Squirrel Picnic

Handmade with Love and Stuff


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Big Acorn Race Update: Crocheting the Story

Dragonfly by Jennifer OlivarezThe next few weeks will be super busy for me as I attempt to crochet everything needed to tell the story of the Big Acorn Race. This includes all the props and even some of the characters themselves. It seems like I’m crocheting everywhere I go. I’ve been crocheting on the bus, on my lunch breaks, in line at the store. But if you know me, you’re probably thinking Weren’t you doing that before the book came along anyway? Yeah, you’re right. But now I feel like I’m crocheting with a purpose. Although it’s felt a little frenzied at times, so far I’ve been successful not to let the pressure take the fun out of it. That’s very important, you know.

And let me tell you, I’ve gotten a lot done! I even remembered to photograph some of my work to share with you. Continue reading


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The Big Acorn Race Update: New Beginnings

Podge's ApronThese past two months have been such a whirlwind for me. I had the goal to get all the patterns for the book to the pattern testers by the middle of July and to get all the preliminary text files and photos for most of the patterns  to my wonderful friend, the super talented Sylvie by the end of last week. It was a tall order, but somehow I did it! Continue reading


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How to Open Your Presents Early

Can’t wait to open your Christmas presents? Are you dying of curiosity? Wait no longer. There’s a Wikihow for that. (Can you believe it?) You’ll receive step-by-step instructions on how to sneak a peak at your presents without anyone finding out. Or you could always bug your parents until they finally cave. That’s what Hodge and Podge did. They received one very big present this week. The suspense was killing them, so I let them open just this one…

Hodge and Podge Open Present 1 Hodge and Podge Open Present 2 Hodge and Podge Open Present 3 Hodge and Podge Open Present 4

Our dear friend, Bill Brown, sent us this gorgeous picture he drew of the main character from his web comic The Evil Squirrel’s Nest. Evil Squirrel, or ES for short, is a loveable gray squirrel who has a great sense of humor and a lot of quirky and interesting friends from all walks of the animal kingdom.

Thank you, Bill!  We feel very lucky to receive this coveted prize.