I made it myself!

Today was sewing day at Bunny Hill with my grand-daughter Alyssa. She’s in kindergarten, but if you ask her she’ll tell you she’s almost in first grade. She’s at the perfect age to learn to sew. Once she started she didn’t want to stop! We made three little projects, all on my “big” machine. I put the foot pedal on a little stool so she could reach it and that was all it took. I kept hearing the words “I love sewing!”. This machine has so many extras that it’s actually easier for her to sew on than my little featherweight. I can set the speed to slow, have the foot raise when she stops sewing, and then of course there’s the thread cutter. What child wouldn’t like to push a button and watch the thread cut itself?

Since home economics is no longer an option in school , it’s up to us to teach our children. If we don’t take the time, it will become a lost craft. I spent four years in college with the intention of becoming a home economics teacher. Now at least I can teach my grandchildren!

Look who else spent the day with us in the Bunny Hill studio! She arrived just before I left for market and has been waiting for her debut! She’s my very own Rachael Rabbit, hand knit by Rachael at http://rachaelrabbit.blogspot.com/. I fell in love with Rachael’s bunnies and you can buy one too from her Etsy shop. She’ll make it especially for you!

I found her eyeing my ribbons this morning!

Who can resist a sweet little face like this?
Thank you Rachael! Your adorable little bunny has a really good home.

I’ve added some blogs to my list that you HAVE to visit. They are Australian designers with so much talent it’s absolutely amazing!

Natalie at http://cinderberrystitches.typepad.com/cinderberrystitches/ . This link comes with a warning: you could be on her blog forever.

Then hop on over to visit Lynette at http://www.lynetteandersondesigns.typepad.com/. I met her at market and wished I could have spent more time chatting. Her designs are wonderful and so is she!

And finally there’s Leanne at http://www.leanneshouse.typepad.com/. Just click on the link and you’ll see what I mean. Talented, NICE, talented and did I say NICE? Wow what a wonderful combination!

Hope you have fun blog hopping! Maybe we should plan a trip to visit them! Can we all fit on one airplane? LOL!

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  • Erin - Anne – I totally agree about teaching kids and grandkids now – so many things are becoming “lost” because there isn’t anyone to teach anyone how to do it. I picked up my knitting needles today and started to practice my knitting after 17 years. It was really tight…but, I took it out and will start again tomorrow. It was so much fun to remember! I have friends who don’t even know how to sew by hand…that’s really sad! So – Let’s all become teachers to others! :) Thanks for sharing – sorry this is so long!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Jo - Hi Anne, Yes we are very lucky in Australia to have some truly talented designers. The 3 you have mentioned are my favourites especially Natalie from Cinderberry Stitches. Love your blog too by the way…your puppies are very cute and spoilt…just like mine. Jo xReplyCancel

  • periwinkle - I think it’s lovely to teach children knitting, sewing etc and your rabbit from Rachel is just so cute
    Lisa xReplyCancel

  • GiantsPrincess - **Sigh** I took Home Ec a million years ago in Junior High. Unfortunately, the teacher had us choose our project (I chose a skirt) and then she took the directions from us. Her reasoning was that she knew better how to construct the item. As a result, I never learned how to really sew.

    I do simple, straight seamed, projects but wish I could “really” sew. I wonder if I’m too old to learn?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I agree totally about teaching our young people to sew. I taught a troop full of brownies my grand daughter belonged to how to make doll quilts. Good times!

  • Joy - Your grand daughter is very lucky to have you to teach her to sew.
    They do still have home ec. at our school’s here though and my daughter will be taking it in HS.
    Very cute little bunny too!ReplyCancel

  • Hummingbird Chats - It is so nice that your grand daughter love to sew. I learned a great deal about sewing from my grandmother and can’t wait for my grand daughters to be a little older so that we can sew together. KatieReplyCancel

  • Bijous Whimsy's Blog - That is so wonderful, to teach your grandchild some of your beautiful skills. I don’t have any children (just the furry kind:D) but I absolutely love teaching crafts and arts to my 6 year old neice. I am known as the artsy and crafty auntie and I love that. Mandy
    p.s. love the music on your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - it’s terrible that home ec isn’t being taught anymore in schools. but really, do you think they’d be doing snazzier projects now than those years ago? i remember the candlewicking and embroidery projects i made in jr. high and they were pretty unexciting to my 12-13 year old self. now if today’s home ec teachers, much like dinosaurs, a thing of the past, were at all hip like a lot of crafty bloggers, no doubt children would be happy to spend 55 minutes in home ec.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - Where would we all be if someone hadn’t patiently taught us to sew? My mother was more patient with me since I was the youngest by 8 years. I was very blessed to be given her talent. Time very well spent with your granddaughter Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - Yea for you! What a great Grandma. Sewing is becoming a lost art. Love your blog by the way.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Love the bunny its Georgous. and yes its good to teach the young ones to do different crafts.
    Hugs Mary.ReplyCancel

  • eamylove - Thank you for those links! I have them on my favorites now and did not already know about them before.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love these Australian gal’s blogs…I have them on my favorite list as well…they are great. therunningquilter.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Rachael Rabbit - what a wonderful photo – I’m so pleased you love her ;-) I totally agree with you about teaching children – we used to learn to sew at school but I don’t think they do that anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Red Geranium Cottage - Your granddaughter is adorable. Love the little pillow and that rabbit. OMG I’ve got to get me one of those.ReplyCancel