It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Pretty, pretty

From Llevo el Invierno via Prudent Baby via One Pretty Thing, we have…

a whole heap of…

very, very pretty…


Most of these were made with scrap material I had already, though I did need to purchase some. Aren’t they lovely???

I cut the feathers using pinking shears to reduce fraying, since there was NO WAY I was going to hem each scallop of each row of each wing. No way at all.

Since there’s such a mix of fabrics of indeterminate provenance, they will have to be machine washed in cold water on the delicate cycle, and must NOT be put in the dryer!! But costumes don’t get laundered so much as spot-cleaned generally, anyway, right? And what’s a little hang-drying in the face of such utter cuteness?

I’ve made five sets this month. Though the original blogger glued hers, I sewed mine. I think they’ll be more durable that way. What with cutting the scalloped strips for feathers, piecing, sewing, and finishing (a bit; they could be much more finely finished, but I was DONE), I’d say each pair of wings took three hours.

A labour of love, for sure, but SO CUTE. And really? So FUN to do. I enjoyed every minute.

December 21, 2011 Posted by | Christmas, crafts | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Feeling better…

Emily arrived with a largish gift bag today. A gift bag into which she immediately plunged her little arms. Mummy deferred Emily — “Not now, honey. That’s for Christmas.” –then explained to me, “She wants to give you her contribution right now!

For the next half hour, Emily participated in all our activities, but it was clear her wee heart wasn’t in it. Longing glances at the gift bag while we sang our circle songs; a careful fluffing of the tissue paper every time she passed the tree; many mentions that “It’s not quite Christmas yet!”…

and Mary caved. What harm in giving the kid the joy of giving, when she so clearly wants to?

She opens the bag and pulls out…


Do I believe that she put on every single one of those 500 stickers?

This is Emily of the Christmas ball.

Yes, I do.

Isn’t it great?

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, crafts, Emily | , , , , , | 8 Comments