Monday, June 29, 2009

Sophie and Alicia

This is my Sophie holding her new doll, Alicia. She and Grandma Bunbun put Alicia together last night and this morning. Her specific job was to stuff the doll using chopped up pieces of plastic grocery bags. You can get quite innovative when you are out of poly fil. We started with two red gloves, cutting off fingers to make a tummy and a head and then stuffing the dickens out of them. We stitched on red yarn for hair. Then we sat down and watched Bunbun embroider the face. Sophie wanted Alicia to have blue eyes so I accommodated.

She could not put Alicia down. She was so intent when we were working on Alicia together. Did a Grandma's heart good. We also spent time making a pattern and 5 capes for her "My little Pony" that I found in the basement. It has belonged to her mother. She played with that dang pony for hours, tieing the little capes off and on...

This past weekend was one of family, lots of rain, and much fun and love. Life is too short to miss out on these opportunities. DD and her DH were in Lake Placid getting swimming training for the next triathlon they will do. We very gladly watched the babes. Jack clung to his hero, Poppa Ernie, and Sophie kept asking, "can we go to your room, Bunbun". Life is good. They have now left the end of the driveway, into traveling oblivion, and we will all get settled back to the real world. I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

Needless to say, no serious sewing was accomplished. Sophie helped me pick out and focus on her next outfit, a Gail Doane inspired dress and jacket for the holidays. We put together lots of wool and dress fabric combos before we came up with the final choice. Sophie is quite opinionated and I really appreciated and admire that in this tall little four year old. She also picked out a jar of buttons, sprinkled them on the table, and proceeded to match them up and tie them together. Nuther chore done with the help of a four year old. I hope Sophie treasures these moments. These are the things I did with my grandmother who indeed was responsible for planting the seeds of creativity in my soul. I hope I can do the same for Sophie. This weekend was a good start......Bunny

13 comments:

  1. She absolutely will treasure these memories that you are making with her! Hum.... I have a bunch of buttons that need to be separated and 3 little ones who are old enough to help with that chore who will be here later in the summer! Great idea!
    Why don't you do a tutorial for making the doll from gloves. I think I have the idea, but would love to see details.

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  2. That's an adorable little girl. There is nothing like having grandchildren-nothing. When my 2 little grandsons are here, I don't care how messy the house gets or if nothing at all gets done. It just doesn't matter.

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  3. Yes, that is what life is about. I hope I have time like that with my grandchildren (if I am lucky enough to have them).

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  4. What a wonderful gift - not only the doll but the time. I spent time with my aunt sewing, and all these decades later I remember them very fondly...just think, one day she will make a doll with her grand daughter and create another wonderful memory!

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  5. Awww... Grandma BunBun, you made my heart smile! Your grand-daughter is beautiful and will always treasure these precious times with you. Thanks for sharing them with us, as well.

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  6. I was just recently reminiscing with my Mom about summer days spent sewing with my Gram (a real treat as at home I was the oldest of 6, with many big-sister responsibilities.) I treasured the time spent sewing with/for my girls when they were small - and the love of sewing "took" with the younger one. Until I have grandchildren of my own, I borrow the girls next door and we do projects together.

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  7. How wonderful that you had this precious time with your grandchildren. I know that Sophie will never forget her time with you. She is very blessed to have you for a grandmother.

    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  8. Awwwww,
    That's sew special!
    As I was contemplating doing such things with my future grandchildren, I wondered if you did these things with YOUR children. I DID NOT. The youngest (who's still possibly moldable at almost 13) did help me make a pillow for a friend once, but the two older ones never seemed that interested. I don't think I started early enough, and also when you're the mother, your time is more limited.

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  9. How cute! She is too precious.

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  10. Oh, this makes me miss my grandmother and the sewing she did with me. I hope I have a grandchild (not too soon, mind you) who wants to sew with me.

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  11. Emily and Martin made some really cute elf slippers if you would like to take a look. Next up is a frog pincushion. www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

    Regards,

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  12. Awwww . . . what precious memories! That's what being a grandma is all about!

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