I had big plans to make my girls an Oliver & S bucket hat each for the upcoming summer. I had the pattern printed, traced and cut. I was up to selecting fabric. This takes me ages. Do I use something from the stash? Do I buy more? I’ve already spent heaps at Spotlight in the past couple of weeks. But I need a coordinate. Maybe it should be pink? No I’m sick of pink. But she likes pink…How about purple? Maybe floral? What darling? You want dinosaurs. Are you sure? OK. But darling that is black. It will be too hot. Oh pink? How about purple?
You get the idea.
Then I went shopping for bathers. Total disaster. But that’s another story.
We were cruising around one of the large variety chain stores, fast enough that Lucy wouldn’t have a tantrum and try and get out of the pram, but slow enough that I could have a look. We got to the kids department and there was a huge rack of sun hats.
The hats were only $4.50. I can’t argue with that price. They selected one each. Anna wanted a Dora one to begin with. I talked her out of it. (Anyone else detest all the horrible Dora / Disney / Wiggles clothing? I can’t stand it! Even worse, kids clothes with stupid slogans.) She ended up choosing a lovely star print hat. She has worn it every day since – WIN!
I know, these hats probably won’t last as long as a handmade one, and some poor exploited worker in China probably made them and got paid five cents, but there are days where you just need to take the path of least resistance.
I might get crafty yet and embellish Lucy’s lovely aqua number with something pretty. Or I might not.
I’d love to tell you that my kids are poster children for the handmade movement. It’s just not true. I love making stuff for them, but they grow SO quickly and spill stuff all over themselves, so it’s just not possible. Good old Target, Kmart, Big W and hand me downs from friends make up a huge part of their wardrobe. With warmer weather arriving though, they will wear more Mummy made things – skirts and dresses are my specialty.
With summer almost here, I might even try and sew something for myself! *gasp*