We've been deep in "our one and only little girl" birthday season and I do declare this past weekend bash was the conclusion with this month long festivity. I may have mentioned this before, but birthdays last for the whole month around this house. A person just deserves to be honored for more than one day, don't you think!?
One way of honoring our little girl, who has a deep love language of gifts, is to not only give gifts but make homemade gifts for her. Nothing quite tells her how much she is loved when she is handed a homemade gift. Practically, everything she owns, is described with "...and my mother gave me this" or "my aunt's friend gave me this for my baby shower" or "my Grandma made this for me". Yes, everything is attached with a giver. It wasn't hard to figure her love language out (the boys are a different story!)
The challenge wasn't so much in the execution of the handmaking (Alicia gives great and easy directions for first time dollmakers like myself) but in the clandestine making of, Operation Maggie, if you will! This little girl of mine notices EVERY little detail so I was very limited to crafting in the evening hours and then always stowing it away for the night in a super secret, she won't even find it during a hide and seek game, secret, secret place!
Operation Maggie was a hit and I succeeded in actually surprising her with this precious little bunny doll on her birthday.
Oh the joy on her face. That's why we do what we do, right Mamas!?
You know, Maggie has a couple more wardrobe designs up Miss Paulson's sleeve... But before I get to working on those, (Focus Christine, Focus!) I suppose I should complete her other gifts!