Simple Dolls

Simple Peg Dolls from An Everyday StoryI wouldn’t say I’m a spiritual person but I do think that life offers you opportunities just when you need them the most. The busyness of our lives but the monotony of our days was bringing me down a little lately. That was when my friend suggested we take a weekend trip, just us girls, down the coast. 2 nights away.

The promise of warm cups of tea, late morning sleep-ins and slow and peaceful wanderings through tiny local shops. Yes.

But as the weekend got closer I started to get nervous. It has been a long long time since I’d been by myself. What if I didn’t have anything to talk about? What would I even do with myself without having to look after Jack and Sarah? I almost pulled out. Twice.

I would never have imagined I would become this person. Anyone who knew me before I was a mother would never have thought I was a nervous person; doubting my whole self. It seemed my entire identity, or so I thought, was wrapped up in being Jack and Sarah’s mother.

Sometimes it seems like we see other people but never really get the chance to talk. We chat about this and that, but always with one eye on what the children are doing.

Here was my chance to talk, and to listen, and it scared me a little.

But as we sat and made little dolls the stories flowed; late into the night we talked, talked about our lives, our loves, shared those stories that we hold closest to our hearts.

I am a mother but I am also me. I have stories to tell and I feel so very blessed to have people in my life who share their stories with me.

Peg Dolls from An Everyday Story Little Peg People from An Everyday StorySimple Boy Peg Dolls from An Everyday Story

These little people kept us company. They were very simple to make and were a wonderful evening or slow Sunday morning project. Would you like to make some? You’ll need:

  • some tall peg people – you can see my full picture tutorial
  • scraps of fabric for their clothes
  • scraps of felt for the boys’ cloaks – cut a rectangle, glue around the neck and stitch at the front
  • unspun wool for hair – just a dab of glue and have fun styling
  • fabric glue
  • embroidery thread for hair bands

Oh what a wonderful weekend we had.

11 Replies to “Simple Dolls”

  1. It sounds like a very special weekend- good medicine for the soul.

    I would love a weekend like this. I don’t really have anyone to share that with though 🙁

    I’m not sure is be afraid of talking. I’ve always got so much to say, but how did you feel away from J and S?

    1. I think I was more anxious than I realised. I did have a terrible headache for some of it. But Jack and Sarah had a great time with their dad.

      I think it is really important for us all to have someone we can call on. I’ve realised this lately and particularly after my weekend away. I think we all need to take small conscious steps towards building a strong support network around us so we don’t feel isolated.

  2. It sounds like it is exactly what you needed. The more you make time for it and the better you will be at it (meaning you will be more comfortable). You are a very good mother, and you will be an even better Mom if you take time to just be Kate. I am very slowly trying to implement this myself.

    1. I think you’re right Deb. Just what I needed. We’ve had a really good week this week and I think it was because I had a chance to focus on me for a while.

  3. Reading your feelings brought tears to my eyes. It is so very important not to lose who we are in the people we love and serve each day. They are a part of us, but we are all our own selves. Love that, thank you.

    I get to have a little bit of time away this weekend! A friend has organized a crafting weekend for ladies devastated by the flooding this summer, with those who can bringing donations, and those who lost will be able to craft away even if they have nothing. It will be a good weekend with friends old and new, and it’s just around the corner from our house, so I’ll still get to sleep in my own bed. Perfect.

    1. How was your weekend away Kaly? It sounded amazing. It’s so lovely to see a community pulling together. I was so happy to hear you had moved back into your house. How are things settling down?

      1. Thank you for asking, Kate. My weekend away was very nice. I didn’t get as much done as I had wanted to, but the friendships which were strengthened and new friendships made was worth it.

        Yes, things are settling down for the most part. Our basement was destroyed, so now it just sits until we can make the necessary repairs. I was able to put down some of those foam floor tiles for the boys and got a plastic play structure so at least the boys have a space to get their wiggles out! Trying to cram everything we own onto one floor is tricky, but we are thankful we are back in our house, as some of our friends are still not. We are making the best of it!

  4. Sometimes you read something and it just clicks…’always with one eye on what the children are doing.’ This is so true and such a part of our lives that perhaps we don’t even realise how it can interfere with connecting with partners, friends etc. I’m so glad you enjoyed a weekend away with your girlfriends. Thank you for the lovely reminder to take care of not only ourselves but our friendships.

    1. Thank you 🙂 Sometimes I feel as though my every thought is interrupted in someway. It was so nice to have time to reconnect with friends. Like you said, it is so very important.

  5. I have learned that the more anxious I feel about doing something, the more important it becomes that I do it. 🙂

    1. I think you are so right Allison.

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