Csermely is learning. Eye. Ear. Nose. Tooth. In her own baby tongue, not quite English yet, but definitely understandable. It is hard to finish a meal without a tiny baby finger in your eye – or ear.
We try to make as many of her toys as possible (made from all natural materials) and on occasion, buy other handcrafted quality items. Recently as a gift we received a set of wood blocks from Smiling Tree Toys in Minnesota. Made of cherry, maple and walnut wood they are simply beautiful and will surely last a lifetime!
Back to the learning of body parts – I recently made Csermely a little stuffed pig using leftover scraps from bags and clothes. The light purple of the belly and ears was dyed this past fall with grape mush fermented in the sun.
It was quite simple to make and sew by hand. Lots of body pieces “imagined” on the fabric, drawn with pencil, cut and then sewn with flax thread.
The head is stuffed with long fibered flax, processed at a local mill here in Hungary.
and the button nose – one of the many crafted by her grandfather, piece by piece.
Everyday this little guy is carried around the kitchen, thrown into the firewood basket and tossed around with the wood blocks in a little basket. Durable and with texture, he will last awhile with us. In the end he is fully compostable, like every item we create here at home!
If you like to create your own toys and stuffed animals – using scraps and old clothes – a great book to check out is Sew Me, Love me by Hsiu-Lan Kuei.