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fairy wings and handmade things :: week two

My initial intention was to make one of these projects from Sewing for Children every week. Doesn’t seem like too much to bite off, don’t you think? Well, here it is seven weeks later, and we’re finally finished with our second project. In case you missed the first project, it’s here. Actually we were finished this one a couple weeks ago, but it’s taken me this long to blog. And I thought this was the perfect day to blog it, since today is Bea’s 8th birthday. Happy birthday to my lovely little girl, who is growing up all too quickly. sigh…

Beatrice chose the Doll’s Bedding for her second project. She has a special little doll named Julie, whom she dotes over and loves dearly. I love the fabric that Beatrice chose for the blanket – very fitting for her bright, colorful style.

The thing I didn’t anticipate was that Beatrice would quickly discover that she loathed the backstitch. Reason number one that this project took so long. It’s full of backstitching, and she just didn’t want to do it. I ended up doing a lot of the stitching, rather than making this a dreaded craft. She definitely got better at the backstitch as she went, so hopefully sometime soon she’ll get to the point where she can enjoy it. Or else this blog series is going to turn into a whole lotta me, crafting.

On to the photos… and yes – there’s even one of me in here – Michael grabbed the camera while we were working. An all too rare photo of me with one of the kids…


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April 27, 2011 - 12:50 pm

Cindy - Very cute!!! I love the fabric that Bea chose (or you chose) for this one. A very special doll indeed to get some handmade bedding! BTW, love her hair! :)

fairy wings and handmade things :: week one

For Christmas last year, many of Bea’s gifts revolved around the theme of sewing. She got a sewing kit, a basket of fabric, and a number of sewing books. One of my favorite books is this one: Sewing for Children. When I gave it to Bea, I had these high ambitions of doing project after project together, spending our Saturday afternoons sewing, and bonding over pincushions and cute buttons. Well, like so many of my good intentions, we just never found the time to sit down and do any projects. So after watching Julie & Julia I got just the inspiration I needed. I would blog my way through the book, making each of the little projects with Beatrice. She was over the moon about it and of course wanted to get started right away.

Here’s our first project, “Felt Cupcakes.” Looks a bit more like a felt pancake, but let’s not tell her that. It’s all hers. I helped along the way, but mostly with rethreading the needle when she made a mistake. That embroidery floss going rogue and all. Oh, and you might notice that she’s wearing two completely different outfits for the project. One more evidence of our less-than-perfect lives – it took a couple days to complete this one project, with other general life stuff getting in the way of our girl time. You know, like, dinner.

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March 9, 2011 - 3:02 pm

michael - really nice! love the cherry especially. good work, bea!

March 8, 2011 - 9:35 pm

wiff - Sooooooooo adorable! I’m proud that you are spending this time with her and documenting it no less!

March 8, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Becky - Love it Gwen! Can’t wait to see what else you two make!

March 8, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Carol Kelsey - Thanks so much for sharing this. Great job Beatrice Carol

March 8, 2011 - 6:53 pm

Cindy Chen - How fun!!! I cant wait to see what else the two of you create together and am glad I get to see all your craftiness on your blog.

March 8, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Piper - Very, *very* cute! Yehiya was impressed. He said, “I should sew!”