The new year began with taking care of our oldest grandchildren in McKinney, Texas while our son and his wife took a little trip.
Madison, now almost 15 years old, began creating when she was two years old. She was photographed with me in my book, In the Studio with Judy Murrah when she was 3 years old. The photographer asked how we would get her to do something he could shoot for the book and I told him all we had to do was let her in the studio and she would begin to create. She loved my design wall and would “decorate” anything that was up there.
She later advanced to cutting and pinning fabrics and trims on my mannequin to create quite amazing wearable art. She now excels in drama in high school and has won awards for her costume design. I have always had so much fun with her and her love of playful creations.
Tyler, her brother, has also enjoyed creating a few things sewing on my machine. I think the mechanics of it has been more of an attraction to him than the end result. Now at almost 12 years old he tells me how to operate anything that has to do with computers. They are both dear children and I am in awe of them.
This past week end my husband and I took care of our three younger grandchildren in our home. Our daughter was on an annual scrapbook retreat to create pages with all the supplies she has collected and photos she has taken of her children.
Lindsey, who soon will turn 9 years old, and sister Sydney, who is 6, could not wait to create Valentines in my studio during the time they spent with us. Ashton, their almost 4-year-old brother, would rather tackle and distract his sisters than work on a project so Granddaddy tried to convince him to swing outside or color in the playroom while we sewed.
Remember that studio table that was all cleaned-off on New Year’s Day? Well look at it now in action with these busy little girls. They took to designing their cards like they have done any project we have done together. They love to create in their jammies at the end of the day as their Grammy does too. I bet you do the same. I’m so glad I have drapes to close at the end of the day and drapes to open to the sunlight in the morning.
Sydney is still too small to sit at the machine and sew on her own so she sits on my knee and controls the material as I operate the pedal. We make a good team and she gets much satisfaction out of her creation. She begs to sew every time she comes to my house. She and Lindsey have their own scrap drawers in my studio and know exactly what’s in them.
Lindsey is big enough now to use the machine by herself with no problem. She remembers each step of putting down the presser foot, turning corners, back stitching, cutting the thread when she has finished her stitching, etc. She takes very little guidance and is quite patient at finishing a project.
The little girls are quite proud of the Valentines they made. Sydney adorned earrings for this monumental photograph. I love their enthusiasm to sew. Aren’t I the lucky Grammy to have three granddaughters who want to spend time in my studio creating with me. I would love to hear about your experiences creating with kids. I know you have had some great times, too.