I was sitting at my kitchen table this morning, savoring my steaming mug of cinnamon tea, when the doorbell rang. I heard a familiar wee voice on the other side of the door, and when I opened it the most adorable 3 year old in the world greeted me with an ear to ear grin, “It’s me, Nana! Time for our play day.” As previously planned, my precious granddaughter Sophie Grace had come to spend the morning with me.
While I was fixing her breakfast we shared a nice chat. She’s a wonderful conversationalist, even at only 3 years of age. When I asked her what she would like to do today, she pondered for a moment, chin in hand…”Maybe make a card or something in your studio.” So as soon as we had cleaned up our breakfast plates, we headed up the stairs to my favorite spot in the house: my studio.
I had been working with my Hampton Art “Once Upon A Springtime” cling stamps yesterday, and they were still on my desk. Sophie spotted the sweet little dancing mice and the lovely fairy stamp and knew right away what she wanted to “play” with. We dug out the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper pad, and began to figure out what to create. I had stashed away a particularly nice 7″ x 7 1/2″ slab of corrugated cardboard, thinking it would make a great wall hanging. Perfect for what we had in mind. What little girl doesn’t need a “Sweet Dreams Fairy” to stand guard over her at night while she sleeps?
I’m always amazed at how much little children can do with just a little adult guidance. We spread the papers out on the floor and she immediately went for a green polka dot paper and a pink apple blossom paper. “This will go with my room.” And she was absolutely right. We measured together, and I cut the papers to size. Then, with her sitting in my lap, we used the sewing machine to stitch around the edges of each square. She used the bone folder to crease the paper to the proper size, squeezed the glue onto the back of the cardboard, and inked the edges using a sponge dauber. While I fussy cut the fairy and branches, she sat on the floor with my button box, picking out pink and green buttons for possible use in our wall hanging. When it came time to die cut the letters, she turned the crank on the Cuttlebug (with a little assistance….it takes muscles!). She inked the mice, fairy and branches with Versamark clear embossing ink, and then spooned clear embossing powder over them. The look of intense concentration on her face brought a smile to mine…she was loving every second of this! I kept expecting her to get bored, or to want to do something else, but she was fully engaged. She even had some great suggestions: “Let’s put a butterfly on it. Let’s use some glitter glue. I want roses and pink ribbon.” She had a vision of what she wanted to create. Isn’t’ that great?
We spent a delightful morning chatting and creating together. No TV. No video games. No toys other than the adult tools I use nearly every day in my studio. I cherish these precious moments we spend together. My grandmother used to say to me, “Play is the work of children.” Today, play was anything but work for this Nana and her sweet granddaughter.
If you have any questions about how to create this simple wall hanging with a child you love, please contact me. Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear from you.
Graphic 45 “Once Upon a Springtime” “Primrose Cottage” “Tiny Treasures”
Graphic 45 Metal Staples: Butterflies and Brads
Sizzix Embossing Folder in Damask
Prima Flowers Interlude C
Hampton Art Cling Stamps “Once Upon a Springtime 1”
Versamark Ink Pad
Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap and Crushed Olive
Ranger Stickles in Crystal
Sizzix “Naturally Serif” alphabet strip die
Black cardstock Hot off the Press
Ribbon, Button, Beads and glue from my stash
Ribbon, button and beads from my stash