We've just had one of those crazy busy weeks, I honestly haven't had one spare moment to visit blogland. There's been unexpected photoshoots, family staying, dance rehearsals and shows (very lovely, but 3 - yes three - hours of trying to keep two little ones amused ...), football team cup finals (lost on penalties, lots of very emotional 9 year old boys ...), cub camp, and then right in the middle I find out that Nellie has Another Dress Up Day - aaargh!
Why does everything always seem to happen at once?! If only I could be one of those organised mums, who knows exactly what's coming up, rather than living in a chaotic whirlwind and just managing to pull things together by the skin of my teeth. Outside the house I try to portray an air of bohemian calmness, wafting around with a relaxed smile fixed to may face ... I think I give the game away every morning with our last minute sprint to school (we give Bolt a run for his money), bags flying behind us and beads of sweat appearing on my brow. Sometimes I really drive myself around the bend, goodness knows how my family put up with me, I've always been like this, I guess some things will never change ...
So, back to dressing up, as we were saying goodnight on the eve of dress up day, we had a little brainstorn, our conversation went a bit like this ...
Nellie (currently studying Roald Dahl): "I think I want to be The Enormous Crocodile"
Me (casually laughing whilst trying to think of excuse): "Urrrm, maybe next time darling, let's go for something a little less ambitious ..."
Nellie (thinking hard): "OK ... how about The Hungry Caterpillar?"
Me (freaking out inside): "I'm not sure we can magic up something complicated over night ... let's think about something more human ..."
Nellie (perusing her book shelf): "Oh ... I know ... Hermione Granger ... you could sew me a big cloak ..."
Me (I love how my daughter hasn't yet realised that I'm not SuperMum): "oh dear ... no black fabric!"
Of course the answer was actually lying straight in front of us, Pippi Longstocking ...
Pippi is one of Nellie's favourite books (and mine, I can't get enough of Lauren Child's illustrations). The perfect mix of ordinary little girl, with enough caricature to make it easy to put together and yet obviously Pippi Longstocking. It's amazing what you can find lying around the house, after a quick rummage I had pieced together a flowery shirt dress, some orangey-red hair spray from another occasion, mis-matched stripey socks (a real stroke of luck!), school shoes, green ribbon, my old toy monkey, some florist wire (from my pre-kiddo days as a florist), an eyeliner pencil and that little crochet collar as a finishing touch. Those wired plaits were a nightmare to get right while eating breakfast, but she ended up looking like a real-life version of Lauren Child's Pippi!