Lucky little Ava! This is a cute chef’s cotton/poly blend hat and apron that has been embroidered and embellished with ribbon. A perfect gift for the little ones in your life. Listed on MommaOh.etsy.com ….see you there!
It seems each year the catalogs arrive earlier and earlier to grab your gift giving dollars. The beginning of October found the first ones in my post box. A new, at least to our address, children’s catalog called www.chinaberry.com arrived in the first flurry. While flipping through it I found a game called Bananagrams that visually caught my attention. As I read about the game I saw it had won the Toy Industry of America’s 2009 Best Game of the Year Award and was for 1 to 8 players, ages 7+.
I liked it because it was like Scrabble but less restricting and it was played quickly so many games could be enjoyed. Although it didn’t encompass the math skills Scrabble does, Bananagram is very portable. The price seemed reasonable at $17.95 (+s&h) but my mind drifted to the scrabble games we already owned and all those tiles…..
So for the backseat of her minivan I think that MommaOh should make her own bag and fill it with recycled Scrabble tiles from the games in the basement. It won’t be the same as Bananagram but our own rules can be made and the math can be added back in if we want. I’m sure it won’t win any awards but it will still be fun, educational and if I reuse a bag from around the house, our game will be comprised with all recycled items. Yeah, I’m good with not winning an award.
Hmmm now what should I name my upcycled bag of tiles game? ‘MommaOh My Word’ of course. What will you name yours?
Two words to describe a practically perfect person and you’ve probably already guessed them, Mary Poppins. Yes the family packed up in the mini van the Saturday before Labor Day and drove over to the grand Fox Theatre here in sunny St Louis to see the matinee musical of the greatest nanny of all time (Unless you consider Eloise’s nanny who truly had her hands full. Ever notice the staff at the Plaza didn’t resemble Mary’s always helpful Bert and friends? Well I digress.).
I can’t recommend this production enough! Similar to the family favorite Disney movie starring Julie Andrews it is written to follow the books a bit more. A few songs are gone or changed and there are new ones. But it is a spectacular story with fabulous sets, music and costumes to match.
In fact it has inspired me to research the books that were used as the basis of the musical. I am listing in no particular order; Mary Poppins,
Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story,
Mary Poppins from A to Z, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, Mary Poppins and the House Next Door, Mary Poppins Balloons and Balloons.
All the books were written by P. L. Travers an Aussie who later emigrated to London and worked as both a journalist and theater critic. Evidently the author had a relatively interesting life, living until 96 years of age, as she has had 3 biography’s completed.
I hope you get the opportunity to see the musical, if not enjoy the books, perhaps the biography, pop in the DVD and for a finale….Go fly a kite!!!
Kerrie, the owner of Silly Frilly Kids, and I decided during a lull in our business that we would do a swap. Her children needed lunch bags and my daughter (who is growing her hair out – bangs included) was in need of something to hold back her tresses. I looked at her wonderful ribbon characters at http://www.sillyfrillykids.etsy.com and was wowed by her craftsmanship! When the package came it was so beautifully done I hated to open it. But I knew the real gems lay further inside!
Well I opened the sparkling cellophane packages, neatly tied with organza ribbon and out came 5 of the most perfect little ribbon characters you have ever laid your eyes on! Now I must confess that swap (and possibly the other marketing I did during that time) provided just the kick I needed to jump start the orders back into my business. So the little princesses, fairies and ballerina patiently waited just so while I worked away on my new orders.
Sleeping Beauty, Tink, Cinderella, Ballerina & Lavender Fairy
Well another well deserved lull has occurred in my orders and I am taking this opportunity to bring out these little treasures. No, my dear daughter has not seen them yet. I’d love to save them for her to wear at school and I am torn between holding onto them a little longer or letting her enjoy them during the dog days of August. Maybe I’ll hold on to them so I can enjoy them just a little while longer…what’s that…oh Tink is getting impatient…..gotta go!
Modern Handmade Child is offering a small sample of their new ezine!
Due out this August the premiere issue should be great! Don’t miss out.
Felt and clear poly thread construction on paintbrush pole.
July 3rd my daughter who is 6 came to me asking if she could make a flag to wave while she enjoyed the July 4th fireworks. Now who could say no to that little patriot? We looked around and found some red and white felt, along with some blue ribbon that conveniently had white stars on it. With some clear poly thread in the machine and MY foot on the pedal my little girl stitched up a flag. She proudly waved her little flag while ooooohing and ah-ing over glowing creations in the 4th of July night sky.
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I am a member of this etsy group, EtsyKids. Although I am fairly new to the group it is really well run and the interaction is with positive, creative and professional people (I believe most are women but I don’t want to stereotype and there’s no requirement one must be female).
If you are looking for great handmade items for your children or grandchildren this is a great group of vendors.
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