A very kind reader recently asked me how it was going with our oldest after this post. Divine and I still have our weekly night together, and she does not let me forget. Ever. She is doing well, thank you for asking. Of course we have those days, but everyone does, right? The most recent project we have been working on is this birthday gift for Olive.
It sometimes stuns me to see so much of myself in another person. When Divine is working on a project, she is content, doesn't want to put it down and looks forward to the moment she can pick it up again [especially when it means staying up later than her sisters!]
I had her draw on paper what she wanted to make: A ballerina doll. Then I had her draw on the fabric the outline of the doll. I added a seam allowance and she cut it out, sewed it on the sewing machineall by herself[!],stuffed it and embroidered the mouth and some of the eyes.
We cut the top out of some velvet ribbon that doesn't fray and gathered some tiny pleated shear fabric for the skirt.
B.D. was very happy, but asked if hair was a possibility.
I went into my magic closet and found some lovely gold locks.
We tried a Beehive Bouffant El-ay-gont.
And B.D. liked it very much, but it just wasn't her.
So we tried happy, sunshine-y dreadlocks.
B.D. was a bit nervous with her hair so free.
We pulled it into a nice, neat bun on top and yes.
That was just right.
Olive hasn't released her since.
Go and sew with your child, twinkle toes.