Wilder Travels, Part 5

The conclusion.

I had ideas about how I would end our Travels With Laura, but my oldest daughter changed my mind.

Yesterday, she took it upon herself to embroider her own picture.  I'd taught her a bit of embroidery in the past, but it always ended up a tangled, criss-crossed mess - clearly a small child's mess, an endearing mess.

But it turns out my little girl is growing up.  Literally, too - we measured her today, and she's grown an inch-and-a-half since February!

She clamped some fabric she found in a hoop, drew a picture on the fabric with a pencil, and asked me to thread a needle for her.  She came to me only to tie stuff off, thread the needle, or to show her a new stitch.  (From the Sublime Stitching school of embroidery, I taught her back stitch, slip stitch, and satin stitch.)  Once in a while, I might have to help take out a knot.

But the rest of the project was hers.

I wish I would have adjusted the fabric in the hoop better, but she drew her design a bit too high.  I'm so proud of what she did on her own, though!

Nearing the end of her project.


She gave the flower a face!

Then she found my husband's mini hammer and a nail, and hung her hoop on the wall by her bunk bed herself!

Her souvenir from the Historic Home & Museum (besides the quilt kit) was a craft book.

My Little House Crafts Book: 18 Projects from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Stories by Carolyn Strom Collins & Christina Wyss Eriksson, illustrated by Mary Collier.  New York: HarperCollins, 1998.
 There are a couple of needlework projects in the book, such as "Ma's Embroidered Pillow Sham":

and "Ma's Cross-Stitched Breadcloth":

We intended to make a corn cob doll, just like the one Laura had in Little House in the Big Woods.  I set some corn cobs out this week to dry in the sun, but the oldest daughter discovered them to be covered with ants, and threw them away without telling me!

There are many blogs and websites with more crafts, recipes, and activities.  There are people far better organized and creative than me, so here are a few of my favorite links:

Just one more thing...

An interview with the kids.  Because this is supposed to be about them, right?

Me:  Do you remember what made us start reading the Little House books?

Big Sis: It was after I said, "I want to live on a farm!"

Me:  Of what we've read so far, do you have a favorite part?

Big Sis:  I like it in Little House on the Prairie when Mr. Edwards meets Santa and bring them their presents.

Me:  Is there something that happens in the books that you wish you could do in real life?

Big Sis:  I wish I could live in a cabin!

Me (to Little Sis):  You've heard some of the big kid books, and we've read lots of the picture books.  Do you have a favorite part?

Little Sis:  (shakes head)  All of it.

Me:  What did you think of the Laura part of the trip?

Big Sis:  I loved it!

Me:  What was your favorite part?

Big Sis:  I don't know.  All of it. 

Me:  What was your favorite part of everything we saw?

Little Sis:  Laura's house!

Me:  The farmhouse?

Little Sis:  (nods head)

Me:  What was your favorite part of the house?

Little Sis:  All of it.

Big Sis:  It would be cool to live where those trees are.  And seeing the desk where Laura wrote her books.

Related Posts:  Wilder Travels, Part One; Wilder Travels, Part Two; Wilder Travels, Part 3; Wilder Travels, Part 4

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  1. That's wonderful! I love that she created the design herself. I just learned how to embroider (a little) two summers ago- I liked what I learned. I should pick that up again someday. My favorite part of the books is when Pa's telling the story about the Black Panther. I love that part! (Though Farmer Boy is my favorite of all of the books) I've really enjoyed this week! thanks :)

    1. I tend to go through spurts. Oooo, look at these patterns! Then I'll start a project, then another one, until I have 4 or 5 projects started, but nothing finished.

      I love the panther story! I need to revisit Farmer Boy. It sticks out the least in my mind.

      Thanks, Robyn. It's been fun, but I'm looking forward to returning to more contemporary stuff this week. ;o)


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