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Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Labor of Love!

If you've ever wondered what home school students do in their spare time.........
Lately, Autumn has rekindled her passion for all things "Winnie the Pooh" and in an effort to be the sweet big sister she is, Cayla has contributed greatly to that passion. In addition to writing a couple of "books" about Winny the Poo (yeah, Cayla's still working on her spelling :) she decided to make a stuffed Winnie to accompany her stories.
I had no idea what the girls were up to when they came in the room carrying my sewing scissors, asking to use them. Normally I'm pretty possessive of my sewing scissors, but I told them they could use them, if they were cutting fabric ONLY! After securing some scraps of felt left over from their Halloween costumes, they went to work furiously cutting, clipping and designing.
Within an hour, Autumn was scampering up the stairs telling me I HAD to come see the Winnie Cayla had made for her. She was also insistent that I, "hot glue it.....or sew it, whatever you want to do Mom. And add some of that stuffing to it too."
When I set eyes on Winnie I beamed. Not because Cayla's the next Marc Jacobs (he's a designer, Mom) but because she had poured her heart into making this bear for Autumn, and wanted nothing more than to make her sister happy.
While my sewing skills are lackluster at best, sewing a Winnie with 8,000 pieces wasn't exactly the simplest task, but it did go quickly. I'm glad I didn't crush their spirits by telling them 'no' when they asked to use my sewing scissors, and I'm glad I was too busy to care about the cost of fabric when they inquired about using leftover felt. I'm glad I didn't stifle their creativity by insisting they first clean their rooms, unload the dishwasher, or perform one of a dozen tasks I could have asked them to perform.
I'm glad God blessed me with sweet girls; I'm glad I didn't tell them 'no', and I'm so very glad I didn't miss out on this:

6 comments:

Clare said...

That is definitely a keeper! Isn't it amazing how sweet siblings can be to each other at times? That will certainly be a precious memory to share when they are older-and hopefully remember the next time they fight!:)

Robyn said...

I love when I let "loose" and my kids do something sweet and fun together. You are a way better mom than me though, cause there is NO way I would let Gideyon near a pair of my sewing scissors!;) I am always amazed at how much fun my guys can have with so little. One day I gave them a bag of dress up clothes and they played in our garage for 3 hours straight!

Ann said...

That is so sweet! What a wonderful memory!

Lisa said...

How sweet! I saw "Poo" when I was picking up the girls' things at my house. I could tell someone made it, but didn't know the sweet story behind it until now. I hadn't read this post until after you left. "Poo" is very cute. Good job with the sewing. I thought Cayla might have made him in group class. Perhaps she will design someday. She and Luke can be a team now that he is so into "duck" tape design.

Lisa Dawn said...

How adorable! Even my dad ahed when I showed it to him. I remember making a envelope pocket thing for my friend Kyndall when I was about 10. It even had a button. It was super cute. I really love Cayla's Pooh. I'm getting the Ugly Doll vibe from it. That is in a good way though! : )

Jacki said...

THIS is why I love you so - The Holy Spirit kept you from saying "NO" when you normally would, how many times over during the course of this project! AND you shared this with all of us. I admit it brought a tear of joy to my eye as I read it and thought of all the times.... Thank you Rachel for being such a joy to know.