Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I know our minds are cramming with recipes and fall centerpieces, crafts and meaningful family traditions, but I needed a little break from all the autumn awesomeness, is that ok? When I get a craft inspiration I gotta go with it while I've got the itch or it's gone. To say I love hot air balloons would only be the understatement of the year. To say I love, love, loooovvve them is getting closer. In grade school I wrote a short children's story about a sheep, a chicken, a pig, and a duck who all accidentally hijacked a hot air balloon. It's still one of my favorite stories. In fact, I think there's a book out now with that same story idea...they stole it. Hahahaha, okay, I'm sorta kidding about that last part. Oh if only I could travel around the world in a hot air ballon...one covered in vintage fabric of course. It would probably look a lot like these. I got this idea from my friend Abbey (the very same fabulous and creative gal who made me my picnic quilt). Her hot air ballon is way more awesome than mine, she doesn't take short cuts like I do. She sewed the little basket on the bottom out of burlap and added burlap patches to her balloon to make it more "boyish". She even gave me these lanterns that she had left over from a business venture and they're the really good kind--the ones covered in fabric instead of paper. Thanks, Abbey!
Originally I had wanted to post a little tutorial on how I made these because I couldn't find one on the web, but I know they must be out there somewhere. Unfortunately, tutorials and toddlers don't always mix. But we gave it a good try. I must warn you, I am not a perfectionist. I'm usually more concerned with how the overall finished piece will look than I am about the details leading up to that point. So just a note to all the perfectionists out there: a) you are awesome b) this tutorial will probably drive you crazy.
P.S. I think I'm moving into Legend's room now. I seriously love these.
P.S. #2 I'm making more for Boston and Astair's room.
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