As part of her birthday presents, J had gotten her a new set of earbuds for her phone. Many moons ago I had made myself a zippered pouch for my earbuds. I loved how they were always safe and secure in their pouch and I could find them in a flash. I showed her my pouch and asked if she thought she would like and/or use a pouch of her own. She loved it and said that she would love to have one...in pink camo, LOL. No big surprise there! Even though I had made this pattern previously, my sewing machine was having major problems sewing through the multiple layers. My thread broke at least 10 to 15 times and resulted in much muttering and cursing under my breath. Some days I am SO happy that I am home alone for most of my sewing, LOL. When it was finally finished I added a cute little silver heart...a constant reminder that she is the daughter of my heart!
A while back, G asked if I would like to spend some pamper time with her while she did both of our nails. Because of my tremor, doing my own nails is an absolute impossibility. We had a great time talking and laughing as she painted my nails...all the while trying to hold my fingers still! It was quite the undertaking! We talked about how she had to borrow the polish because hers had been taken without her permission and never given back. I decided right then and there that I would be buying her some replacement nail polish for her birthday. She also mentioned that she would love to have her nails done professionally...time spent being pampered and taken care of by someone else! I remember the days of being a young mother and decided that a certificate to a local nail salon would also be part of her gift!
I knew I had seen a pattern for a travel manicure set online, and with a little searching I came upon this wonderful free tutorial by Noodle-head. What a GREAT way to package up the nail polish I was giving her!
I can honestly say that this pattern by Noodle-head is fabulous! It was SO easy to follow and the results were even better than I had hoped!
Here is her travel kit, all ready to go. Before wrapping, I popped the certificate (appropriately pink) into the zippered section. It was a little taller than the section so I couldn't close the zip...but it made it all the more obvious that there was an additional component to her gift.
G seemed to love her presents and we have made plans to go to the nail salon together for manicures. We could ALL do with a bit of pampering! While never one for camo, I have to say I LOVE the way the Realtree pink camo fabric made up. I guess it's finally growing on me!
Hopefully within the next few days I can knock out my huge basket of mending and then get back to the quilt for her adorable little boy, K, and also finish up the quilting on my first charity quilt. I think I have finally gotten my mojo back!
Stay tuned for more to come...