Miss C. loves squirrels. Her love for squirrels knows no bounds.
Let me count the ways:
- In our house, we don't call our furry friends "squirrels". It's pronounced, "Skaaaaaa-wuuuurllee!"
- She has five little stuffed animal squirrels that she sleeps with every night.
- She has a squirrel calendar. She often flips through the pictures on said calendar to see which squirrelly is her favorite.
- We've set up a miniature blue adirondack chair in our front yard for the neighborhood squirrels to recline on whilst dining on their corn cake (which we happily restock whenever they've polished one off).
- We often discuss the time that the smallest of our squirrel visitors came right up to the window during lunch one day this summer and watched us for a minute or two from the windowsill. We were all riveted!
- We own a Lego Friends squirrel set.
- Miss C.'s great-grandmother heard about her love for squirrels and sent her the coolest-ever squirrel pen.
- We've set up an entire wall of squirrel art above her bed.
- Squirrels appear in most every picture she draws.
- Miss C.'s summer sewing project was to make a skirt, only it wasn't going to be any old skirt. She made a squirrelly skirt!
Whew! If you got all the way to #10, you'll see that we've reached the apex of our love for squirrels since our furry friends have made their way into the sewing room!
Last summer's sewing project was a pillowcase. This year, with a little help from me (serging, making the casing and pinning the hem), Miss C. sewed up the most adorable skirt I've ever seen. We spent quite a bit of time selecting the perfect squirrel fabric at JoAnn's, but after that she set to work and we had it finished in a couple of nap time sewing sessions.
We didn't use a pattern for this skirt, though I used the same method that was employed on the chicken skirt. Basically, sew up a tube of fabric for your top layer and a longer tube for the bottom layer. Then baste the two layers together, create a casing and finish your hems. Easy peasy!
I just love that she picked squirrels for her skirt. She found the perfect way to put her own personal stamp on this project. Smart girl!