|miss mae, looking quite alarmed that i am standing on a chair to take this photo |
and that is MOST DEFINITELY NOT ALLOWED. she's all about rules.
i have daughters. they both love pink. LOVE. if someone had told me four years ago just how much pink clothing would live in my house today, i would have glared at them disapprovingly and shaken my head like they really DIDN'T KNOW ME at all. sigh... i would love to dress my kids in beautiful greys and pale lavenders, french navy, muted mustard yellows, even a bit of red but as my first daughter grew to an age where she could make her colour and style preferences known, i found i really could not find a justifiable reason to deny her what she wants. why should i? if pink clothes make her happy and comfortable, i want her to be secure in her choices and strong enough to defend them, against anyone, including myself (although i may regret this when she is 14). who am i to tell her that pink tights, a pink long sleeve tee and a pink dress over top might just be a bit of overkill? she's four, let her revel in her happy pink fantasy world as long as she can, i say.
i don't even mind pink, really, there are many shades that i would say i actually quite adore. unfortunately, mae's favourite shade is not one of them. she loves magenta. bright screaming magenta, verging on fluorescent. a tone that makes me cringe... inwardly. in my fabric stash i have a linen/cotton blend that is just the right mae magenta. i bought it on clearance at spotlight last year, marked down to $3 a meter (what? no one else wanted bright pink linen/cotton?) with the aim to dye it. but mae spots it on my fabric shelves regularly and exclaims how "beautiful" it is. she has asked a few times for a dress out of it and i've managed to change the subject convincingly enough (i've accepted her love of magenta, that does not necessarily mean i want to spend my time sewing with it). finally the other day it struck me, a way to make the bright pink linen/cotton acceptable, i don't know why it has taken me so long.
white stripes. made with masking tape on a handmade screen. easy peasy, done in 20 minutes and much appreciative oohing and aahing from mae upon seeing it this morning (soph immediately dragged it off to use as a picnic blanket so it has her stamp of approval too). now to find just the right pattern...