Friday, February 05, 2010

Character Building

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Today was book character day for the elementary among us. Isabela spent about a whole one zillionth of a second deciding who to be. The love of Laura started a ways back but hasn't gone anywhere yet (we even bought some seasons of the tv series on dvd for her at Christmas which she lurves). We knew we needed a prarie-ish style dress of a small scale print and an apron. Since we had about 30 minutes before bed to pull three kid characters together last night, we borrowed this flannel nightie that my mom made for Juliana (mom, pipe up in the comments if you remember the pattern). Its a little big but fit the bill perfectly.

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Then I literally took about 10 seconds to cut a width of muslin into an apron shape, no sewing, hemming, nothin' and tied it around her. She looked in the mirror and had the kind of smile that makes her top cheek dimple join the other lower dimples and all was right with the world.

Last year she was the Giving Tree, and we took a lot of time to make a felt-leafed dress, shirt, headband, the works. Upswing: Eleni wanted to be Giving Tree this year. Perfect. Downswing: all we could find from last year's costume was the headband. But I am about to tell you reason #731,683,002 that I love Eleni... she was so excited to get to use my studio stapler that she was more than happy just stapling green poster board leaves to a green shirt for about 10 minutes, wearing brown pants (the trunk, of course) and calling it a tree. Whew. Okay who's next. Right. Joseph. Joseph always wants to be some piece of machinery but he settled on Huck Finn since he is a friend of mischief and its actually a book he's read. And everyone has a plain shirt, jeans to be rolled up, and the ability to make a hobo napsack. Done. I also noticed him grab the straw hat off of our melting snowman on his rush to the bus this morning. My kind of kid.

So. Flannel! I am in love with many gorgeous flannel creations and tutorials that I have been pointed to online and elsewhere and finally set up Folksy Flannel Flickr group for you! I almost called it the Finally Flannels Flickr group, but I am trying to think positively. So join the fun.

I am headed to the couch with my little "Laura" to watch some Little House while we wait for pizza and Pa to come home. (How did Ma survive without the pizza man!? I'd say being married to Pa made up for the lack of modern conveniences. Let's save that for another post.)

Have a great weekend! xo,Anna

48 comments:

  1. Preciou beyond belief.... please tell me how to get the tutorials listed on the sidebar... I'm driving myself crazy trying to figure this out.... help...when ever you have a chance.....

    Have a great weekend.

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  2. I love those books. Remember when Ma made the pie out of a green pumpkin and everybody was so over the moon about it? I love that. She makes such a sweet Half Pint. The Giving Tree makes me cry just about every time we read it which ,until not too long ago, was just about every night. I think it should be required reading for cynical adults.

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  3. The nightgown pattern is: Simplicity 9012.
    Looks charming on "young Laura"!
    Mom

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  4. Very cute "Laura" hope you enjoy your Friday evening in the house;)

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  5. Practically flawless. How does Ma manage it?

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  6. ......you make it sound so easy!:)

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  7. i'm so happy about the folksy flickering....been looking forward to that! And well, little house, there's nothing better. I have to mention the one where ma, instead of making herself a dress, stayed up all night making dresses for Mary and Laura...and no man could ever tear up as manly as Charles did, I always loved that!

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  8. jenny from florida7:45 PM

    Wow! I can't believe you wrote about Laura Ingalls today! (By the way, Isabela is so adorable - love those "Little House" braids!) When I left a comment yesterday, I almost mentioned about my very first visit to your blog when one of the photos you had posted was of The Little House In The Big Woods book. I grew up absolutely in love with these books! I still have my old set of yellow paperbacks and reread them every once in awhile. When I home schooled my son I made sure these were part of the curriculum even though they're probably more for a girl. But, at least I concentrated mainly on Farmer Boy for him! Hope you're little ones had a great character day at school! Have a wonderful weekend!:)

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  9. i still don't know how you live with yourself knowing you've got the coolest fabric out there!

    good thing there's humility.

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  10. that is so neat!!!

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  11. Do I detect a bit of Charles-lust? Come-on we all had it bad for him in the day!

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  12. So sweet! I live about 20 minutes away from Walnut Grove, so if you ever want to visit for Laura Ingles Wilder Days, let us know! Our book group is going this summer after we re-read the book.

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  13. Now you've got me wanting to dog out the old classics again - it's been too long.

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  14. How sweet I miss those days of dressing up myself but my time will come when its my little girls turn. Any ways I love the print of the dress I'm a big flannel fan!
    I don't know how Ma lived without the pizza man either...I couldn't live without him so I married him!

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  15. I'll bet your kids think they are the luckiest kids in the world come Halloween time ;) and they are!

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  16. Sweet post - enjoy your evening with your little Laura. I might just have to gather some of those dvds for my girls. I loved watching Little House w/ my mom - some good life lessons for sure!

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  17. Great job with the costumes; I loved reading this post!

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  18. My daughter was also Laura in her school "wax museum" last year. She wore one of my "prairie" skirts, an apron, and a bonnet (courtesy of my MIL :) ). We borrowed all the Little House season DVDs from our local library. We just finished up season 9! My girls (and myself :) ) loved them! Wish there were more! Enjoy!

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  19. I think this is the best way to make these occasional dress up costumes, quick and cheap! I once spend a morning sewing a capelet and bonnet for my 'Little Bo Peep' but my 'Bo' refused to wear it to her pre-school Assembly of course!
    I love your Folksy flannels btw, bought two of them, so will go to the Flickr group for inspiration. :)

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  20. How sweet! I'm sitting here with my 7 year old, waiting for a new episode of "the little house" that's about to start in 10 minutes :) I think I have to head up to the attic later, and find my old boooks.

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  21. I love the nightgown and the costume! My sons and I have been reading our way through the Laura books and we often wonder how they survived many things, only one of which is lack of pizza man! Miraculous to us. And, great stories.

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  22. I was Cleopatra once when we did this as kids. I still remember the costume - a nightie of my moms, a crumpled foil spray painted snake around my neck and arm, and crimped hair. Thanks for the memories.

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  23. I love the quick and easy creative costumes best.

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  24. I think that the dearth of Folksy flannel pics is due to Fabric lovers, err, collectors who cannot bear to cut into your fabulous fabrics! I want PJ pants, Nightgowns, pillowcases, etc... am so afraid that I'll mess it up with my beginner skills that I just get it out and pet it, admire it, then reverently put it away again.... Maybe I'll just do what I did with "Little Folks"; buy some fabric to cut into, then some to just collect...

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  25. Very sweet. I would love my own Laura nightie. My little boys watch that with me everyone once in awhile. The basic drama pulls them into make believe for the rest of the evening. And seeing how hard everyone worked for the basics helps even out my perspective. :)

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  26. My heart soars when I see a little girl falling in love with Little House books and tv show...the characters are real people who can teach so much. Yippee for Laura...it was the perfect outfit.

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  27. Oh, Laura.. If you only knew the impact you had on little girls everywhere (and I think, only in the best ways possible). How great that you had so much of what was needed, as well as creativity - which is obviously shared by your kids!

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  28. What a coincidence...my children had to dress up for a school activity today too...but not quite so academic :) In honor of the family fun night dance party, the kids could dress in the style of their favorite music decade. I sent Elvis and Cindy Lauper to school. I bet my Cindy could beat up your Laura. ha!ha!

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  29. What is the name of the fabric that the curtains are made out of in the top photo of this post, and where in your shop can I find it? I love it! Thank you!

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  30. I suspect that will be the last time you compare your daughter's legs to tree trunks.

    From one half pint to another... very good choice.

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  31. Cindy G.7:23 AM

    Very cute. My mom and I watched Litte House alot way back. I do remember if Pa cried, we were goners!!

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  32. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you and your blog for the "Sunshine Award." You can read more about it on my blog, Beth Stone Studio at this link:

    http://bethstonestudio.blogspot.com/2010/02/little-award.html

    I'm enjoying your posts! Have a great day!

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  33. I love "Little House" still and I also love flannel. I've been hooked on making flannel pillowcase this last week. They are quick, easy and sure dress up a bed. Love your website!

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  34. The outfit is adorable!
    I have read all of those books over & over again. Can even recite from them. This post brought back memories and now I'm going to get them back out and start reading again. You're never too old for a good book!

    Alyssa
    lifeoflyssie.com

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  35. I loved the Laura books and the show too. My daughter, now 28, wanted to be Kirsten , the Swedish American Girl Doll character. Isn't it funny, the more things change, the more they stay the same!

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  36. I share the same Little House obsession and am making little wooden covered wagons for my Etsy shop with your fabric;) (yours isn't posted yet- waiting for bigger wheels and horses and then will post). Take a look if you'd like willowbaus.etsy.com

    love your work and your life... thanks for sharing!

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  37. How precious is she? I know about the love of that show. I was hooked as a kid. I found out I was born a little after 5 (when it aired in my town) and asked my mom if she was watching it while she was having me. Ha! Love the dress.
    Anna

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  38. I just put away our copy of The Giving Tree; it seems so dark and sad and makes me depressed. But Laura? Oh, how I identify...though I wouldn't want to trade shoes.

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  39. am living in france right now and have somehow fallen into a routine of watching an episode of 'la petite maison sur la prairie' every morning as i eat my breakfast.

    it's apparently been in syndication here, well, forever, and the french just love it.

    and they're all just as endearing in french, and they help me to learn important words for my life in paris, like stable, bonnet and slate.....

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  40. Glad to know I'm not the only one who found "Pa" hunky.

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  41. "santa" brought us the complete little house DVD collection for christmas- my 4 year old daughter LOVES it!! and how happy am I that she wants to play "little house on the prarie" at school while her friend wants hanna montana! hooray for the ingalls!!

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  42. When I was a young child, I would dream of being Laura Ingalls!

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  43. Oh, it's a beautiful dress and presentation too! I like it!

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