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Grandchildren and their pillow cases

055pc supplies 4Our grandchildren are growing up….oh so fast!  Already we’re past the age of infants and toddlers and now on to the age of grade school, middle school, high school and teenagers!   Our 6 grandchildren; Rylee, Taylor, Emma, Carson, Alivia and Connor range in age from 6 years to almost sweet 16!  At times I miss holding a newborn, the way they snuggle and smell like baby lotion.  I am very grateful to have precious memories of each of my grandchildren…holding and rocking them.  I believe there must be something medicinal about rocking a baby.  Time goes by so fast, I want to enjoy every age as they grow.

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A day at Grandma and Grandpa’s house usually begins with what all of the grandkids call “Grandpa’s famous waffles”.  No secret to this recipe, it’s all in the Bisquick box!

Because of the age difference it can be a challenge to find a project that everyone is interested in doing.   One afternoon when 5 of our grandchildren were visiting I remembered something that I did with their Mom’s and their Uncle Nathan when they were young.  We decorated pillow cases with fabric paint.  Those pillow cases were very well used, attending many slumber parties.  Over the years the pillow cases have slowly disappeared with the exception of two made by Uncle Nathan.   Just knowing he painted it has made it the “desired” pillow case when spending the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

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When I suggested painting their own pillow case everyone liked the idea.  So we were off to the store for fabric paints and white pillow cases.   You can find the fabric paint at any craft store or Wal-Mart.   I was able to purchase a better quality pillow case at Ross by purchasing king size cases.  By cutting 10″ off the length and then sewing up the end again they became standard size cases.

As you will be working with permanent fabric paint I would suggest covering your work surface with a vinyl tablecloth and perhaps an apron for the young ones.  We also found it helped to insert a piece of cardboard inside the pillow case so that the paint doesn’t bleed onto the back side of the pillow case.

Everyone worked at their own pace, some were quick and some spent much more time creating.   Carson did become a bit preoccupied as he decided that helping Grandpa build stairs might be more fun!

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By the time we were done we had worked up an appetite and we all agreed it was a good day for pizza.

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