Friday, November 19, 2010

Paperclip Ice Skate Ornaments!

How cute are these?

....and I didn't make a single one of them!  (Although the blanket they're posed on is one I knit for her when she was a wee baby). J

These are my daughter Charlotte's creations and she's been crocheting them like a fiend for days now.  The other day she brought about a dozen to hand out as little gifts to the other kids in her Finance class.  I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but each little pair of ice skates is joined by a chained "shoelace" and the blades are paper clips!  They make darling little Christmas tree ornaments.  She's hoping to con her grandparents and sundry aunts, uncles and cousins into purchasing them at our Thanksgiving celebration for 50 cents a piece.  Bless her greedy little heart! J

In all fairness though, her Finance class has been impressing the entrepreneurial spirit on all the students and last week they held a silent auction at the Homeschool Creative Learning Center where the class is held.  Each student brought in handmade items to sell and 10% of the proceeds were donated to the Creative Learning Center.

Charlotte cleaned up.  She sold a variety of hand knit items, including scarves, pumpkins and shawls.  She even spun a few skeins of yarn on her hand spindle and those sold at a VERY nice price.  I snapped up this set of three coasters for myself.  The kids were quite creative, offering pet sitting services, homemade muffins, artwork and even duct tape creatures -- they were the most incredible duct tape creations I'd ever seen and I've included a picture of one of my favorites below.

This has been such a great class for these kids.  Their amazing teacher, Elmarie, has taught them how to create budgets, balance a checkbook and understand the intricacies of the financial world: inflation, recessions, stocks, etc.

Charlotte now has her own business she calls "Hand Knit Happiness" and she's takes requests if anyone's interested!  J


  1. Those are really beautiful. It's times like these I wish I wasn't male and I could actually indulge myself sitting around a nice burning fire making these things. Charlotte is very talented!

    Steven V

  2. Come on Steven -- lots of guys knit! You don't know what you're missing :)

  3. Yay!! I'm so happy I inspired more entreneur-like thinking in the kids, that was one of the major goals of the class! I love teaching that class!

  4. No coercion necessary...we're ready and willing with multiple '$.50s' and we're very proud of our talented Charlotte!

    Nanny and Grandpa