Spring Break Grandma Camp with Remnants

Spring Break brought a week of “Grandma Camp” at our house, and what a list of revelations I experienced!
1. Less time spent going over emails. Result: consciousness more focused on tasks at hand rather than clogged with internet distractions.
2. Start of Spring Break was Roots Tech conference, pointing me toward family history. I was very family-history-conscious all week.
3. Hey, wait a minute! I’m grandma! Is that why I’m so tired at night when I fall into bed? Because I’m….old? Gasp!

What do I remember about my grandmothers? Precious little. When we went to visit for my dad’s dad’s funeral in 1966, we took a walk to the corner store, and all of a sudden bird poop dropped out of the sky onto my nose. I ran into the house, freaking out. Someone asked what was wrong, and my grandma piped up in her British accent, “A bird crrrrrapped on her nose!” She had lots of cats, and she fed them fish wrapped in white paper from the grocery, just unwrapping it and letting the cats jump up on the counter to eat it. That’s what I remember about her. And my mom’s mother taught us to play Casino and gin rummy. And she taught me to crochet, knit, embroider, sew, and tat. Yes, tat. All of which I forgot and had to re-learn later, except for the tatting. I still haven’t gotten to t’at.

My DH remembers that his grandfather talked about the Boer War. Really! He and his brother called it “The Boring War.” He said his grandmother didn’t have TV. They also didn’t have Lunchables or Happy Meals so they had to eat real food when they visited their grandparents! And the grandparents’ neighbors had ducks and chickens, and they hoped they wouldn’t get impetigo when they went next door to play in the yard that had all the duck and chicken poop. So DH and I have a common thread of childhood memories featuring bird poop!

I asked Granddaughter which patterns I had for doll clothes she would like to help make. Of course, she chose one that was UNBELIEVABLY, HEINOUSLY, FIENDISHLY complex, the Snow White costume! With fuse-able and sew on appliques on the puffy, cuffed sleeves, a stand-up collar, and stuffed-ribbon hair ornament? And they call this Simplicity 5705? Please. D’oh, I should have seen it coming! But why not, when Snow White is such a part of our family culture that Aunt Amber even had a Snow White-themed wedding reception? Grandpa helped out by searching up loads of Snow White videos on You Tube. Our favorites included a Snow White make-up tutorial and a remix of the Wishing Song using scenes from the original 1937 Disney movie.

the finished doll dress

the finished doll dress

Best part: I didn’t have to buy anything, all the materials were in my remnant stash! The skirt fabric was a JoAnn’s remnant from 2004!
Ta da!

Ta da!

Granddaughter did some of the sewing and cutting and ironing. But some of the steps were pretty intense for a 10-year old.
I like sewing!

I like sewing!

She had to take a lot of breaks. The sounds of nana’s teeth grinding and barely-audible utterances of “what the frig?” as I squinted at the instruction sheets prompted brief break-times. And she needed to wheel the cat around the sewing room after he took over the chair.
come on, Grayzie!

come on, Grayzie, let’s go!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lene
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 07:37:04

    You’re amazing Jennifer.


  2. Sylvia
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:18:15

    It sounds like great fun! I still haven’t made a pillow case – a Winnie The Pooh pillow case – she asked for a few years ago! The odd shaped material is still on a shelf! But, of course she’d moved on to Gators and bigger girl stuff!

    Good job!


    • JanF
      Apr 01, 2013 @ 14:32:03

      Sylvia, did you ever get replies as to how to fix the moth holes in your jacket. I just saw the old post on that. I have an idea if you still need help.


    • jenyjenny
      Apr 01, 2013 @ 21:53:23

      It’s more fun to let her do some of it; next project I think will be one that isn’t so complicated! A pillow case sounds like a good one!


  3. gussie
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 13:58:58

    That little dress is so cute. How about a matching one for grayzie?!


  4. ethgran
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 21:38:06

    Hey Hon, I am now in the middle of my Gran Camp and am already worn out. These folks seem to expect full dinners in the evenings! Like that is my main role. phew! You know I’m not a happy cooker but have managed so far. Anyway, I wanted to tell you how sweet and cute your granddaughter was in Sharing Time the Sunday before Easter.


  5. jenyjenny
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 21:49:37

    Thank you Lene! I did have fun!


  6. Naomi Baltuck
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 02:48:13

    What a great post! I loved the storytelling, the Snow White costume, and your granddaughter looks like a cutie!


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