One of my favorite things ever is to watch children imagine, create, and play. Many of my own best childhood memories involve imaginative play. Even now, I like to think I have a healthy and active imagination. 😉
Because I love encouraging imaginative play, I have been creating some whimsical crowns. I made this one for Rebekah, and though it turned out a bit tight, it fits great (I am a tight hooker). I decided to make a couple for my friend’s daughters because they are 3 and 5–the perfect ages for imaginative play! But, because I am a tight hooker, I opted to alter the patterns to make a crown that ties in the back. I am still refining my pattern, but I am pretty happy with how they turned out–thought I still need to try them on the girls. I am tweaking and modifying this pattern.
For Rebekah’s first birthday we are going to do a causal party at the park with all of Rebekah’s friends from church. She loves swinging and playing outside, plus our place is rather too small to do an indoor party. When I was a little girl, I loved playgrounds because it felt like playing in a jungle or a castle. I can recall hours and hours of imaginative play at parks. I am considering making a bunch of these crowns with some leftover yarn so that the kids at the party can each have one–I just need to figure out something for the boys . . . Any ideas?
Also, I am enjoying The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming because it is inspiring me to journal and reflect on the type of home we want to create. I finally put up a curtain in the guest room, bought some fresh flowers, and started lighting candles again. Those small things have made our home feel warmer and more welcoming. But the external is not nearly as important as the internal. The internal creates the atmosphere and the true nature of the home. So, I am also trying to reflect inwardly on my attitude and the affect it has on our family.
Also, I noticed today that one of my favorite children’s book authors teamed up with one of my favorite illustrators to create a cute potty training book: Skip to the Loo, My Darling! by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
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