Friday, January 17, 2014

Artful Friday: Costumes and Monsters and Raggedy Doctors, Oh My! Sewing Fun for Kids!

For quite some time, my crafty son has been creating with yarn and thread,
all sorts of things practical, cute, gift-worthy
 and Doctor Who - related.
(Of course!)
 He marches to his own beat
and is of a rather non-conformist nature;
so the fact that this sort of "hobby" is  boy- atypical
doesn't concern him.
He'll even bring his latest handiwork to the court or the field to occupy
himself during a bit of downtime being subbed 
(while he cheers on the team, of course!)
 or in between games.
And guess what?
Team mates wind up watching, questioning and
commenting. But only along the lines of,
 "You made that? Wow, that's pretty cool!"
And frankly, that's pretty cool!
In the past, I've shared his finger knitting and
he's guest posted for me with a couple of
really popular video tutorials on balloon shaping!
Check 'em out if you have a minute ( or three!).

So here are a few of the pieces he's made,
 along with some of the inspiration for his creating.~

~A Raggedy Doctor~
 Whovian readers remember early on in season 5!?
Well, Amy's Raggedy Doctor doll grabbed my son and of course, 
he needed to create one from scratch.
He made these about two years ago and 
since then, he's come to admire  even more, 
the heroics, the wit and the whimsy....
 all while saving the world.....

This one is a variation of the raggedy doctor,
 that he made for a friend:

Lucky, me, I received one, an original creation,
 (of course!)
for Valentine's Day!

As you know, my kids have been cast in  many roles 
though nothing since last summer, 
as we've wanted to take a bit of a break 
from it all, focus on studies more and 
stay closer to home rather than running 
several nights a week to rehearsals.
I believe they are "ready" to begin auditioning again 
for shows here and there.
(But am ?? )
A few years ago, they were part of a homeschooled group 
of kids who staged original 
Shakespearean plays.
( and a JM Barrie script as well.)
My post on Elizabethan fun, field trips and performances is here.
Here he is creating the costume for the play staging the original JM Barrie,
"Peter Pan," in which he played one of the Lost Boys, Tootles.
Thinking Disney? Think again.
Other than the characters and the setting, 
Barrie's masterpiece is nothing like
the Disney mutilation.

All we did was purchase a throw at Walmart, out of which he
 made pants and  a "jacket." 

Cute huh?
And a great costuming job!
And beware the villainous Hook
(aka the older brother!)
Arrrrr, me hearties!

Thanks to my friend, Sue, for mentioning on her blog,
this awesome and oh-so-kid-friendly book,
 my boy's love for all things animals and pets,
can now be enhanced to include the wonderful world of stuffed monsters!
Among his birthday gifts in mid December was this book,

 and by Christmas,
 he'd made his first monster, which he wrapped and was SO excited to!
I love it!

Her name is Prudence, by the way,
and how CUTE is she??
Thank you, Sue!
For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:

 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)

Also, friends, amAZING new: ( ! ) 
I was nominated for a Sheenazing Award 
at  Bonnie's A Knotted Life.!!
The awards are so named in honor of Ven Fulton Sheen's 
unique use of media to spread 
The Word!
To say I'm  honored is an understatement!

Voting begins on Thursday  January 23rd~~
Go, enjoy perusing the list of nominees and discover some
amAZING ( ! ) blogs!

And thank you, Bonnie, for generously hosting!

I'm honored by your vote, friends!

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  1. That's great that your boy is so creative and learning to sew! :)

  2. Chris,

    I am so impressed by your son's creative skills. Wow! He has made some wonderful things. It looks like he is good at designing his own patterns too. I was so pleased to see photos of the book I recommended and the monster. It is so cute. Good to see a photo of you too! Thanks for the mention and the link!

    Congratulations on your Sunshine award. 10 things about yourself? I am looking forward to reading your post!

    1. Thanks so much, Sue!! I'm happy I finally gathered all of his creations for one also enables others to see that they don;t really need a pattern to create simple designs! I never thought of it that way until my little guy approached it as such, you know.?..:)

      I appreciate your visit., Sue, ..and yes, I am looking fwd to reading your Sunshine Award post as well!


  3. That boy is amazing! I think I want to keep following your blog just to find out where he goes from here!

    1. Aw, well thanks so much! I;ll be visiting you r blog soon as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Dianna
      Thanks so much !!!
      I appreciate your visit!!

  5. Love how Creative your son is, I would be fill up if my son made me something as lovely as yours did, such a lovely idea :)

    1. Thanks SO much, Claire..... Aw, such kind words...I know, isn't that little doll adorable!!

      Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thanks so much Jody~!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Chris,

    I think that I should be telling you thank you. Wow! Your son is so very creative. I love the things that he made from scratch, especially the present to mommy :-). I am also impressed with his Peter Pan costume. I would have required a pattern. He has a talent that I wish I had with making things from scratch with no pattern and just an idea in his head.

    I am looking forward to what the two of you will share next month during Sewing to Summer. Even though the sewing seems to be a natural experience for him, tell your son to keep up the excellent work.

    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer!!
      He is a creative kid! And I appreciate your kind words!!

      Looking fwd to linking again soon~!

      Be well and thanks for the visit!

  8. That is so great that he enjoys it! Good for him for not caring about boy stereotypes. He's doing a great job - loving the costumes. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  9. You son is very creative!! I was just thinking tonight that it's about time to teach my oldest (10 yrs) to sew. I have a pajama pattern that he could make fleece pajamas with. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

    1. Thanks so very much!!

      I appreciate your visit!!

  10. He is so creative. What a fun family!! Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday!

    1. Erin
      Thanks for the kind words and for your visit!

  11. I love your son's creativity. He did a great job.

    1. Thanks so much, Beth!!
      I appreciate your visit~

  12. This is simply awesome! I love that he is not ashamed of his talents - and what a talent he is! I am in love with that costume. What a great experience for your kids to be involved in plays, costume making...sewing - boy or girl.


    My son wants to learn to sew. We have been doing lessons - taking it very slow.

    Thanks for linking up this great post at the #homeschoollinkup!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa!! Love YOUR enthusiasm!!
      Good for your son...I'm sure you'll share his creations at some point!
      I always love your visits...
      be ell, friend!

  13. Wow! He is talented and creative. Very cool! :)

    1. Thank you Erika!! I appreciate your visit!!


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