Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Visit from a Fairy

Something very important is missing from my daughter's life today:
I know she doesn't look it, but I can assure you, she is thrilled.

We've been reading a lot about various worldwide traditions when a child loses a tooth--I highly recommend , and also asking random children while traveling what they do when they lose a tooth--and that might have addled Willow's brain a bit, because when I asked her if she was going to put her tooth under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy to take, she shouted, "YES!!! She's going to bring me a pinball game!"

Um, no, that's Santa Claus. The tooth fairy brings you fifty cents, and she puts it in your Tooth Fairy pocket:
I sewed Willow's Tooth Fairy pocket from a button-down shirt that both she and her sister had outgrown, and that was sitting in my scrap fabric stash. The buttonhole is original to the shirt, but I replaced the small blouse button with a larger, vintage shank button. The tooth stencil is from Purl Bee, traced onto grocery store freezer paper (which I do not like as much as the fancier stuff from Dharma Trading), and the W stencil is a rubber stamp image painstakingly cut out.

I have some ideas for a new, improved Tooth Fairy pocket in mind (in particular, a more realistic tooth, and a shape that is square, not oddly rectangled, etc.), which means that I'll probaby sew up one for Sydney soon and then write a tute for it.

As for the pinball game? We have the perfect Instructable picked out for that one.


kirsten said...

sometimes the tooth fairy is out of quarters and may give a random amount - like 87cents - especially if it's dark and she's tired...

julie said...

Ah, good to know. I'll put that one out there.

Actually, I got SO excited when Will lost her tooth. I was telling Matt, "I should leave her a little present, too. And a letter!" And Matt was all, "Um, do you know how many baby teeth your two children HAVE? Lowball it, sweetie."

Unknown said...

Or you may have less teeth if your are like my kids, whom one swallowed it while eating macaroni and cheese and the other while eating ice cream to which I replied "couldn't you feel something hard in the soft stuff you were eating?"

julie said...

Ewww! Did you get it back later?

Anonymous said...

LOL! Hubby is right about the lowballing - there are a LOT of teeth to be lost over the next several years.

We lost one once at the soccer field, thanks to a punt ball to the mouth. The Toothfairy remembered, anyway, telling the then Little Boy#1 in a note that she found the tooth.

Random change is always good, and interesting to count out in the morning.

cake said...

what an important milestone. congrats to all.