We knew it was going to happen at anytime. His poor face was becoming brittle and cracked.
I’m glad we had time to prepare him mentally. We gradually started talking about having to get a new froggy friend one day, and finding a special place for Old Froggy.
And then one of Daniel’s most favourite people offered to make a new froggy. In the same week that Old Froggy finally lost his eye, New Froggy was completed! Don’t you just love his amazing webbed feet!?
And Daniel is so happy with his new friend. “I just love my new Froggy… I just love him so much!” And it’s even more special to him, knowing that ‘Missy Moolen’ made it for him! Thank so much, Leanne. You saved us all much trauma!
I’m sure you know by now that I love artwork by children. Aside from seeing the world through a child’s eyes, children’s art is perfect for turning a house into a home!
We love our screen printed softies/cushions, but here are some other ideas…
My friend Emily had stationery made from her daughter’s family portrait – and it looks so stylish!
Be sure to check out this tutorial for featuring your child’s artwork on a teatowel.
Here’s an old one from the archives – a combined effort between Aaron, Hannah and myself, for Phil’s birthday in 2009. The children drew a range of pictures which I painted and stitched onto canvas, before stretching it onto a wooden frame.
Home decorating aside, there are also various apps for recording and storing your children’s artwork. Like this one.
What will you do with your child’s masterpiece?
Little people’s drawings of little people are just about my most favourite thing ever (which any of you longer term readers probably already know)! I love it how every young child develops their own signature ‘person’ drawing, which over time develops along with that child.
My sister Viv knows that I love drawings of people by children, too and tries to coax one out of her children every so often, to send to me. My favourite kind of mail!
And here’s something else I really love: the softies that Viv made with her two children and some of their friends.
To keep it simple, they used fabric markers instead of screen-printing. The children ranged in age from two to eight. Didn’t they do a great job? Unfortunately Viv doesn’t keep a blog (yet…) but here‘s her Pinterest board of some of her creative projects AND her own paintings. I am – well, actually, Marcus is – the proud owner of that bird mobile.
These softies were inspired by ones I made with the kids once.
Over the summer, I also made some softies/cushions to put in my shop for those of you who are interested. They are finally finished. There’s a Little Man softie, based on Aaron’s drawing, and a Caleb softie, drawn by Caleb.
I also made some play quilts, incorporating various screen-printed panels, that coordinate with the softies. I love how these quilts turned out, but I did not love making them, so I will not be doing them again.
It doesn’t get much happier than these little guys! (Top one drawn by 3 year-old Caleb and the second one drawn by 3 year-old Aaron). These ones are destined to become simple softies like these ones and these ones.
I managed to print up a storm in the last couple of weeks and I love how it all looks hanging on the line…
One more design to print, and then lot’s of stitching (part of my embarassingly long list of projects in-progress.) Although I’m not getting to this half as quickly as I would like, I’m happy to have at least made a start!
I’m linking up with #amonthof #mycreativespace for the month of November. Today’s prompt: happy.
We love lists at our house – I’m lost without them. Things I need to buy. Books I’d like to read. Things I’d like to make. Things I have already started making (too embarassing to tell you how long that list is!) Amongst the children, birthday lists are the very best kind of list. They know not to ask for anything throughout the year, as the standard answer is “put it on your birthday list and we’ll see what we can do”.
I like how a birthday list says a lot about the child who wrote it. Here is Hannah’s recent birthday list. I think it/she is adorable. Check out the one about halfway down… a Ric Rac instruction…
Last year Hannah got the ‘Three Little Maids‘ pattern for her birthday. Here’s what she made (with minimal help from me – she even stitched the head onto the body herself):
This year I got the ‘Little Red Riding Hood‘ pattern for my birthday. When Hannah saw the branding she said “Please can I borrow the pattern after you, Mum, because I know how to make those patterns now!” Nothing like a bit of self-confidence!
And so she figured another pattern was in order for her own birthday. Because the birthday list made me smile, I shared it with Jodie of Ric Rac fame. It made Jodie smile too, and she generously sent a pattern with a birthday card directly to Hannah!
Hannah collected the mail on the day the pattern arrived. You should have seen her face when she turned the envelope over and saw that it was from ‘Jodie RicRac’!! One very happy girl here! (The kids were convinced there was a bit of magic happening – “just what Hannah asked for, Mum”!)
Thank you very, very much, Jodie!
And if any of you have aspiring little sewers at home, Jodie has some wonderful beginner patterns such as Dozer, Sally and Smith, Pickle and Gulliver (just click through to the stockists page on the Ric Rac website.
I’m linking up with #amonthof #mycreativespace for the month of November. Today’s prompt: making lists.