Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Treasures for wee folk....
With the happy news that Only Daughter and her husband are going to have a baby around Easter, I have been one of those grammies whose mind has gone all a-swirl with ideas for gifts and handmade projects, books to share, and even sweet videos to watch. Not only is Only Daughter having her first baby, but Daughter-In-Love and Firstborn Son are having their second baby, coming right up in January. Imagine how much there is for me to do!
1. Quilts for two grandbabies
Well, as you can imagine, the list grows as I start to think about it, and so I decided to put it on paper so I could promptly get started with the little Grammy Things I want to do. Some things will remain secrets, but some will be shared. Things like baby quilts will be shared because I want the girls to help me pick fabrics that they like. Only Daughter told me that she would like her baby's nursery to have a Peter Rabbit & Friends theme with the Beatrix Potter animals and stories that she grew up listening to me read aloud. That got my mind a-spinning with quilt ideas. Wouldn't a patchy quilt sprinkled with Peter Rabbit embroideries be the sweetest thing? I went online trying to find Peter Rabbit hand embroidery patterns, but with very poor luck, and then I thought, "Why not find coloring book pages to trace and embroider?" I did find a nice selection of those online, free for the printing here and here. Little Hazel Peach will also enjoy coloring some of these pages when she comes to visit, and I'll have fun coloring too!
As I was out looking for all things Peter Rabbit, to my excitement and pleasure I saw that there was a wonderful rendition of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit in DVD form so I went to find out if there might be a preview for me to watch on YouTube. Yes, there was! Look here and enjoy yourself. Don't forget to pour a cuppa tea first. Is this not the best stuff for Grammies and their Littles to watch together? Better add this to my Christmas list.
2. Cloth diapers to sew. I like this pattern.
3. A jeans quilt for My Baby who will be graduating this coming spring. It's a family tradition that every child who graduates, leaves home with a denim quilt made of the family's old jeans.
4. Make little dollies and fairies made from the book Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects by Salley Mavor
I was so happy to bump into this author's book via Maya*Made blog. This artist has created several books in the past that were illustrated in felt and embroidery pictures that she made herself, and in 2003 she published Felt Wee Folk to show us how to make adorable dolls and fairies like hers. Salley Mavor has recently published a new book called Pocketful of Posies, A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes that I have added to my Wish List. Take a look and be enchanted.
5. Make fluffy pom pom animals. I found the most wonderful video on how to make pom pom animals. This sweet British grandmother gives instruction to children on how to do it, and I was totally enthralled by her voice and her ways. Whether I end up making a pom pom animal or not, I want to watch this lady teach art, and I wish all children could learn art from a granny like her. Perhaps I ought to practice my British accent for teaching the Grands.
Even though my list (so far) has just five things, they seem like biggish things to me. I feel I really ought to start tomorrow. The days go by ya know!