This month's Strewsday Tuesday is less about strewing and more about doing but I felt I had to dedicate it to a particular craft that Sadie and Holly did last week. I didn't leave anything lying around but my friend, Brenda, called and gave the girls a present: A pottery kit of a frame, vases and jewellery boxes and the paints to decorate them was a surprise. Excitement! Brenda also brought me flowers and there could be no rest for anyone in our house until Sadie and Holly each had their own newly-decorated vase so they could have their own flowers in water. We were going away for a few days the next day and would be seeing Jenny, my cousin's daughter, and Holly was overwhelmed with generous thoughts of making a jewellery box for her. Holly considers Jenny to be her friend despite Sadie's insistence that she was both their friend. In the end Sadie said she was going to paint a jewellery box for their cousin, Charlotte.
Lots of fun and a surprising amount of paint control
The girls dealt admirably with the disappointment that they wouldn't be handing out fantastic gifts and set about very imaginative works, all of which told stories. Both Sadie and Holly did a painting for Jenny and Sadie couldn't stop at Charlotte once she got going so she did paintings for her other two West Cork cousins as well.
All of Sadie's paintings were birds and I think Holly's was initially a bird too until Sadie announced that Jenny would love her bird. Holly said, "no, Jenny loves turtles so she will love my painting of Tango the turtle." (There is no way Holly could know whether Jenny likes turtles or not!)
We came home and were literally in the door when we had to bake the pottery. I thought Holly was going to burst while waiting for it to cool before we could put water in the vases.
A fantastic result and I would definitely do something like this again, not that I'll have a choice, the list of people who will be receiving jewellery boxes and vases is getting longer by the minute. Sadie drew a flamingo to go in the frame and she has insisted it go on the mantle piece.