Sadie is invited to a b-day party this weekend, a princess themed b-day party of a sweet 4 year old. The b-day girl is getting this magic wand I made over the weekend. I am quite pleased with it and need to make more. I really am enjoying working with paint, wood, and paper right now. And I love toy making.
Sadie is supposed to come all princess-ed out and we really aren't all that into princesses here. She is only just 3 and is really into pretending to be Peter Rabbit or Harold (of purple crayon fame) . For lack of a formal princess outfit, I am going to have her wear a mish-mash of things, this skirt, possibly some fairy wings, (fairy princess?), and then maybe a birthday crown I made the girls but never even got around to using (will photograph this if it she will keep it on)
another view of the wand, between wishes.
I was discussing with my close friend, who is also more of a tomboy like myself and also has a young daughter, about the proliferation of princess stuff out there right now. Not just all the night gowns (these give me the heebies-all that synthetic!) but in the movies, etc. I was born in 1972 and it was all Holly Hobby, Free to Be, You and Me, back then and I refused to wear dresses (overalls only) after the age of 4-until I was 12. Seriously. My b-day parties were all about Snoopy, and I wanted to be Tatum O'Neil from the Bad News Bears. Don't get me wrong, I am all for dress up, princess dress up too, but I just realized how much more pink and sparkle there is out there right now then when I was growing up. I did have superstar barbie and all that,but the Disney thing was so different then. All I remember coming out when I was little was The Rescuers (which I LOVED and had the album and cried almost every time I heard it.) I don't want you to think I am anti-princess, I loved Cinderella. a whole bunch.
Sadie is not really all that girly. yet, anyway. She has been showing strong preferences towards fairies lately, which I wholly embrace because I want to live in the forest with my gnome family under a mushroom and eat moss for dinner. And on that note, although I am happy with the wand, I would love to make one out of an actual stick (not a painted wood dowel) with the bark showing, but I don't think the b-day girl would be as happy with that, so I made this one without bark.
Oh!! And I really flipped when I saw this link from Karen-these crowns by Ashley Carter are amazing!! and do you see the magic wand in there too?? I thought I was being all cool with my stripes, but this amazing gal not only has stripes on her magic wands, but glitter stripes!
** and thanks so much for all the kind words about my quilt! that sure feels good.