This was the Cubby and Miss H's first day of school. Gosh it really did seem like just a moment ago, and then I realized that when they started school we didn't even have Lil Bit yet! They have had alot of fun at school this year, and have made a few great friends. Listening to them talk about school has been quite an adventure, and I am quite hopeful we can keep up with their new friends over the summer. Sadly nearly all of their little friends start Kindergarten in the fall!
To close out the school year, Miss H really wanted to make something special for her teachers. (See what a lovely daughter I have? She didn't want to buy something.. no no no.. she wanted to MAKE it!!) We saw a post about ring purses on Skip to My Lou a while back and she desperately wanted to make one for Mrs. Breen, and Mrs. Feus.
Off we went, schlepping the four kids to the fabric store. When we arrived at the JoANN Miss H stepped out of the mini-van with disappointment. "Mom, umm I'm sorry, but I was thinking of Miss Martha's shop." Miss Martha's shop is the fabulous, Knit One Smock Too where I buy supplies for my super important, top notch projects, everything in there is FABULOUS!! Sorry Miss H, but until you can finance your crafting habit, it's the 40% coupon and JoANN for you.
As much as I love Miss H and her crafting ways, we really differ in our opinions on fabric, color, pattern and design. She definitely has her own ideas, and she is not easily swayed. (I still shudder when I think about her BSF quiet time blankie!!) I braced myself for a fight about why Mrs. Breen and Mrs. Feus, may not love a beach bag made out of kitten covered fleece.
Guess what? No Fights!
Mom, Mrs. Breen really loves Hawaii, do they have any fabric in here that is like Hawaii?" Sure enough they totally did, and it was totally on sale! Mrs. Feus would probably like something with black and white she announced and she quickly selected two coordinated prints from the sportswear aisle. AMAZING, unprecedented, and probably not to be repeated.
She thoughtfully picked out some handles, and off we went. Total shopping time, 35 minutes.
I used the rotary cutter to slice two rectangles, out of each fabric, then cut a little notch. I did each step of Mrs. Feus's to show her how to do it, and then she would pin and stitch Mrs. Breen's. It was like a faboulous little sewing class!! I ran the tops (the bags are fully lined and reversible!) through the serger, and although Miss H felt very sure she could stitch the handles on herself, I did it. They turned out so adorable!
Here she is bags completed and goofy grin on her face.
And the lucky recipients....
As we were working together Miss H asked me a million questions about when I was a little girl, and how long it would be before Rachel could sew with us, it was just such a blessing. When I was dreaming up what my daughter would be like, I never knew it could be like this. Miss H is so much more than I even thought to dream about. It is so humbling to me that I should have a Heavenly Father that loves me enough to bring these amazing children into my life!