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Saturday, January 19, 2008
gifts for little girls we love


My little friend Sydney turned five years old today. Sydney is bold, beautiful, full of ideas and enthusiasm and she loves to offer my (very shy and unwilling) son ample hugs and kisses.

Sydney LOVES the color red (which illustrates her very good taste). To help her celebrate I made her this little handbag. The fabric for the body and lining came from the beautiful little fabric store in Taos. Someday, I'll use more of it to make napkins. The straps were made from some gorgeous golden yellow fabric that I bought in Paris years ago.


My big boy is in love with a little girl named Edie. Today he drew a picture of himself with a thought bubble above the drawing of his head and inside the thought bubble was Edie.

"See mommy, I'm thinking about Edie."

For Christmas, he wanted to make her gift himself. We began a friendship bracelet, but it quickly became clear that I would be driven insane by all the mind-numbing knots and hopelessly tangled embroidery floss. I didn't want his memory of the project to be of me losing my mind and destroying the tangled, beloved friendship bracelet in a fit of rage.

Instead we turned to the trusty potholder loom, for which he showed a particular affinity when he was four. He wanted to make potholders for everyone he knew. I remembered seeing a great feature in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago, in which she used her potholder loom with yarn to make sweet little squarish objects. We watched a great tutorial video by Noreen Crone-Findlay, here to learn how to warp our loom and weave. Don't you love the internet?

And the boy was off! It does my heart so much good to see him finding satisfaction in things he can do with his hands. I helped with
some of the stitching around the little purse, but it was entirely woven by him and he was very proud. The lovely yarn he chose from my stash, was some of Scout's superwash worsted in the color Orchids.

Wonderful things can happen when a boy loves a girl.

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That is just gorgeous! What a sweet kid you've got.
Edie and Sydney are very lucky girls. It looks as if you are raising a true gentleman.
Molly, your eye for color and design are priceless. No medium is a match for your artistry!!!

Sydney LOVES her bag- and we love you!
Love Joanne
I think you need to make big girl bags too!
Miss and love you!
I think that is the cutest story I have heard in a long time. Your boy is just adorable, and I hope Edie liked the gift!
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