Recently my daughter told me of how she spent her afternoon crafting and creating with her 2 year old son. She takes after me in saving odds and ends to craft with or turn into something amazing, fun and memorable. Getting back to the story, that afternoon her son had been asking for the toilet paper rolls she had on a counter. It had not been decided yet what she would do with them, but her son knew when he spotted them. Who wouldn't know what they were? A Pirate Spyglass to be the envy of all those sailing the seven seas!
Behind every super hero stands a parent or caretaker who continuously teaches and encourages creativity, open minds and exploration of environments. They do not see themselves as super parents or caretakers, but they will use their imagination in super ways while raising their young heroes. These parents and caretakers have learned there are three secrets to raising a super hero.
1. Make Believe
The first item required is "make believe". It's free and abundant. Ask your little one what they see could be made from items around the house. Encourage them to explore possibilities with the recyclables. Try not to discourage their ideas with "No, that won't work." This idea of a jet pack from 2 Litre bottles rocks!
I'm equally impressed with the use of recycled materials to make the super hero accessory (Doodle Craft by Natalie).
2. Just Because
The second thing you will need, is "Just Because". Who needs a reason to become a super hero? Years ago, I learned bored children are prime for creating super heroes, rockets, cars, and all super hero accessories. Try these patterns for wings and super hero masks from Brassy Apple
. If you don't have paper plates on hand, I'm sure cardboard, cereal boxes, or paper sacks will do the trick!
3. I Believe In YouEncourage young super heros to dream big and explore their world. Tell them you believe in them as they climb into the cardboard rocket or race car. Perhaps they have a pair of super vision sun glasses that allows them to see the world beyond Earth. Or they could be a space cowboy for the day, protecting the homestead on the moon! Here are a few suggestions to encourage growing super heroes:
- Old towels and sheets make perfect capes;
- Stocking caps, gloves turn into magic helmets and gloves;
- Laundry and Softener jugs with the bottoms cut off, make great space guns;
- Adult tube socks are excellent masks;
- Yarn and/or string are magic ropes;
- Can lids are "saucers";
- Cans make "secret phones";
- Old watches are "secret cameras";
- Flashlights are "signal beams".
What tricks do you use in raising your super hero? Are there items in your home that are tools of your young heroes? I've found there really isn't a need for special skill sets or to be overly crafty; only the three secrets, some time and maybe a little glue, tape and safety pins.
Wishing you all joy, success and inspiration with your young super heroes; today and always,
Well, here it is. I promised myself and my husband I would get this blog and website going today. I've been procrastinating on this for several weeks. It's an artist thing I'll try and explain.
Sewing for your family and friends is easy enough. You can always re-gift, re-purpose, tear it and start over if you make mistakes or someone doesn't like it. Do-overs are easy. Putting your carefully thought out, and well crafted designs out to the public is a bit different and a little more difficult. I've spent hours designing, critiquing, polling, questioning and driving my loving husband batty with requests of "Do you like it?" in preparation for this site and blog. Here is the scary part: once your items are out there for millions to see - whether you do over or not - once it's published that's it. No do-overs. Sure, you can change the page but you can't take back the cached pages. Eek! If this were an art gallery and I was showing my work, there would still be the fear of "what if".
Sewing and crafts have been a passion of mine for more than 30 years and I have dabbled with it over the years, both on a commercial and personal level. During the last 30 or so years I have made some wonderful gifts and apparel and some not so wonderful. Interesting note here, my formal training and degree is in Human Services and Counseling - quite the leap isn't it? I digress. Recently my husband and I were forced to cut back and make do with what we have on one income. The survivalist in me decided we would make it through this and something good would come out of our misfortune. It was Christmas and with 5 grand children and 4 adult children, and other extended family I knew gifts were going to be handmade. My creative soul was placed into action and hasn't stopped since.
In future posts, I will be sharing tips and tricks I have learned (from some amazing professional seamstress'), and I'm looking forward to making and posting my first tutorials for beginners in sewing and crocheting. New posts will also include the latest in gift and apparel ideas which I have either designed myself or from one of the many persons who share their ideas for others. Though the selection of photos is small, there isn't much I haven't made (out of need or gifts!). I'm looking forward to the various ideas and requests of "Can you make....". Those are always the most fun!
One other item I will be sharing and creating a page for soon is essential oils. The new pages will feature my essential oils and variety of therapy bags, along with creative and no cost or low cost ways to make it through the tough times. The website promotes items for sale, custom sewing and alterations, but the name is about dreams. It represents my dreams and hopefully, some of yours. If I reach one person and help make their day a little lighter, a little brighter, then Day Dreams is a success.
With that, I will close for the day. Time for stitching!
3.....2.....1.....Launch. Here it goes!