This is a repost from my other blog, a follow up to the Toys for My boys post. My daughter already had access to and played with most of the things we had given her brothers so her world wasn't all dolls and tea parties but it is what she preferred.
homemade, handmade and handmade-ish gifts we have given our daughter
waldorf/steiner cushion doll
waldorf/steiner baby doll
painted wooden rainbow
small embroidered and appliqued 'first star' pillow
swirly skirts, like these
reconditioned dolly cradle
knitted animals and gnomes
The little gnome seen here was knitted by a friend of mine.
She also gave me the instructions to make my own but they are clumsily translated from German. I have used them to make my own little gnomes which I have done but I found a pattern here that seems so much simpler.
It makes a bigger gnome but I am sure if you substituted thinner wool and smaller needles you could make a smaller gnome.
I haven't used it myself so let me know how it goes if you make one.
Katie used these plaited ropes for all kinds of things in dress up costumes and holding blankets of babies and leads for stuffed animals and extra reins on hobby horses and long braided hair for herself and so on and so on.
plaited woollen ropes
muslin/cheesecloth play clothes
fairy cape and skirt and wings
In this picture, apart from my old toddler doll who has seen better days you can see that Katie made her own seasonal table in her bedroom with one of her silk playcloths on her cupboard and then her wooden rainbow and some felt toadstools mixed in with her other bits and bobs.
super hero cape
little house on the prairie outfit
pair of knitted socks
dolly afghan rug
knitted cuddly gnome
tiny bead, pipecleaner and knitted dolls
appliqued laundry bag
appliqued library bag
knitted mobile phone socks
decorated scrap book
homemade blocks ( with bark still on the wood)
display board with criss-crossed ribbon
secret pocket wall hanging for keeping little secret treasures
lump of clay
kite shaped rice bag
favourite coloured ribbons attached to a stick to dance and run with
Plus simple things to buy such as skipping ropes, bags of balloons, water balloons, bubble blowers and bubble solution, whistles and drums and harmonica and tambourine, hula hoop, pretty coloured balls, juggling balls,child sized metal gardening tools, a little wheelbarrow, an umbrella, a beach bag and beach towel, bucket and spade, kites for everyone, lots of books, lots of art materials, sewing set and a knitting set put together by me, packets of vegetable seeds, flower seedlings and gardening gloves, tea set, picnic basket filled with second hand china and home made napkins and cloth and the list goes on and on ...so many ideas for girls and boys.
I would love to hear some of you suggestions for both boy and girl gifts, things you have made or seen or thought about making.