Like many homeschoolers, my older daughter (6 years) enjoys the Little House series by Laura Ingles Wilder. She calls them the "Mary" books, for some reason identifying with the older daughter in the books rather than the author. I promised her that I would some day make her a "Mary" dress. We searched for the most authentic looking pattern, just the right natural fabrics and last weekend I decided to tackle it. It took nearly the entire day just to cut it out with all it's many pieces and another full day to sew it up but it's finally done and let me tell you, YOU COULD FIT THE WHOLE PRAIRIE IN THIS DRESS!!! It's huge. Little House in the Big Woods, NO WAY...Little Girl in the Big Dress is what I'm calling it. But gosh, darnit, she's cute and gosh, darnit, the dress, pinafore and bonnet are lovely and gosh, darnit, they better be because she'll be wearing them until she's 10!!
I am a Christian wife, vegetarian mother, home school mom, foster parent and natural crafter who has incorporated the Waldorf lifestyle into our home. I fill my days with educating, sewing, knitting, spinning, crochet, dyeing, bread baking, or gardening and no day is complete unless I've created something. I believe in natural toys for the kids, very limited tv and hands-on learning.