I hosted two of my favorite girls to a morning of sewing last week to help break up their spring holiday. Both Coco and Saba were four-year old’s in my class at Montessori, when I first moved here three plus years ago. So really I think of them both as old friends. I had them over for a mini sewing lesson while C was away at nursery. It seems funny to have children over while on a break from my own, but there is such a world of difference to spending four hours home with 8 yr-olds, to four hours home with my toddler! And to be able to share my own current passion with them was such a pleasure. Without meaning to, I have pretty much turned our diningroom into an art/sewing studio. I don’t think I realized what a lovely space it has become till I saw how easy it was to have the girls at the table with everything nearby, in a somewhat organized fashion. As with all spaces in a proper home, it’s always evolving!
I still had a couple of Spring wreath materials cut out from C’s school project, so I gave them those while I finished preparing their sewing fabric.
I had recently been given these great Ikea pieces of random black and white house prints from a friend doing a major sort through of her stash, so first I had the girls color in the pieces. They then practiced sewing buttons on for decoration, before hand stitching them together to make a pillow.
I think we ended up with very proud project finishers!
While they were working on their pillows, I was working on a little felt board for C. I have been trying to put together some works for her shelf in the studio space, so we can both work side by side. I took and old cork board, spray painted it white, and spray glued on a couple of pieces of felt to make up the sky and grass. Then I cut out some clouds, flowers and a sun, a very simple project really, but it turned very sweet. I still have a few more ideas for her shelf in here – fabric matching box, bobbin/spindle matching, moving her play dough in her out of the kitchen. LIke I said always evolving. But I have to appreciate it for what it is in the moment…