This Sunday Dad and the boys went to a nearby field to meet up with some other boys and fly their remote controlled planes. While they were away the girls set the table in anticipation of the yummy Chinese food that said boys would bring home upon their return.
But setting the table for such a feast is no simple task. First mama and the girl had the clean up the Monopoly game that was occupying the entire table. They joked about how it had become their favorite game since the girl learned to count money, give change, and purchase the properties that had eluded her brothers so that she could sell those same properties back to them for far more than their true worth. They then fetched the "chicken plates" that they purchased at tjmaxx over the summer. (Mama and the girl are aware that these plates do, in fact, depict roosters but around here it's all about the girls and hence they are referred to as the chicken plates.) Then the girl set out the John Derian insect tumblers that she insisted mama get the moment she spied them at target. Because she was convinced that simple milk and juice would taste magical when consumed from a cup bearing the image of a ladybug and butterfly. This proved to be true.
Once the table was set, mama and the girl felt it was a bit bear. So they sewed a table runner. Out of some fun fabric that mama has had on a shelf for a year - maybe two. And they made it reversible because the girl found that the yellow fabric would compliment the gourds and mini pumpkins on the table that she loved to arrange and rearrange over and over until they were just so.
The girl also thought that some felt leaves would add the perfect touch to the fall table awaiting Chinese food. So she and mama cut leaf shapes out of felt and the girl arranged them on the runner, just as she had her pumpkins. Mama considered sewing down the leaves but decided that doing so would make the table runner more difficult to launder. And in the world of accidents, spills and mishaps in which this mama resides, easy laundering is of utmost importance.
After all, beauty is in the simple things. And in quick projects, crafted with eager kiddos that create lasting memories. And that is why I sewed a table runner.