Thursday, February 23, 2017

Snowflake Celebration!







































Not much snow here this winter. That's good, I suppose, if you're grandpa-in-charge-of-driveway-shoveling. Not so much if you're grandma-in-charge-of-winter-exploring. I'd looked forward to company for tracking freshly pressed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon prints in our back yard woods. The kids and I would photograph them on sleepover Saturday mornings, examining their size and shape, speculating stride. Back inside, we'd page through nature volumes until we found the perfect match. We'd know who'd ventured out there late last night, while we snugly slept inside!

But no sumptuous banks of outdoor wintry white awaited our curiosity this year. If we desired a Celebration of Snowflakes, it was up to us to stage it for ourselves. We met that challenge with a Christmas break afternoon of indoor fun, allowing grandma to supply people built of snow and the dizzying cascade of flakes that Mother Nature denied us!

Brielle's pillow (shown above) melted only the hearts of her parents when she brought home this happy little snow lady! Starting with a 10" x 15" rectangle of white fabric sketched with a simple body shape, kids painted features (and GIANT hearts!) in acrylic. Finishing work is always done in grandma's workshop. That's where a sandwich of batting and backing allows for light outline quilting, and button eye and applique nose accents. Eyelet trim gave this gal an extra boost of feminine fluffiness. Then she was stuffed, dated, be-ribboned, and delivered!

Our Celebration included lunch, hot chocolate, sugar cookie baking, and a session of paper snowflake cutting as well. My little guests strung a garland of one-of-a-kind shapes to take home for festive draping, spreading a blizzard of fun for all of us!

13 comments:

  1. No snow at your house?? I wish that I could send you some of the blizzard buddies that have taken up residence at my home! (It's even snowing this morning!)

    That pillow is so cute! What a great activity you had. You're such a great grandmother!

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  2. Weirdest winter ever for some of us but how cute this is! Just adorable.

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  3. Fun and more fun. I love the ruffly snowlady - she's perfect, no slushy melting. We had snow and found deer prints, also raccoon and rat - plus lots of birds on the deck near the feeders. Hope our snow is gone for this year - though it snowed again the last two nights.

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  4. Really cute - Love that a child helped make it! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

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  5. Always love your posts! You are such a good grandma. So glad we met!

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  6. The pillow is so adorable. We haven't had much in the way of snow this winter either. I'm not complaining! Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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  7. The pillow is of course, beautiful! We haven't had snow this year either. In fact the weeping willow trees are already turning green and I have daffodils coming up. Who knows what March may bring though!

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  8. Awe, what a sweet celebration. Love the pillow! My grandbabies live in Florida, so never no snow for them. Thank you Joyce for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIM #LinkUp #BlogParty. I shared it on social media.

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  9. This is such a cute idea! Brielle's pillow came out beautifully. Thanks for linking up to #fridayfrivolity!xx

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  10. I love this idea - I am an unabashed lover of all things snow (even though we did not get much at all this winter!!)

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  11. Sounds like you had so much fun! If you don't have snow, always a good idea to make your own. We've had plenty to go around this year. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. What a happy little project for you two ladies. I can only imagine the chuckles and concentration required. Congrats to Bree on her sewing. :-) Now, I'd like to suggest you hop in the car with all the grands and head my way. We're expecting 8-16" of the white stuff on Tuesday. Bring your shovels too. :-)

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