Week #2: Felt Play Food 

A couple years ago, we had to get rid of our play kitchen. It had been damaged and didn't make the cut during our move. It was plastic with pink and purple accents and accessorized with plastic in every color of the rainbow and some more besides. I decided then that if the girls ever got another kitchen that it would be something I could put in my living room without adding to the feeling of a day care center. I have nothing against plastic (in fact, I am a huge fan, particularly of those little Ziploc containers) but my preference is for toys that inspire with their natural loveliness.

Last month, my daughter received her new kitchen as a birthday present. Handcrafted by a local craftsman, Jim Kelley (the same generous genius who lovingly made a burial box for our little Matthew), this kitchen is everything I dreamed of for her.

And now I'm making food for Christmas. My humble beginnings are pictured above. Cherry pie, Christmas cut-out cookies, eggs, lettuce and tomato (for an in-progress sandwich), strawberries, and a pink frosted donut. Not pictured is a stack of felt, cut and uncut, about a foot high that is waiting for my sewing machine to come out of it's temporary retirement. The drywall sanding is now complete and the making of the food will commence!!! My plan is to have a basket full by Christmas morning.

Patterns and tutorials:

The cookies and pie are my own. It's not too hard to design your own food but it does help to have a pattern on hand or a tutorial to guide the way. Here are some great places to go for inspiration and direction:

If you are a generally crafty person, you will likely find this a highly addictive project! Have fun!

Posted on December 8, 2009 and filed under "felt play food", "homemade Christmas".