First Playdate for Oliver EVER.

Yes, it was truly Oliver’s first ever playdate. Any time we’ve had friends over to play they’re the friends of my older kids. Oliver can only do his best not to get stomped. This time, however, our company was a little lady with CP and she came just to play with him. I put a movie on for my older kids in another room and let our quieter children enjoy some personal time together. Oliver is two but at the developmental age of a 9-12 month old (it varies in the different categories) so he still isn’t playing “with” other children, but “next to” as is the m.o. of younger toddlers. But he was absolutely stimulated and excited to have another little person crawling around with him. He was intrigued to see his toys in someone else’s little hand. He noticed when she held his drum and went over to investigate. Their paths crossed as they cruised furniture and they stopped to regard one another for a moment. It was so lovely. Bless their baby hearts. My friend and I have not spent a lot of time together over the last couple of years. Having a special needs child is intense! Neither of us knew where our children were headed and we each had a variety of health concerns to deal with. It seems, tho we’re not out of the woods, that we’re in a place in our lives where we can relax and make time for these types of get togethers. Oliver is so much stronger I’m not terrified of germs and letting others touch his toys. And S. is stronger, too, not so fragile. In fact since she compensates for her lack of lower body strength with her upper body her biceps are almost as big as mine, and she’s only three! πŸ™‚ We’re looking forward to the next time!

 

 

 

 

New Costume Projects!

I resolved to be more than an occasional blogger, and yet its been ages since I’ve posted. Life has gotten busy, and I’ve been spending a LOT of time at my sewing machine working on items for my Etsy shop! Most recently I’ve begun on crowns and wands:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt crowns are deceptive. You look at one and think, oooh, that’s easy! Then you try constructing one. And while making felt crowns is not as difficult as sewing with slippery satin fabric, say, it can get relatively complicated depending on the applique and type of crown you want to do as order of construction is very important. You can’t skip any steps! A lot of people make them with ribbon ties in back, which is lovely in theory, but tying bows on the backs of kids heads is a nightmare. Their hair gets tied into the bow, its never tight enough and slips all around, and then you have children spending more time getting their crowns fixed than playing! Which is why I opted for an elastic band in the back for good fit. So anyway, I will climb down from my felt crown soap box and move on to other exciting ventures: The girls’ version of the gnome costume!

This one came about under pressure. I received notification thatΒ  I had had a sale from my Etsy shop (woot!) for the little boys’ gnome costume. Except the buyer didn’t want what she bought. She detailed in the notes to seller that she essentially wanted a custom order, a gnome costume for her niece, which is great, just not what I was expecting! Fortunately I had made this little gingham skirt to go with my daughter’s Red Riding Hood costume that was in the size she needed and it worked PERFECTLY for a girls’ version of the gnome costume. In the future, however, I’ll make an elastic waist-ed circle skirt instead of this simple A-line. Girls like to twirl! πŸ™‚

And finally, I finished the pirate costume props.

Hmmm…. As a costume I think it needs more, but how to do more and keep it simple? Decorative buttons perhaps. And the hats fit kids ages 2-4 the best.

 

 

 

I know I talk a lot about keeping things simple and I have to say: I’m not lazy, I swear! I have to keep everything I make on a certain level of simplicity or it will become a burden, instead of a joy, to do. And I’m doing this for my pleasure and not to add more pressure to my life! Sometimes I need to remind myself of that, too.

All my costume props are available in large sets for parties and wholesale, and I’m happy to teach you how to sew your own! Contact me to set up a time to take a lesson. πŸ™‚

 

Happy Crafting!

Love Is…

1. Waking in the middle of the night wet and smiling because the baby snuggled up next to you has overflowed the diaper again.

2. Using your arms to catch a four year old mid-jump while using your foot to catch the baby before they topple over.

3. Making them a healthy dinner and making them eat it.

4. Making them a lunch they’ll like.

5. Teaching them how to toast waffles, spread the butter and pour the syrup so you don’t have to do it.

6. Making homework into “private time with mommy” and therefore something they love doing.

7. Smiling through the spills.

8. Laughing at the absurd.

9. Holding them accountable for their actions while teaching them how to do it better next time.

10. Taking a deep breath and counting to ten when there is a next time.

11. Setting aside what you want to do so you can do what they want to do.

12. Dozing at the park while they run themselves into an early bedtime.

13. Getting them to school on time.

14. Saying yes when you want to say no.

15. Taking care of yourself, too.

16. Reading one last book.

17. Hugging one last hug.

18. Kissing one last kiss.

19. Tucking them in.

20. Saying goodnight.

21. Welcoming them in the morning.

22. Doing it all over again day after day after day after day.