We were able to make a homemade toy for Liddy's birthday—a Princess and the Pea Play Set. This was a collaborative effort by myself and her older sisters.
The doll, which was a drawing by Delia, was scanned and printed onto fabric. We then made it into a soft doll.
The bed was made from the very handy kit here (I was thrilled to find this! It made this project so easy) We painted the wooden bed gold and glued on the lace trim. Then we sewed about 7 mattresses from fabric scraps. Old cloth diapers were used for the mattress stuffing.
A book was written and illustrated by Sadie.
This was my favorite part of our birthday celebration for the 3 year old. I have seen these type of Princess and the Pea toys before, on Etsy and other blogs, and have always loved them and their play potential.
I asked the girls a few weeks back what we should make for Liddy and we came up with this. It all hinged on the bed, which was quite the score, I think. Then everything else came together very easily. Delia was all about the doll and the bed decoration and Sadie was more into painting the bed and making the book. Both girls gave this to Liddy and showed her how to play with it—and it was so sweet. Liddy LOVES it and the girls couldn't be more proud.
This reminds me of how we do Solstice gifts—we come up with an idea and help the girls make them. I am really laid back about the process, so if they get bored, lose interest, or only finish it half-way, I never worry about it. I just finish it up for them and they love it. Even if I am sure they have lost interest in it, they haven't. Everyone that has walked through our house recently has been shown this toy, the girls can't stop talking about it.
They are so used to making toys, clothes, food, and just stuff now. It's heartwarming to see their minds working, trying to figure out how to make something. The other day when I was finishing up Delia's nightgown and was adding the lace, she asked if she could use a color other than white. I said we only had white lace right now and she asked if we could dye some, like I did in my book. Ha!
Really, I know I am bragging here, but I love these kids. And I love watching them learn and grow and just exist.