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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Boys Toys?

Inspired by this post I decided to dig out the dolls crib of my childhood and make some new bedding, using the fab fabric given to me by Natasha for the Friends swap last summer.

I gave a sneaky peek in my last post......
As I have mentioned before neither mum nor I are great ' keepers of stuff ' but along with the appliqued bed throw, my dolls crib given to me for Christmas '77 or '78, survived our numerous moves. It wasn't new when I got it so I should think its 40 years old....

Mum kept it I expect for my children, and as we are all aware I got blue flavoured children, each pregnancy mum would say perhaps we'll get to have our crib out......

We did get it out for the boys, but I think certain things are programmed by nature and none of them have shown that much interest in it, after the initial novelty of something different being out to play with. My eldest (now 14) showed the most interest when I had just had his brother, now 12...he would put his stuffed teletubby in there to sleep and take Po out to breastfeed him....bless :)

(We do finally have a little pink baby in the family, courtesy of my sister in law -but they are a fan of the shiny new plastic stuff so don't think they will appreciate vintage!! Anyway tis mine!!!hehehe)

It took me a while to get round to finishing it...the patchwork was done last September...the binding last week!!!

tada....(I cut a piece of spotty fleece to make a sheet for the 1970's esque mattress in the crib)

Dolly has been named Harry by C. So he is now round at Grandma's having new pyjama's made for him...boy colours..it makes daddy feel a bit better!!! (not much though..but we are ignoring him!!!)hmm....not sure what daddy will think about me playing with this baby...oh who cares...dolly needs a kiss!!!!

The crib is in the little boys bedroom, I'm hoping they will play with it...but R (pictured above) is a bit rough, he wanted it downstairs the other day and chucked it...and C keeps saying MY dolly(no its mummy's)...so I'm being a bit precious and limiting the time its played with.
I enjoyed making the little quilt..well I say quilt its not actually quilted, it has a plain flannel backing and as I am chuffed with how it turned out I don't want to spoil it by messing upthe stitching!! The handmade binding is far from perfect, but for a first attempt I am very pleased with how it turned out, the mitred corners were easier than I thought...I am learning very quick that if I take my time things work..I know what a revelation!!
I think I am going to make another for my friends baby. Maybe 1 row longer and wider, then it will be just the right size for the moses basket.

12 comments:

Floss said...

The quilt is great and it's lovely to see your son with his bagy. Our elder son adopted a small parrot toy when his brother was born, and we found him 'burping' it one evening, patting it gently and chanting 'ay-oh my bay-bay'. Very sweet memories.

Thanks for your comment about my books. As a teacher, I do feel quite judgemental about families without any books, because example is so important to children as they learn. But who are we to judge, as you say?

Floss said...

bagy? baby.

Sigh.

VintageVicki said...

hehe - love the comment about your 14 year old breastfeeding a teletubbie when you had you next baby! I could have written that - as my 14 year old did the same when his brother was born. We did have a boy doll which apart from that brief time was ignored :(

Your little one looks so gorgeous with all those curls :)

Mary Poppins said...

Ohoo tis lovely and very precious, well doen you ;)

X

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Oh look at those cherubic blonde curls ... what a doll baby!!!!

You have totally, TOTALLY inspired me to do the same (though I expect mine won't be QUITE as fantastic).

I have a pretty cradle from when I was little in my daughter's room and she would love matching bedding for her dolls!

jackanne said...

i am loving your quilt, i have been getting a new sewing machine so i might have a go!!xx

Kathy said...

What a lovely post....brought back memories of my little girl playing with a baby doll when her baby brother was born. Kathy xxx

Lalabibaby said...

I would much rather see the boys playing with this sort of thing instead of all the super hero violence nonsense .... it doesn't mean that they will end up being softies as the dads often think! I bought a little plastic replica hoover one Christmas for the girls and I couldn't get the boys away from it (shame they are not so attached nowadays ;-) The quilt is lovely and I am sure he will have such fun with dolly. x

Serenata said...

The quilt is lovely. I'm sure he'll have fun.

DS1 had a lovely wooden cot and push chair complete with 'baby' his cabbage patch boy doll (again wooden) that he used to take everywhere with him until he was about 6, he then used to play with them at home.

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

I think it is lovely to have access to 'girlie' toys so boys can find out what they are all about - my boys had a pink pushchair and also a dolls house - the dolls house quickly became a garage - but that's the point, isn't it - they got to try things out and make their own decisions.

made with love said...

How lovely. XXX
Rachael XX

Lexilooo said...

That is really sweet! I'm beginning to quilt, and have made a few scrappy doll quilts...the binding is still quite difficult for me, so I haven't moved onto much bigger yet :)