Friday, 25 July 2008
Twirly skirt and paint adventures
I love it when the children break up for summer. Six weeks of fun ahead. It's not really quite long enough, but we certainly pack a lot in. We began today, with ant houses (the children's suggestion, not mine!). So far we have Terry and Lucinda, and Joe and Rosie. At least, I think it was called Terry. He was our first, and was quite a plump ant, so we should be able to spot him. I wanted to pop a spot of paint on his back, but he wasn't having it!
We're also half-way through painting a castle...
And most frightening of all, I suggested to my 10 year old she makes a skirt. I was thinking tube skirt, with elastic waist. Easy. But I made the mistake of showing her what it would look like online, and she wants to make this one, from House on the Hill, which is a fabulous blog. Oh dear. This is from somebody who honestly only recently began to sew (me). But we've agreed to give it a go, as the tutorial looks simple. We've had fun choosing fabric (she has lots from a lovely freecycler) and she's choosing blue floral sprig fabric with a blue gingham contrast hem and waistband. Great. That means I have to find a way of lining the skirt, as the fabric is a gorgeous cotton, but thin. But we'll have to muddle through together, as I'm determined she has fun and isn't put off for 40 years like me!
We've so far cut a pattern out of newspaper...
I'll update with progress.
We're all excited because we're planning to see Wall-e late this afternoon. And it's a lovely hot day. So a happy Lace household!