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Little Stitches

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This has been a very hectic week and I’m expecting the early part of next week to be crazy busy as well. Because of this fact, it was ultimately important that the girls and I spend some creative time outside today. I worked on a new art quilt while Amelia colored and Abby continued work on the fabric collage above.

Abby’s attention span for stitching is amazingly long for a 4-year-old. I just love her color choices and random stitching. I tried to teach her to stitch around the edge of each piece, but she said: “That’s not the way I do it.” I thought that response was pretty fantastic and abandoned my lesson plan.

Letting her do her thing was definitely the way to go, because she’s a delight to watch. She’s very quiet when she stitches, which is unusual for her. (She’s a Chatty McTalksAlot like me.) I didn’t teach her to do what she’s doing, I just put some fabric in a hoop and threaded a needle to get her started. She’s doing her crafty thing and seems to really enjoy it, which makes me exceedingly happy.

I’ve given up trying not to let on just how much I LOVE watching her stitch. Even though it might speed us toward the day when she no longer wants to stitch with her mama, I think it does us both good when I express the joy her little stitches bring me.

Amelia, 2, may be getting sucked into my craft world as well. She spent a good, long time sitting next to Abby on the swing watching her stitch today. I took pictures of that, too.

Oh, how I love my girls and the craft club we’ve formed out on our deck. I finally feel the way I did going to Sunday craft night at Great Grandma Case’s house. In the best of times, crafting with with female relatives is a wonderful experience grounded in unconditional love, the same unconditional love that gets you through everything else. I think Great Grandma would be very pleased, and I’m so grateful for her inspiration. (She was a craft goddess. I swear, she could make anything.)

So, today my heart overflowed with gratitude when I saw Amelia admiring the work of her big sister as they sat together on the swing. It started out as a stressful day at the office, but in that moment out on the deck, nothing else mattered and the creaking of the swing was the best sound ever.

And just because I don’t want to give you the false impression that my life is perfect… This precious moment evaporated when one of the little ladies elbowed the other and suddenly we were back to “normal.” Ah, well, that 15-minute, harmonious craft time was pretty fantastic while it lasted.

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Comment from Megan
Time: July 31, 2008, 11:05 pm

How lovely.
My 3 year old’s version of embroidery is here:
http://pennycarnival.typepad.com/penny_carnival/2008/07/ive-got-baggage.html
I never would have thought to give her thread a needle at this age, until I read about the idea in The Creative Family by Amanda Soule.

Comment from Miss 376
Time: July 31, 2008, 11:52 pm

I love times like that. Mind you, I have had to hold back at times to let their own creativity show, it’s so easy to say “you should do it this way”.

Comment from Este
Time: August 1, 2008, 5:24 am

Thanks for this — it is so great to hear about other working moms fitting in craft time with their kids! I know what you mean about crafting with female relatives — it is the best kind of connection. Thanks for the moment and the honesty :)

Comment from Catherine
Time: August 1, 2008, 5:12 pm

Did your little darling pose for this blog’s banner?
http://www.sarahjaneblog.com

:) Hope you make it through the next week!

Comment from Nancy
Time: August 1, 2008, 6:37 pm

What an adorable, totally charming story!!

Comment from Bev
Time: August 2, 2008, 9:03 am

This is great – well done to Abby! I love the fabric colour choices (hm, some of them look pretty familiar) – blue and orange are two of my favourite colours that zing and zap together, and I love the way she’s clearly chosen the thread specifically to go with each scrap. Congrats to your crafty club.

Comment from Emily
Time: August 2, 2008, 2:26 pm

What fun to hear about your V.P.s enjoying craft time with you. It’s not perfect (what is?!), but it’s pretty darn close. Elbows are for nudging and bumping and interrupting! It’s really terrific that you enjoy your girls!

Comment from Turtle
Time: August 2, 2008, 3:42 pm

Way to think Abby, keep thinking out of the box girl!! smile

Comment from jmbmommy
Time: August 2, 2008, 8:45 pm

Beautiful senitiment…and so true. I just wanted to re-tell you, the podcasts just keep getting better and better. I find myself listening to other interviewers (in other genres) and thinking “Jennifer A.H asks WAY better questions that this goof!” I am just impressed, keep up the FANtastic work and momming!

Comment from sarahelizabeth
Time: August 7, 2008, 8:56 am

Awesome! I love how you don’t teach your kids how to do things, and how you let them express themselves…I do the same thing with my six year old son, who also loves to stitch, do mail art, he even binds books. I’m teaching him how to knit right now. He loves doing what his mommy does!! I know that won’t last forever but I sure am enjoying it right now!

Kudos.

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