Dressing up is still Dominic's favorite activity, and frequently he likes to play at being a pirate. I was inspired by this set from Nova Natural (my favorite catalog for inspiration!).
My mom came by to help us celebrate.
A very happy Dominic. I took loads of photos of him opening his gifts, but they just were blurs. Dominic was bouncing up and down and I didn't get any decent shots. But I had the good sense to take photos of the handmade gifts before wrapping them.
Etsy shop. For Dominic, we spray-painted the blade silver and stained the handle.
Not shown in this post is the eye patch I made (just three layers of felt and elastic), this really neat pistol I ordered for him (which was his Oma's gift to him), the matchbox cars from Sebastian, a Sacajawea dollar coin which Adrian gave him--so generous of him, as he had only two), a pirate drawing his grandpa did for him during his visit, which I framed and hung by his bed, and, because this tough old sea dog still loves to cuddle, a stuffed Tigger, which Dominic loves (and he tells me that his beloved Pooh does, too!) and some sticker books from his aunt.
Way too much gear.
The boys played pirates, watched Peter Pan, and then played some more. It was very loud. There was a lot of "bloody" this and "bloody" that. Even pirates can have too much of a good thing.
But first thing this morning, he was up (first one up after me) and gearing up again. It has been so satisfying to see him loving his gifts, and knowing that we produced them ourselves. Being financially pinched has spurred us on to be more creative. If necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps poverty is the mother of inspiration!
If you enjoy seeing the creative endeavors of others, I suggest you stop by Natural Suburbia for Creative Friday. There are always wonderful things to be seen!