Friday, January 11, 2013

Thing 1's woodland critters

This is Stitches.

 This is Buttons.

My 10 year old created these two softies using the embroidery book and sewing kit gifted to her by Miss Robyn and of course I must feature them too.

I invited Thing 1 to write this post also, but she became very quiet as I sat expectantly with fingers poised above the keys. Then she suggested no text, just pictures. Too much pressure.


Here are the backs. Thank you again to Beth for the very appropriate Stampin' Up fat quarter she used for Buttons. She zeroed right in on it.


Her preliminary sketch. She informed me these two are the first of five softies in a series she has designed, dubbed 'Woodland Critters'. How 'bout that.

I had to be all casual and smooth about it, because if I get excited or too involved it kills it for her. I don't want to be the crafting equivalent of a stage mommy: "Put down that silly book! Have you practiced your french knots today? You KNOW the Mother Daughter Pan Gran Embroidery Regionals are coming up! SMILE as you thread and no squinting! SMILE! Show me the sparkle!"

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  1. Wow!! Such a good job, A!! I love that she has a whole series. I need a visit from the Holland house muse. :)

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    1. You just need a visit from the Holland house. We'll pack the muse and bring it with us. :-)

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  2. Aww.... SO CUTE!! Your girls have certainly inherited your talent!

    I think they deserve better names than "Thing"! ;)

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    1. Thing's not cute? :-) I guess I could call them Exhibit A and Exhibit B.

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    2. It's just that our local radio station DJ also calls his boys Things 1,2&3. It just seems so generic, y'know? They deserve better. "Exhibit"? It's a step up, I suppose. If that's the best you can do. ;)

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    3. Your DJ probably does that for the same reason I do it -- just to give their minor child some measure of privacy on the air/internet. I DO call them by their given names in other arenas of life. LOL

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    4. Oh, good! Glad to hear that! LOL I know that's why you do it, and I don't blame you. I was just giving you some friendly grief. ;)

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    5. Grandma G, Bring it! I can take it. :-)

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  3. These are great! I am very impressed.

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    1. Fishergirl, thanks! I was impressed too. Thanks for indulging a 'mommy is proud' post.

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  4. No text needed. She did an excellent job!

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    1. I guess she is on to me about turning a blog post into a writing assignment. :-)

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  5. What fun! They have a very vintage feel to them. Sweet!

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  6. Love that they have movement and aren't just stagnant figures. So very creative. You've got a little illustrator in the making :).

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    1. Katie, thanks! It would be thrilling to have another artist in the family.

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  7. Awesome job, Miss Thing 1. Concept, design and follow through are all top notch. I expect there's Woodland Critters adventure stories begging to be told someday too. Have fun and keep creating!

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    1. Slipstreamfish, yes, maybe I can leverage into a creative writing assignment! LOL and effectively kill all the joy.

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    2. Maybe a script or storyboard writing creative adventure? http://comiclife.com/ (free 30 day trial of software) Yes, kids are smart and can sniff out when something offered smells like homework but there's a good chance the fun aspect will overcome 'crickets chirping' to the suggestion. (I have used this program for scrapbook journal entries and it is fun.)

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  8. Too wonderful - good on you for showing restraint in your involvement, too! I would have been over enthusiastic for sure… :-)

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    1. CitricSugar, I really have to restrain myself. I itch to tell her she's doing it the hard way or that I wouldn't pick those colors, etc...

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  9. Oh wow, love these! I am really looking forward to seeing Wooly and Satin materialize. It's so great they are starting so early with such awesomeness.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Me too! It might take forever. She goes in bursts and spurts.

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  10. Awww, I love her creativity! I love it when my three year old shows interest in crafting, it gets me so excited. Loved your comments about the crafty stage mummy equivalent! You're hilarious.

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    1. Have you seen Strictly Ballroom? I was channeling them.

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  11. Ok, those are seriously awesome. I love them! Also, "pagenat mom" Larissa might be my new favorite thing ever ;)

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    1. Pinksuedeshoe, time to watch Strictly Ballroom again I think. LOL.

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  12. I really love what your girls are doing. I agree with pinksuedeshoe....seriously awesome.

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    1. Mama Pea, thanks so much. This might be the last post about the girls for a while -- they don't get a regular visit from their Muse. It only hits them every once in a while.

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  13. OMG these are the cutest! it must be so fun to see your girls creating just like you...

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