….shame you can’t bottle it!

This afternoon I have been teaching my grandson Collin how to sew mini owl key rings. His Aunty cut out the shapes and explained about adding the features. And together they came up with several unique owlets. You could almost grasp the patience emanating from the two of them, as they helped each other to with useful advice. I think Collin made a great job of them for his first attempt at sewing. And he is so enthusiastic, you can’t teach or buy that so I’ll be encouraging him to try other things over the weekend.

From the look on his face when he was sitting at the table,  my sewing machine in front of him, I could see in his face the desire to have a try at using it.  Maybe one day next week when I have the time needed to talk him through the mechanics of using the machine. But until then he will have to be content to use the old needle and thread.

And content he was.  He is a very able learner and after being shown just once how to do something he had the confidence to carry out the instructions correctly.  I must admit I was surprised at how quickly he picked up the different techniques, but there again I have found some of the more able children I have worked have tended to be of the male sex when it comes to crafts and needlework.

And Collin wasn’t no different, but I couldn’t get him to leave it till later and go up to bed.  “I’ll just sew this side Grandma”, he said, his little fingers flying back and forth as he worked his way round the miniature felt shapes. So keen was he, it was hard to be firm and insist it was too late to still be sewing. If only I could bottle all that enthusiasm, he would make his Grandma a very rich woman.

Not a battery in sight, no TV, no technology, and no moaning or complaining he was bored, just overwhelming eagerness. And the look on his face when I took a photo of the finished product, was a testament to the level of enjoyment he’d gained from our time together

During the time we were discussing how successful the outcome, I asked what he wanted to do with these little critters.  He asked could he give his mum one as a present.  Of course I said that would be fine, I’m sure mum will be very pleased with the finished product and will proudly show it off to her friends.   Then I suggested he carry on making key rings and he can sell them to make himself a bit pocket-money. I’m sure people would happily give a pound or so for his little owls.

I am so proud of my grandson, he reminds me so much of my late Dad who was also very clever with his hands.  When he wasn’t building a new cupboard or a bookcase, you’d find my Dad removing screws, and nuts and bolts all  in the name of ‘repairing’ some household appliance or other.  And it was never fixed properly if there wasn’t at least one screw left over., or so I was told.

My dad had a knitting machine on which he knitted our jumpers. He was a competent needleworker  having been raised in a family where the talents of all, boys and girls were valued and encouraged.  His stint doing national Service ensured he honed his repair skills using a needle and thread.  He taught me how to darn his socks when I was about nine years old.  I still have his old mushroom should the fashion for  darning  socks return I’ll be more than prepared to take up where I left off.

The thing my dad made that had the greatest effect on me was the Valentines cake he made for my mother.  Three layers high, it was decorated with pink marzipan and icing sugar hearts.  I remember coming home from school to find it sitting in the middle of the dining room table like a little pink palace of loveliness.  I was so envious, I wanted to learn how to do the same, but had to wait a couple of days for him to teach me how to make the cake, minus the pink hearts.

There wasn’t much my dad couldn’t accomplish, and he passed his abilities to me.   He taught me so much, he was always encouraging me to try different things to stretch my abilities.  I tried to pass on what I know to my children and in turn those of my grandchildren who have shown an interest.

I am looking forward to introducing Collin to other areas of creativity that I suspect he’ll thoroughly enjoy.


More Wishy Books

Wishy tiny Town

Wishy Tiny Town Busy Book
Materials: felt, cotton fabric
Promotes: imaginative play, fine motor skills, social and language skills, colour recognition, counting


Wishy matching Book.
Materials: cotton fabric, felt, buttons
Promotes: fine motor skills, colour and shape recognition, language development


Wishy Humpty Book
Materials, felt, cotton fabric, ribbons, plastic beads
Promotes, social and language development, puzzle solving, counting skills, fine motor skills


Wishy Sensory book
Materials, cotton, fleece, corduroy. Satin fabrics, wool, clear plastic, ribbons, metal bells, tulle
Promotes: sensory/tactile skills, fine motor skills, colour and shape recognition, language development, observational skills


Wishy lighthouse Book
Materials: cotton fabric, felt, Velcro, metal hook and eyes.
Promotes: imaginative play, fine motor skills, language and social development, counting, story telling skills


Wishy Road Book
Material: felt, cotton fabric
Promotes: language development, counting skills, number matching, imaginative play, fine motor skills, Colour recognition, story telling skills


Noah’s Wishy Ark
Materials: cotton fabric, felt, Velcro
Promotes: language and social development, fine motor skills, matching and counting skills, colour recognition, story telling skill


Wishy Taggies

Square taggies made with fleece and cotton fabric, and ribbons

Just the right  size for little fingers exploring the world, lovely tactile experience, providing comfort and familiarity


Child’s cotton pinny.

material; cotton

can be made any size from toddler to adult, and with a choice of fabric colours.

Humpty Dumpty

This is a old favourite nursery rhyme that I have sung numerous times to my children and grandchildren. He’s very colourful and bright and helps develop:
Langauge, colour recognition, counting and number recognition, hand/eye coordination, promotes fine motor skills. Oh and don’t forget imaginative play and fun.
Materials: cotton fabric, felt, plastic beads, ribbons.
Cost £10 plus P&p