Tuesday, October 26, 2010

born to craft (a pennant banner)

Brooklynn is in her second year of preschool,
and proves regularly, she has major skills
 in the arts and crafts department.
She can trace, cut and glue better than I ever expected.
I let her start with "very-beginner" scissors,
at probably about Asher's age {2 1/2}
or maybe even earlier.

Maybe those times when she was tiny,
when I would sit her in her bouncy seat
while I was doing crafty things, channeled creativity into her spirit.
She was a pleasant, no-fuss baby girl--
the sweetest of sidekicks;
born and raised to craft.

On the contrary,
if my Asher gets a hold of glue, scissors, pens or anything else that can be used to destruct,
I will jump a flight of stairs to remove them from his grip.
Why oh why, must this be so?
During the weekend, Brooklynn and I had to sneak this little project while brother
was getting some shut-eye and rejuvenating his little tanks of potential mayhem.
{Want to see mayhem?  Go here.}
I plan to keep him on just crayolas for a long while.

~Do your best~

were the words she wanted this little lovely to say.

She also traced and cut the triangles,
chose the font and the paint colors,
stamped most of the letters
and picked out the ribbon and the flowers. 
She even used the glue gun to adhere the pennants to the ribbon
{with a little guidance from Mom}.

She is quite thrilled with her banner,
and I am as well.
I love seeing her light up each time she climbs into bed,
and look forward to many, many more crafts together.

And the chosen message...
It speaks volumes about Brooklynn, and her sweet, precocious spirit.


Erin October 26, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

I love love this... how precious :) and well done I might add.

I Love Pretty Little Things October 26, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Oh my goodness! Her face and hands have the natural look of a crafter. I, too, am a natural born crafter, as was my mom and her mom. I remember watching my Mom concentrating on the various crafts that passed through my childhood and teenage years. I think that it does seep into us. What a wonderful thing to pass on to your daughter. :)
The pendants are so, so cute- and what she chose to write says volumes not just about her, but about you as a mother, too.
Enjoy your time together!!!

Stephanie October 26, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

Aw, I love it! What a great job she did =)

Jennifer D October 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

So sweet. She is such a lovely little girl. I always wanted a girl to craft with. My son is not interested! My mother nurtured my crafty side as I grew, she let me go to town with her kitchen pantry, and helped me learn to embroider, crochet and sew. You really have something special there.

I adore the banner, and the message is fabulous...so smart.

Michelle October 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

That's such a lovely craft. And what a sweet message that she chose for it!

mme. bookling October 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

OMG. Seriously? Impressive, and endearing as hell.

I love that you are doing these things together...and it harkens back to your most recent post about balance. I think you are reaping the benefits to doing what you love and having your children watch...

Erin October 26, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

It's just beautiful and she did an amazing job. We love pennant banners around here! In fact I have some oversized chipboard ones here sitting in a corner that I still haven't cooked up a project for! Let me know if you inspiration strikes you!

Brooklyn has great skill! What a talent! She takes after her amazing mother! I am glad to hear of another mommy that started her lil' one early on scissors. Mollie too is gifted in this way! Would love to see our girls crafting together through all their years starting now!

Thank you for the reminder that I can give her more responsibility and freedom with her scissor skills and not limit it to her current curriculum! This means a lot!

Erin October 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

I am so sorry I keep spelling her name with only one "n"!

Brooke Premo October 26, 2010 at 3:53 PM  

How sweet! She is so talented.

Her headboard is adorable, as well!

Tammy October 26, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

Way to go Brooky! Absolutely precious! Cass, I love your new profile pic too!

Shaleign October 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

To requote our convo earlier this week, you are so blessed to have a little girl. Crafts are wonderful. But I am lucky that Carter does like to do stickers and make cards, stamps and such. I dout that he will ever make such a beautful banner as Brooklyn has, but it's still fun to get to do something with him and crafts.

pink cupcake vintage October 28, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

I love this banner! So Sweet! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

A Serenade for Solitude October 28, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

Thanks so much for all your comments! I've told Brooklynn how impressed you are, and she gave a big smile. :) xx

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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