In the weeks coming up to Miss M's first birthday (4 years ago) her Mummy went on a mission to find some beautiful things to decorate the Birthday Celebration table.
On her journey she came across a Mother Earth doll kit and she thought "This is it! All instructions and materials included, I can do this before the big day comes."
So the weeks flew by, as they do with a baby in tow, and the Mother Earth doll didn't make it out of the lovely little box ... well occasionally she did only to be put back in because there wasn't enough time with washing, cooking, cleaning and all the rest to be done.
Thus, 4 and a bit years later while visiting I happened to spy the little box tucked away in a crafty stash and asked if I could borrow the patterns, assuming that the doll had been well and truly made.
"Um, Sam you can borrow the patterns absolutely, but can you make the doll for Miss M too. I never did get around to making it you see. Every now and then I get it out but I just never seem to have the time or the right frame of mind to do it so she goes back in the box and up on the shelf for another time."
"No worries" said I, "all of the materials and instructions are in there it should be a breeze!" you know how it is when ever you say those words they some how come back to bite you on the bum.
On arrival home the box was carefully opened and the beautiful linen and Leicester wool cloth set out along with the doll, wool felt, stuffing wool, threads and netting, set to begin the making I turn to the pattern pages and low and behold in all the to-ing and fro-ing, in and out of the box the patterns for Mother Earths clothes had been misplaced ... mmmm ... not so much a breeze any more.
Oh, how fortunate I am to have purchased the fabulous book "The Nature Corner", full of treasures, like patterns for Mother Natures clothes. So with a bit of nip and tuck and my own inspiration the caps, skirt, blouse, apron and cape were complete and with a little woven basket Miss M's Mother Earth found her way home, to a very excited and appreciative little girl ... and her Mummy too.
One set of clothes for outings in Summer and Spring
A warm woolen cloak for Autumn and Winter
And a cap and apron for all the cleaning.