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Ellie Made It!

So today we are being treated to another brilliant balloon jellyfish, this time courtesy of Ellie.

Ellie’s jellyfish has a mass of swirling twirling tentacles to catch your eyes and a fantastic furry smile in case you are ever in need of cheering up.

My favourite part, however, is his jaunty little sun hat.
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And here is Ellie hard at work making her jellyfish friend. Just look at all those fantastic ribbons.
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Thank you Ellie for sharing him with us.

But wait… I can’t finish without sharing a little jellyfish secret.

You see, every time you walk past them they move in the breeze and their shiny ribbon-y tentacles twist and turn as if to say a wibbly jellyfish ‘hello’. It almost makes you want to walk past them just for fun.

And if that doesn’t make you smile then I don’t know what will. Thank you Keira and Ellie. You make the best balloon jellyfish.

Keira Made It!

And so we find ourselves with another fantastic “I made it!” and very excitingly it’s a double episode!

So our first talented crafter is Keira who, along with her sister, has made a brilliant balloon jellyfish.

These are always my favourite posts and my favourite projects. I love the fact that when children craft there’s no limit to their creativity, no restraint, no holding back.

And why should there be?

Quite frankly if you’re a homemade jellyfish then I can see no reason not to have as many ribbons and decorations as possible.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Keira (and her sister Ellie, as you’ll see in tomorrow’s post) have both ensured that their balloon jellyfish are as magnificent as any jellyfish could possibly want to be.

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My favourite parts are the beautiful ribbon tentacles, twisting and twirling as if they were swimming along in the sea.
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And here is Keira working away on her jellyfish.
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Thank you for sharing your jellyfish with us Keira, his big bright smile has cheered up our house while he visited us.

Tying up loose ends…

I find that summertime is a slightly challenging time for my crafting.

No, scrap that… I have absolutely no issue with some calm sewing, seated in dappled shade with a backdrop of distant overlapping sounds of summer; lawn mowers, children’s laughter and cheerful bird song.

But it’s not quite the scene that you find in our garden at this time of year.

It’s a truth often said (or at least which should be often said) that a half finished sewing project, sun tan lotion, melting ice creams, and sand pit contents are not the component ingredients for a happy crafter.
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And in a final blow to my crafting plans, the Little Pumpkin has decided that day time naps are now firmly placed on the negotiating table.

So it can feel as if I’m constantly chasing my tail, but I know that I’m not unique in this pace of life.

And in the midst of all the chaos my sense is that, before I know it, the Monkey and Pumpkin will be well on their way to independence, running off with friends and leaving my ‘goodbyes’ hanging in the air unheard.

That before I know it, I’ll find myself longing for the days when a paddling pool was the epitome of post school entertainment.
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After all, it’s nice to be needed isn’t it? Nice to be a main cast member rather than the support act.

And so my ideas mooch around my head for a little while longer, but it’s a trade I’m willing to make. I might not be making all the projects I’d like to but I’m helping two amazing children grow into the people that they have been created to be.

And I’m walking with them as they discover the gifts and talents that lie their hands and the things that make their hearts sing the way that being creative resonates with my heart.

And in the meantime I’ve been trying to move things along and tie up loose ends, in particular a dress for the Little Pumpkin that I started for Easter but missed the deadline.
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In a fit of frustration at the dresses’ audacity to fail to be completed on time, I allowed it to sit there requiring, but not receiving, attention.

But it does look adorable on Little Pumpkin and so I’ve picked it up and fallen in love again with its pattern and colours.
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So now it is hemmed, pressed, finished and ready for wearing to a special day in a few weeks’ time.

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