My homegirl Daniele wrote the other day about her love of all things Irish, including their yearly tradition of unlaunching their naughty leprechaun (who was around much longer than the “elf on the shelf” fad, thankyouverymuch). She shared with us and then requested that if we try this ourselves to let them know how it went.
I decided that while Cocobaby was napping I was going to make her a leprechaun of her very own using some spare cloth and some old patterns that I had bought from Bit of Whimsy Dolls years ago. I found some green fabric and some orange felt for her pigtails and our mischievous little companion was ready. Meet Lucy:
As I was working, hunched over the sewing machine with scraps of fabric and thread littering the floor beneath me, I asked myself: Is this worth it? I could easily go to the store and buy a knick-knack for my daughter. Although this was free because I had the materials, often I find that my homemade projects aren’t much less expensive– and considering my lack of skillz I know that my toys aren’t going to last as long as even their cheap store bought counterparts. So why was I doing this, when there was laundry to be folded and dishes to be done? More productive ways to spend my time?
I decided that it’s a priority of mine to show my children the lost art of creating. Creating vegetables from seeds, blankets from yarn, toys from cloth, meals from scratch. I want them to see raw materials and their minds to soar, imagining all of the possibilities.
When my two year old saw Lucy she threw her hands up in the air and said, “She’s beautiful!” She carried her around all evening. She cuddled, kissed and hugged on her lil leprechaun friend. She posed and asked me to take pictures of them together. She showed her off while we were out at dinner. She kept saying, ironically, “I love Lucy”.
So Daniele, I’d say it went well.
But now I pose the question to my readers: Why do you choose homemade? [Or, in this case, mostly homemade?] Leave me a comment and let me know.
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