Sigh. Where does the time go? The kids and I were out for a walk the other day and noticed that the leaves are already beginning to change colors. Another summer drawing to an end--much too quickly I might add. And yet there is much to look forward to in the coming weeks--cooler weather (read: smaller hair/fewer mosquitoes), fall foods (I make a mean French onion soup), and the start of a new school year (crayons on sale for $.19 a box--oh, how I love a bargain).
A friend of mine sent me some pictures of her daughter all dressed up for her first day of kindergarten in a plaid, pleated jumper and black Mary Janes. (Swoon!) I must admit briefly toying with the idea of abandoning homeschooling, if only for the adorable uniforms. Instead, I stayed up late and indulged myself in a wild and crazy night of back-to-school sewing:
Recognize that fabric? I used it to make Asher's critter keeper too. All from a curtain panel I got on clearance at Target ($10). Rather Maria Von Trapp-esque, don't you think?
To make this skirt, I used House on Hill Road's Twirly Skirt tutorial. After an intense period of rigorous experimentation, I think we can safely say it lives up to its name:
I think she likes it, don't you? (Yes, that is a giant mosquito bite in the middle of her forehead.)
Loosely following the instructions in this book, I also made Asher a drawstring backpack from the same material.
He's been asking for a "pack-pack" like Olivia's, so I assumed he would be excited about it. Instead, I got this:
It seems he thought we were fitting him for a straight-jacket, not a backpack (he didn't like his arms restrained). Lesson learned: never assume anything with a two-year-old. Apparently, a tote bag would have been better:
By the way, did you notice Olivia's gold medal in that first picture? She got that from the dentist for her superior teeth-brushing skills. Yeah, that's my kid--Best in Show in Dental Hygiene. (Woot!) I can only imagine what other pinnacles await during the coming school year...
Asher = 1st Place in Play Dough Ingesting? I think so.