I know I’m a crafter, so this title in itself is rather unexpected. However, our Alice has been unwell really for a few weeks now, but she’s finally given in to being fully blown ill and is currently enjoying / enduring some restful time off school.
This has meant I am now totally behind with my preparations for Halloween and Christmas, but that’s the life of a crafting Mum! So today I decided to find something for both of us to do that would help lift Alice’s spirits and maybe go some way to starting my stash of Christmas decorations.
I’ve been thinking about making some simple, no knit hat decorations for a while and this seemed the ideal opportunity with a willing helper too! What I wasn’t counting on was how much she loved making them.
We had such a great crafty afternoon watching ‘Equestria Girls’ on dvd and making these hats, that she decided she wanted to make them and sell them too. So it rather turned into me being her assistant and she’s planning on taking her little stash to her dance class at weekend and maybe even to the school Christmas Fair! I’m hoping that she will make her own gifts for her teachers this year too.
I think she may have caught the crafting bug – much better than the virus she is recovering from.
I can’t believe just how quickly the years are flying by these days. It doesn’t seem that long ago when my birthday always seemed ages away, now it comes round far too fast! Anyway, it’s here again and I think I’m probably now officially middle-aged, although most of the time I still feel about ten!
This year I discovered a lovely local lady at the school Summer Fair. She makes pictures and decorative frames to order and I thought her button head picture of a cyclist was the ideal surprise gift for my husband – him being in training for the Tour de ……(somewhere).
He really loved his frame, so much so, I have been given one for my birthday too. I love it, although it will always remind me of my broken foot misadventure. I think they look rather good together and I have the perfect location for them in mind too.
I have also been blessed this year with a homebaked chocolate cake from one of my dearest friends. I can’t wait to tuck into it after tea.
Thank you to all my firends and family for the lovely cards and gifts.
While I’ve been off my feet for a while this summer and since the end of the Olympics, I’ve been encouraging Alice to get a bit more creative. To be fair, it hasn’t been that difficult as we’ve had a few rainy miserable days here and it’s always fun to empty the making box all over the kitchen table.
Alice traded in some of her lizard cards from Explore Learning for a set of t-shirt graffiti pens, so we ordered her a couple of cheap white t-shirts to have a play with. They arrived earlier today so she had a great afternoon finding her inner fashion designer.
I love how she put a design on the back too!
I’ve also encouraged her to start making cards for her friend’s birthdays. Her friend Daisy was seven at weekend and she wanted to make a bird card like the ones I’ve been making recently, so I gave her a choice of some of the girly floral papers to make one with. This is pretty much all her own work with the exception of the mounting for the happy birthday flag. Her friend loved the card and I do too. I think it’s great how she made the bird fly, adding in a second wing behind.
Another craft I’ve tried to do with Alice is some basic sewing. I think it’s a skill everyone should master, even if it only means being able to sew on a button. I know it is a skill that will help with her Brownie badges. So on a recent trip to Clark Crafts in Ramsbottom, I found this little kit. As she loves cats at the moment, this looked like the ideal kit to start with.
It’s a pretty simple kit and comes with everything needed to make the cat, including stuffing and a needle (plastic). It took a few goes, but she finally mastered the basic running stitch to put all the pieces together, then spent a good half hour deciding where all the embellishment pieces would go. She loves the finished cat and it has slept by her bed every night! I need to make sure she doesn’t lose this liking for sewing and get out some of the other kits I have hidden away that she hasn’t been interested in up to now.
Well it’s back to school next week, so it’s time for me to get on with some more sewing – name tapes in uniform! And I must remember to get a new dance uniform too.