Each month we have a challenge to make something that follows a suggested theme -- April's was brought to us by Margaret of Splendid Little Stars. She challenged us to "create a project that calls to mind how one or all the senses respond to this new beginning time of year."
For me, spring means lovely flowers beginning to grow -- especially the Bluebonnets here in Texas -- birds singing in the trees and making nests in the branches, baby animals being born. A time of renewal.
I decided that for this challenge, I wanted to make something that would not only express springtime, but would also be something new for my shop. I knew it had to be flowers.... and I found this adorable pattern from a fellow Etsyian Honeybee 69.
The flowers "grow"! First the seed is planted, and a sprout finds its way to the top of the soil ...
then the flowers bloom!
Everything can be taken apart so the child can pretend to really plant, grow and pick the flower!
Now all I have to do is make a bag for everything to go in (wouldn't want to lose that all-important seed!) and it'll be ready for its debut in my shop! This is the fabric I plan on using for the bag -- cute with its look-alike flowers that match!
Of course, Noli found a flower in its pot and asked me to make a set for her. I answered with a vague "maybe" so that I can surprise her with her own set. There's another pattern I have my eye on that is a watering can and trowel that would be a cute add on for the flower garden. Noli may get the first of those! She had a good time playing with the flowers and I hope I can get her to model for me sometime!
We talked about how you dig in the soil and feel the coolness of it on your hands, covering the seed so it can take its nap, how it grows and grows and finally sprouts, and then the flower blooms and how lovely it is to see and to smell its delightful scent. Then, of course, the flowers attract butterflies and bees -- another sure sign of spring!
She reminded me of how she planted cherry seeds last spring.
Quite the little gardener -- although she may be planting rocks here : )
For more spring challenge projects from the BBA team, go here!