A few days later we read The Lorax, one of the kids' favorite Dr. Seuss stories, and Suzi was inspired! She ran up to her room, and a while later presented me with this adorable little guy, crafted from one of her Dad's old t-shirts, two buttons from Grandma, and a couple of felt pieces from her sewing set.
He speaks for the trees.
Ivey wanted to do some sewing too, so I said sure! Suzi gifted Ivey her old, smaller sewing kit with threads and a little thimble, and I found her a dull needle. She found a leftover scrap of fleece and made this.
"Bunny" by Ivey
As I was looking around for cashmere sweaters to start a project of my own, I stumbled upon some cashmere scraps I had meant to give away a few months ago. I had been crafting simple little dolls to sell at craft fairs, but after I decided to give up crafting for profit, I realized I was never going to use up all those little pieces. I gave the girls one large ziploc bag each of various colorful, soft, fluffy scraps--perfect for small, easy projects. It's already kept them busy for hours practicing basic hand-sewing skills on their own, which I've always felt is the best way to learn. They do not want their mother hanging over them, telling them a better way to do this or that, and stopping them from making mistakes they could learn from. I offer tips and help when requested, and then send them off to enjoy themselves. There is literally nothing to lose, nothing to waste. This little pursuit is a spending freeze win for them and for me!