Under My Umbrella

I remember waking up from a nap when I was about five or six and being surprised by my parents with a gift they had made while I snoozed; beds for my Barbie dolls, made from shoe boxes covered in calico with matching mini quilts. One was red with little flowers, the other yellow with the same flowers. At last Ken, Barbie and Skipper had a place to sleep.

There is nothing better than unexpected, "just because" gifts in my opinion. With this in mind, I try to surprise my kids with handmade gifts when they least expect them. I have been secretly working on this embroidery for Avery for some time, and finished it today while she played at a friend's house.

The piece was inspired by a Kidz Bop song that received a lot of play time around our house(under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh), a drawing from an old children's book, and the fact that Avery is up to my shoulder now (how did that happen?). Our CD player is broken and interest in Kidz Bop has waned, but this song will always be remembered fondly.

Not a big Mandy Moore fan, but I prefer this version over Rihanna's or Kidz Bop.

Enjoying a rainy day today, the chance to complete a project and the opportunity to surprise my favorite girl. She will always have a place under my umbrella.


  1. I have a cute version (way better than Rhianna's) by Marie Digby (I think). Check it out.

  2. Thanks Tara! Here's the link to Marie Digby's if anyone is interested.

  3. I'm glad you have fond memories. May they always be with you as you make your own.
    It makes me proud to sign this:

  4. Your parents are cool -- and so are you.

    Very cute embroidery!

  5. Love the embroidery; it reminds me of a quilt my mom made for my brother years ago.

  6. Lexi and Emma's GrammieJanuary 21, 2008

    To have these memories is a treasure to hold in your heart always! Love the embroidery and the comment of your "best girl"...
    she is a doll!

  7. How sweet that embroidery is! And Skipper -- I'd forgotten all about Skipper! And your dad! Isn't he sweet, too.

  8. Speaking of Kidz Bop, my daughter was gifted a few of the CDs one year. So, when they were given iPods this Christmas one of the songs they requested was Pink's Get The Party Started, only they'd been listening to the Kidz Bop version. So, they were a little surprised by the line, I'll be burning rubber, you'll be kissing my a** :). My daughter said, "She said a bad word."

    I love the embroidery. It's lovely. I also like that you surprise your children with handmade things. That is so cool. It's usually the children who surprise the parents ;).

  9. What a cute embroidery! I'm so glad you have such a wonderful memory. Even though I'm at work, my heart is home working on my "fun" projects on this very rainy day. Love ya

  10. What a great memory! I am always surprised at how much my kids love anything I make for them. I think it's time for another little surprise.

  11. That makes me think of a line in a Beatles song, if I'm remembering correctly.

    Very sweet.

  12. ella, ella... this will be a permenant part of my memory, too. I love your embroidery. so sweet. I think it's time for another lesson at the coffee shop...

  13. Very sweet Molly! Love the sentiments and the stitching. Nice work.



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