When I first began to think about Zoe's birthday, I knew that I wanted to give her special gifts with love and good energy in them. She has so many toys, and in fact I have been purging things from the children's toy bins over the last couple of months. That led to my decision to really focus on handmade gifts for her.
This summer has proven challenging, for a variety of reasons. Thus momentum has been an obstacle for me. But I'm working on the various projects as time and inspiration allow. I'm about five minutes from finishing a plum-colored, beribboned tutu. I also dyed up a few handfuls of playsilks which will complement the Waldorf playstands my father is crafting for Zoe.
This was really a fulfilling project. I enjoyed that it didn't require any expertise or precision, only counter space and an eye which worships hue. Tutorials can be found on every other waldorf/AP/homeschool/crafty blog, it seems. So I won't bore you with the details, but please let me know if you're interested in the links which I found most helpful.
I am also midway through Zoe's birthday dress, the Modkid Emma. So far I've completed the bodice. I used ribbon from my stash down the center of the bodice, and did a little decorative stitching in a contrasting thread over the top. After that I covered some buttons with the bodice fabric as I couldn't find any that were the perfect shade of pink. I'm pleased with it so far, and really looking forward to completing the pretty petal skirt!