Somebody forgot to tell this little booger not to grown up. Sniff sniff. She started ballet last week and the next day we got a call saying that an opening at pre-school had finally opened up. She started yesterday. Five days a week, 3 hours a day.
She has been on the waiting list for 2 places for about 6 months and the Montessori called first. Hooray! I researched several places in town and was sad to see that so many of them are really just day-care incognito. I'm really impressed with the way Montessori is run, it will be perfect for Eliza. She has always been our child that needs to be coaxed, not pushed. That's really how the system is set up, letting them learn at their own pace in a still structured environment. Hopefully it all goes as well as I hope. Hopefully I can get used to the empty space that is there when she is gone. Hopefully I will be wise enough to spend that time giving Ethan some special attention. He misses her when she's gone. "Wares Ewiza?"
So anyway, a child's first day of school requires a new article of clothing, doesn't it? She's spreading her wings, so a butterfly was necessary. Meet Mariposa, my little butterfly applique pattern. You can find it over on the side bar.
The pattern is just for one set of wings. If you want the look that I created here, cut 2 sets of the wings and arrange them staggered. The body is a leaf I had lying around, you could give your butterfly a ric-rac body or just buttons in a row..lots of options! I'd like to do a Monarch butterfly with buttons around the edges of the wings. They've always been my favorite for some reason.
(Speaking of my side-bars you might notice I changed around my flickr badges. I won't bother going on about how that is all I accomplished the other day. I fiddled with them all day, playing with the coding to make them pretty. So feel free to add your pictures into the Shir Madness group and join the Ginger Blossom group for when you get your hands on the fabric!)