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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Designer,inventor,human mop and more

We have been having a full yet simple summer. Lot's of playdates, a birthday party, the annual adoptive families picnic held by the nicest people, the annual Brooks Steam Up that Nick blogged about and more swimming classes involving me getting both kids and myself dressed ,then undressed ,then dressed with swimdiaper, then briefly showered ,then swim for half hour, then showered ,then undressed,then dressed then repeat the next day for two week intervals.
Henry has been very busy creating and showing off his designing skills in all areas. His Lego earrings sold last saturday at the market and one of the pendants I made based on his design sold as well. I made about 4 pendants that I hung on our pendant display next to each other. Throughout the day I would have to detach them from each other. I guess it is just irresistable for random customers to not stick lego's together.
A couple of nights ago when I was really hoping we would be getting ready for bed he insisted that he wanted me to help him make a "sweet little jacket". Not being one to stifle my son's creativity and because I am the most lenient and lame parent when it comes to enforcing bed time I became his "factory" worker (his words, not mine). He told me to cut off the cuffs and neckline of his camoflage longsleeve T-shirt. He then instructed me to cut down the front of it to make a jacket. Then he picked out specific buttons and placed them where I was to sew them on. I did a quick simple job of it and then cut little button holes on the other side to match up.

Here is the serious model and designer:

A jubilant designer in his sweet little jacket.

And this is the tag that he insisted that I cut off the collar and sew a button to and then sew to the back bottom of the jacket. He has always been fascinated by the spare button that often comes with new sweaters , coats and shirts that is sewed on the inside and out of view. This is his hommage to the spare button.

Here he is unbuttoning his coat. I think the moose T shirt underneath works really pulls the whole outfit together with the camo jacket.

As long as I'm going on about the creative impulses of my child ...
He insisted that I tie sponges to his feet to make sponge shoes so that he could clean the floor for me.
And these are the towel shoes I came up with so that he could dry the floor. Frankly, that was the cleanest my kitchen floor has been in years.

And so this isn't just one of those annoying "Look How Smart and Cute My Kid Is " blogs-
Here is one of my latest listings on Etsy. It is the Light Weight Big Aluminum Celtic Budding Spiral Pendant . It is a simple easy inexpensive item that has been selling really well at the market and I sold two of this week.

We discovered an amusing Cheeto this week. We think it looks like Squidward from Spongebob. Right after I took the picture Henry devoured it.


Lizard said...

I know that people with older kids forget and get immersed in whatever adorable insanity their kids perpetrate, but having a child very close in age to Henry (we need to get them kids together), I fully understand and appreciate both the creativity involved in his designs, and the insistence with which he forces them upon you.

Ellie does many similar things, and they are all really wonderful. I love the creativity and the firmness of their vision-- they never waver, what they want is so clear and they will make damned sure you get it. Oh, and should you not execute the design properly, woe to the whole world.

I'm suggesting sponge shoes tomorrow. The kitchen floor is ghastly.

Felice Luftschein said...

We really must get our two genius'together. You said it so well.
We felt the woe to the world today when I foolishly wrote a list on the back of a sacred piece of paper that I had no idea held the key to the universe on it or at least his temporary happiness. There was no way to explain that we could not erase pen from paper in any manner that would satisfy him.
Thanks for the comments!

Amy, Ryan, Aidan and Lauren said...

Henry is awesome and very creative. (And Max is very cool, too.) Glad we finally got to see you guys the other day. I got some good pictures from the park, too. Smooch.