Elma Family Kitty Living Arrows

Living Arrow 2015: 3/15

19/01/2015

It started life as Sofia’s amulet. Or at least the home made version; a nice blob of sparkly purple fimo shaped into a sort of amulet, baked, and covered in stick on twinkles, a length of silver elastic and the contents of a very pink and purple teddy bear necklace kit that Kitty had spent one afternoon laborious stringing up.  I knotted it as firmly as I could and for many months it was a staple part of our dressing up box, providing all sorts of magical powers and a good solid weight around the neck in the style of all of the best statement necklaces.

But then the knot came undone as even the best knots are wont to do when made out of very slippery elastic cord and the necklace turned into a little pile of beads in the corner of the dressing up box.  Kitty rescued them and even had a few goes at restringing them, but she could never quite decide how she wanted them and no sooner had she finished one variation than she’d pull it all out to start again.  And so they sat; a little pile of pink and purple moved from room to room but never quite restored to former glory.

I’m sure that somewhere along the way a fair few of them have joined the ranks of tiny bits of Lego and teeny Sylvanian Families accoutrements and gone to the great small plastic storage receptacle in the sky by way of the hoover, but when they started regularly appearing in the play kitchen there were still more than enough to make a good noise in a pink bucket left over from last summer’s beach adventures.

Elma’s favourite kitchen activity is stirring. Actually that’s Elma’s favourite activity full stop; be it swirling her bathwater with her toothbrush, or her cup of water with her cutlery at supper, but she does love to sit there with her pots and pans whipping up conkers and chopped watermelon, and when she came across Kitty’s bucket of treasure she co-opted it for her tea parties.

But when she’s not stirring it turns out a bucket is also really good for swinging around and around and around.

She’s two.  I think we all know where this one’s going.  But the resulting shower of small droplets of plastic has turned into a whole new game; Kitty, distracted from playing space rockets by the pink and purple hail storm decided that they needed to gather up some supplies for their space mission and came out of the impromptu rocket (two chairs and a quilt) to investigate.  And there, laid out before her across a blue meadow of carpet was a veritable feast; cherries, wild strawberries and the occasional blackberry (the teddy shaped ones).  Space exploration was put on hold as she jumped straight into pure opressed-Disney-princess-who-doesn’t-yet-realise-she’s-a-princess mode, skipping from bead to bead and picking them to put in a little enamel bowl.  All we needed were the helpful woodland creatures and a couple of bluebirds to do the washing up.

I’m told they made a delicious lunch for her stuffed bunny Dully.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s the lifecycle of a necklace: from Sofia to wild strawberries.

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  • Anna-Marie 19/01/2015 at 10:01 am

    The imagination of a child goes on and on.. Its precious and wonderful to see.. Lovely post xx

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 10:24 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Karen 19/01/2015 at 12:44 pm

    I just love this. A childs imagination is amazing to see x

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 10:22 pm

      It’s incredible what they come up with – the other day Kitty told Elma they were going to Venice and they had a whole game based on Venice!

  • Donna 19/01/2015 at 6:28 pm

    That is such a wonderful picture, the kind that will evoke memories for years to come x

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 10:19 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Mammasaurus 19/01/2015 at 6:48 pm

    I am so in love with how you are doing these posts!

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 10:19 pm

      thank you – I think I’m going to enjoy having a year’s worth of messes and little stories to look back on!

  • sally 19/01/2015 at 7:05 pm

    Full of memories. And I love the idea of purple fimo and glitter becoming Sofia’s amulet, we might have to try that.

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 10:08 pm

      Glittery limo is awesome – we made all sorts of shapes and beads many of which now live down the side of the sofa I’m sure!

  • hena tayeb 19/01/2015 at 8:18 pm

    imagination is a wonderful thing.. plus they are having fun.

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 9:59 pm

      And self-tidying fun at that!

  • Sian 19/01/2015 at 8:56 pm

    Sounds like lots of fun, imaginative play!

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 9:58 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 19/01/2015 at 9:10 pm

    Fantastic post Carie, I want to be a kid again!! x

    • Carie 19/01/2015 at 9:57 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Charlotte | Baking Betsy 19/01/2015 at 10:41 pm

    Wonderful story. I just love how the smallest things become the most inspired moments. Seriously impressed with the imagination!

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:30 pm

      I thought it was pretty inventive too – I love the things Kitty comes up with at the moment, it’s such a fun age 🙂

  • Merlinda (@pixiedusk) 20/01/2015 at 6:57 am

    Wow. Amazing weaver of words you are. #livingarrows

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:29 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Amy 20/01/2015 at 7:53 am

    Boundless imagination is such a wonderful thing. I love this post carie x

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:29 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • sustainablemum 20/01/2015 at 9:28 am

    Wonderful. We do all have imaginations like that ours have just a bit lost in the melee of being a parent. 🙂

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:26 pm

      and the never ending to do list and the bit that vanished when baby brain kicked in!!

  • Amber 20/01/2015 at 1:15 pm

    Your little stories capture the essence of your children so beautifully.

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:25 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 20/01/2015 at 3:28 pm

    Their imaginations never fail to make me smile- gorgeous post Carie. x

    • Carie 20/01/2015 at 10:18 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Nikki Thomas 25/01/2015 at 2:05 pm

    I love the story behind the photo and this is so often the case with children and one of the many things I love about their imaginations

    • Carie 25/01/2015 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you – it’s turning out to be a lot of fun to tell the stories behind their creations

  • Hayley at Shutterflies 25/01/2015 at 3:46 pm

    I love the posts that you have been sharing, Carie. It’s so lovely to know the story behind all these simple treasures and you’re girls are clearly very creative and imaginative. Thanks for sharing x

    • Carie 27/01/2015 at 8:10 am

      thank you – they certainly come up with the most amazing stories when left to their own devices!