My oldest son was able to be home with us from a few days prior to Christmas all the way up until Friday, the day after New Year’s Day. It’s a good thing that his flight was on Friday morning and not on Saturday as we had quite the freezing rain storm on Saturday morning and he’d have had to re-schedule.
The last few weeks have been focused on sewing various Christmas gifts and family time, and while I have quilted a wee bit on the Crosses & Losses quilt, now I wanted something different to do. It seemed that with my son’s leaving the holiday season was officially over, and I just needed something playful to work on.
None of the Slow Stitching projects or blocks that I’d started prior to the season interested me at the moment. Perhaps I had the doldrums :)
So I started ‘playing’ on late Saturday afternoon and I will continue to ‘play’ on Sunday.
I have in mind to make little girl’s tea party sets. A small runner and placemats…child sized of course. I should have two in the end.
A few of the squares are hand-quilted; I am moving on to machine quilting the rest to save time. All of the embroidery edging the squares is by hand. I started to machine sew binding on one of them…I will hand-stitch the binding to the back of each of them as I go along.
It’s funny…as I was working on this, thinking ‘tea party’ and ‘children’ ….what came to mind was graham crackers and orange juice at Vacation Bible School when I was a child, and what a treat that seemed to be at the time :)
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On Saturday I was to babysit the twin girls for the day. It was going to be hot and I thought to arrange a tea party and pretend-cooking / restaurant sort of game out on the front porch where we could play for a few hours until it got unbearable outside. Wanting to get some things done before they arrived around 9 or so, I started early. I brought out the dolls, stuffed animals, tea and food toys and arranged them on the front porch early a.m. and not too long afterwards noticed my regular early morning visitors who were quite timidly wondering what these things were? Were they real? Dangerous? Was it safe to ask for peanuts this morning? Was it safe to come on to the porch?
Cute! So I grabbed a few peanuts and my camera.
Now, this is one of the tamer squirrels and he did want his peanut, but look at his approach. It was all that I could do to keep quiet and not bust out laughing and scare him, since he was already so nervous.
He’s quite used to my cat staring at him through the window when he sits on the chair looking in, but teddy bears, stuffed dogs and dolls are another matter!
In the end he did get that peanut, and a few more but with each one he retreated to the edge of the porch , in case one of those dolls came alive…
Later on we had cherries and water and made ‘tea’ from those ingredients…won’t you have some? :)
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