My favorite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market.
– Amy Sedaris
Halloween just passed and though I was not motivated leading up to it, I decided to maintain my childhood custom of trick-or-treating by taking Baby J on his first trick-or-treat outing. This custom originated in my family around handmade costumes my mom and grandma would make us kids. In fact, my dad posted pictures Halloween morning of my sister and I, more than a decade apart in age, wearing the same handmade mouse costume (see photo above). This idea of creating something for our children is nothing new, but it may just be a tradition worth keeping around.
The key is to keep things simple when creating for your child. Here are a few projects I did recently that brought a lot of joy to my life.
- Baby romper and matching hat
- Diaper wreath / dreamcatcher for a baby shower
- Baby mobile – using weaving and macrame
- Incredible Hulk Halloween costume
- Crib shoes with silicone no-slip soles
Maybe your creative outlet isn’t sewing or weaving. Maybe you like to write or draw or dance or sing. Whatever it is, create something for your child. It will energize you as a parent, and it will make for a beautiful keepsake and memory for your child. Share with me what you decide to make.