On Valentine's Day I was accepted into Etsy Kids. This is a branch of ETSY where items made specifically for children are displayed. The same day I found out about their February challenge, and began working on an entry. The theme: JUNGLE! There are not any prizes involved, but it does give more exposure for my Etsy shop. Some time today and throughout the week people can go onto http://etsykids.blogspot.com/ to vote for their favorite item in the list. The person whose item receives the most votes has the privilege of choosing the theme for the next challenge. I think this is a great idea, and my mum and I have had fun viewing the other creative clothing and accessories Etsy members have contributed.
I was glad to have leopard spot fabric and brown trim on hand, as they went well with the theme. Looking through one of my international folkwear books, I discovered a cute little tunic from Liberia, and decided to make it up for the challenge. Since it was at the last minute (the deadline was Saturday), and we had so much going on (skating, campfires on the back porch...lots of fun activities!), Marjolaine could not get pictures outside. The photo I sent in Saturday night might confuse people as it is taken in front of a decorated tree in the living room...in February! It smells so good (the tree, that is!) and looks so pretty, that we have kept it up. We also did not notice the mess on the sofa, but did not have time to run to the downstairs computer, turn it on, and edit the picture! Today we attempted some poses outside, but it is raining! We posted them anyway on http://www.plumedenikola.etsy.com/.
Here is how the dress turned out, with Katia (a little too tall for a size 2!) modeling it. If you so desire, you can look later today at the Etsy Kids blog and vote. I would appreciate it!