...a couple of weeks ago with her birthday in sight, my youngest daughter, Nico (7 going on 8) , set her heart on a birthday party at a Build-a-Bear workshop, which I have to admit was far from the top of my list for party ideas... Why? well, for quite a few reasons -- for starters, these "workshops" in our area are located in malls which I don't like being in at the best of times let alone with a bunch of children to celebrate a birthday... Luckily, at about the same time, I happened on a newly-released book called "Sewing for Children" by Emma Hardy at a local bookstore which put a big smile on my face as I was flipping through the pages... Take a look:
I grabbed it and showed it to Nico when I got home and suggested that perhaps we could have a sewing party for her birthday and make one of the projects in the book. Nico, who is a crafter by nature, was immediately smitten by the book and decided on sewing the tea set and pastries for her party (...and Build-a-Bear was quickly forgotten!) We ended up sewing the teapot and teacups on Saturday, the day before her party, because we figured we probably wouldn't have time to do it all during her party, and kept the pastry-making for her party. So yesterday, six girls between the ages of 7 and 14 sat around a table, and buoyed by some yummy snack foods, set about sewing pastry which they did brilliantly! Most of them decided on making the cupcake which is a little gem of a pattern because it is so simple to make, yet looks absolutely adorable when made -- Thank you Emma Hardy!
Nico has now set her sights on making the mice and toadstool set (OK, how incredibly cute is this pattern!), the kitty bag and the rag dolls, which I must confess, I want to make as well! Next time, you're at a bookstore, take a peek at this book and I bet it'll put a big smile on your face!