While I was hanging the washing out today, Keira was pottering around the garden, and discovered the watering can filled with rainwater, and sat there for a while dipping her hands into it, and pouring the water over her feet. Then it dawned on me that she is the classic age for 'water play.' I brought out some plastic containers and jugs, and she spent the next two hours happily tranferring water between them.
This may sound like nothing exciting, but for me it was a major breakthrough, because Keira is the kind of baby who has never enjoyed playing with toys, games, or anything that doesn't involve me holding her, or an adult giving her one-on-one attention. So, naturally, I'm praying for sunny weather so that I can organise this activity for her every morning!
She was sitting in her tights and nappies, in a pool of cold water, but the sun was shining and it felt positively 'springy'. So I didn't feel too guilty, and even got a bit of gardening done, without having her tugging on my clothes the entire time. Blissful...
Inspired by the budding magnolia tree outside our bedroom window, I made this little purse today, for a friend:
I used the wonderful tutorial here at Mollychicken, and used dark green cord fabric for the outside, and embroidered some little white branches with buds ready to open on the front. My blanket stitch still needs some practice, but this is a really fun, quick project.
The purse is lined with some hand-printed fabric I had stored away a while ago, and rediscovered yesterday.