Four and Twenty Blackbirds
I have done a few other things in my life in addition to pie making and made a living at some of them or at least supplemented it when needed. One of my favorite home business endeavors was making children’s clothes. Going to the fabric store to pick up colorful and whimsical prints was always a good day and my son loved going with me to pick out dinosaur, truck, or dragon prints to name a few. They made for some very fun pants. I lined them with flannel, added ribbing at the cuffs, and finished them with an elastic waist so he could maneuver getting them on and off easily which helped a lot when I had my hands covered with bread dough.
Moms at our weekly play group saw them, and soon I was making them for the kids and others. I usually ended up sewing after midnight so that became the name of my little home business. Oh and baby blankets! I LOVED making those. The ones I made for my boy are falling apart, but even though he is nearly 30, I have them tucked away safely in a box in the attic that also has his favorite lovies, which is what we called his collection of stuffed animals.
This weekend I am attending the baby shower of one of my son’s childhood friends. It seems impossible to imagine that the babies I watched grow up are having sweet babes of their own. Just impossible! But, that is the way of the world, yes?
I went up to the attic to find some batting in one of my sewing boxes and came across fabric I had completely forgotten about neatly folded along with some pretty yellow flannel. It has most all of the characters from Mother Goose. I brought it down and set to work making a blanket just like the ones I made for my boy as a special gift for the new baby. Right in the middle it even has the blackbirds from four and twenty escaping from the pie. How perfect is that!