Saturday, April 22, 2006

Birthday lei making

When I lived in Hawaii, one of my favorite things to do would be to gather up beautiful blossoms from our yard and make leis. Someone there told me that when you are making someone a lei, you are to spend the time thinking wonderful thoughts you have about the recipient. How much you care for them, what they have meant to you, wishes for them.
When the kids birthdays roll around I like to take the time to do "lei making" for them. Its not usually a lei that I make, but I make them a gift in the spirit of making them something they will enjoy and spending the time thinking about the people they are and how much (how incredibly much!) I love them. I have many wishes for them and it is bittersweet sometimes to think about them in the future as every year takes them a little farther out into the world. I take my job of helping them be the very best people they can be very seriously. They are both so kindhearted and wonderful we must be doing something right!
This tent is this years "lei" for M. She is a girl who likes her hidey holes so I thought this would be a nice way for her to have a sweet little place to go and read or play or sit and imagine about when she is a mom. She currently has a "baby in her tummy" Her name is Kate and she is a girl baby because "girls come out of girls and boys c0me out of boys". So Happy Birthday tomorrow to my sweet sweet girl!

Here is what is under the tent. It is basically a slipcover for a folding card table. I found the funnel in the garage and taped it to the top. It allows a nice place for the flag to go. Best part- its all portable and put away-able!
I like the little butterfly detail because when its off the table and you are trying to get it on the way you need it- the butterfly orients me to where the front opening is. Plus its cute! I'm off to make her cake!


Blogger Strikkelise said...

What a wonderful gift, and what a clever design!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

What a wonderful thing to make. My boys would love a boys version of that!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

It turned out so well! I'll have to keep that idea in mind when Elsie moves to her new room and has more space. Elsie thinks she has a baby in her tummy too. We need to get these girls together.

10:44 AM  

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