Beware of brainstorms. It seemed like a fun idea at the time. Little did I know where it would lead.
After my annual sewing spree making slipper jammies for my four grandchildren last Christmas, I decided to make a matching pair for Isabel’s baby doll. With a little ingenuity, I was able to create a miniature version which delighted little Isabel. End of story. Or so I thought.“Grammy, Bear is really cold.” This was Ben, Isabel’s older brother. “He has to stay under the covers in my bed all the time. Do you think you could make some slipper jammies for him?”
How could I refuse? I have to admit, my heart soared. Here was something I – and probably only I – could do for Ben. And for Bear. “Of course!” was the only answer. Complete with a ribbed collar and tail-hole, Bear was soon warm and cozy.
By that time, I knew it would not end there. I had already bought another zipper. “Grammy, what about Kitty? Could he have slipper jammies?” Big sister Mya. I was unfazed but after several hours of wrangling with tracing paper and pins, Kitty proved to exceed my design capabilities.
“Mya, we have to talk.” This was serious face-to-face conversation. “Kitty isn’t so sure about slipper jammies. I tried really hard, but she asked me if I could make them for Puppy instead.” Uncertainty crossed her face, but to my relief she agreed. “I think Puppy needs four slipper feet, don’t you?” I suggested. “Oh yes!” I was saved.
Which all leads to the next logical question. Will they expect new matching slipper jammies for their friends next Christmas, just like theirs? I’ve saved the patterns just in case…