Thursday, 26 June 2014

parenting by a fabric loving mum

I was picking out fabrics for a new project today, a job I would normally do when the little one is napping but today she didn't so she joined in. Obviously I could have waited until later but why not have fun together?! We talked about all the colours since I'm making a rainbow coloured quilt - ok I say talked... I told her the names and she said 'ba!'. She's clearly her mother's daughter because she just wanted to hug it all:


I talk to my kids all the time and colours are a fun thing to learn but she's only one and barely talking so obviously it ended up like this:


Yeah. That's way more fun!!

One of the things I learnt after having my first child (and didn't fully achieve until after my second) was how crucial it is to do things for you. I do a lot for my family but I'm doing them no favours if I'm not taking time for myself and relaxing. So sometimes the two combine, though not often because let's face it sewing time is really more enjoyable (more peaceful, focused and probably safer) when they aren't around. There are things they can watch me do, or get involved in and occasionally we do that - like picking fabric, helping baste (the older kids), working on little projects and they even like to look at patterns in my sewing books to tell me what to make next. After all I also want to teach them that having a hobby is fun and there's no better way than for them to see me doing what I love.

I had my son help pick out fabric for his best friend who had a wobbly tooth and no tooth fairy cushion. Last night I made him this skull tooth cushion (my tutorial is here, this time I used 10" square of fabric):


We gave it to him at school this morning and just in time because his tooth fell out before school so he can use it tonight! At pick up he very sweetly gave me this home made jam as a thank you (thanks to his lovely mum!):


I am very in love with the label!


This is a totally hilarious and accurate video and after seeing it I watched a few more on their What's Up Moms? YouTube channel and would recommend watching it for an honest insight into general parenting and some great tips!




Live A Colorful Life

17 comments:

  1. What a great gift for your son's friend, and the label on the jam is perfection. :)

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  2. She is so cute! It's great to let them get involved in all sorts of crafting but you do need your me time - I remember it well! The strawberry jam looks delicious -I love the hand drawn fruity label! Alison xx

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  3. Aa long as she knows she can only play with fabric with permission. ;-)
    And learns to fold it again. You are a brilliant mum.

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  4. Oh I so empathise with the video clip! Old familiar territory! Love that label!

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  5. Love that you get your kids involved with your hobby. I'm sure that's the right way to instil a love of sewing or just creativity in them.

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  6. "ba" who doesn't love looking at fabrics! Cute post!

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  7. Memories are made of times like this. Your daughter looks like she is having a ball. The cushion is amazing. I didn't know a pillow was essential for the tooth fairy. I remember just wrapping the tooth in a tissue and putting it under the pillow. Enjoy these days with you children. They pass too quickly.

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  8. It looks like she enjoyed 'helping' you and I love the little skull cushion. Our DD1 just had her wisdom too teeth out at 26 and I think she would appreciate this ... She watched Toothless the cartoon too ... Appears they never grow up!

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  9. involving children in what we do as adults is sooo important .. esp letting them see that "me" time is just as important to being an adult as the work ethic etc x Start them young with the fabric and homemade I say x

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  10. and those memories of playing in the fabric with you is what they will remember years from now.

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  11. And it will pay off in the long run! The bottom drawer of a chest in my sewing room was filled with leftover fabric and was the exclusive domain of my daughters to do with as they pleased. 35 years later, they sew much to the amazement and envy of many of their friends!

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  12. Love the label on the jam too!!!!! So cute! And the video...hilarious!

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  13. Love that you involve your kids with your hobby some of the time, but also like to have it to yourself the rest of the time. It is oh, so important, to have some time to yourself!!!

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  14. Your little girl is adorable! Lovely to see her joining in with your fabric selecting :) And a great swap with your son's friend too :)

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  15. fabric is so great for them to play with, tactile, colours, sorting, shops, tents, hours of fun!

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