The last couple of days have been very busy, with final errands, a little bit more baking (stocking the freezer with home made bread for the kids!) a last night of figure drawing group, and lots - and I mean LOTS - of laundry!
One project that finally got finished up was something special for my daughter, Arianna. Arianna has one very strict rule whenever I am about to leave the house or right befor she goes to bed: Kiss and Hug. Kiss and Hug is very important. We must kiss and hug, even if I am just running to the grocery store.
Ever since Arianna found out about me traveling to Italy, she has been asking for extra Kiss and Hugs to save for when I'm gone. I knew I would have to do something to appease her need for Kiss and Hug for ten days.
A while back, Arianna came home from school with this adorable drawing of a frog. Super colorful, lots of character. I had seen something on Pinterest where an artist took a child's drawing and transformed it into a three dimensional stuffed animal.
So that's what I decided to do. Create a stuffed frog that would be named Kiss and Hug - filled with all the extra kisses and hugs she will need while I am gone.
This was fun to shop for - the corful fabrics for the legs, Pom poms for the toes and fingers, cloth buttons for the belly. It was harder than I thought to put it all together, but I was pretty happy with it.
I just gave it to Arianna tonight (don't worry - Jack got something too!) and she knew right away where she had seen this frog before.
Hopefully the time will pass quickly and her new friend will remind her that mom loves her, even from far away.