"Make Snow Gnomes"
I envisioned these frosty looking guys, in blues and whites frolicking in our (yet-to-be-created) snow scene. And for the most part Marissa, Isabella, and Emmett shared the same vision (but added a bit of decoration to the hat). They were kind enough to go along with the pattern I had on hand.
And then there was Jackson--
Let me tell you how this went down . . .
Jackson whines, "I don't want a silly hat, I want a prince with a crown!"
I cut out a crown.
"Give him a red coat."
I locate the red.
"He needs a sword."
I snip/whittle/hot glue toothpicks to be a sword.
He looses that one.
I make a second one.
"I want another coat that sticks up around his neck."
I snip and fiddle.
"No, that's too big . . ." I snip some more, "Yeah, like that and make it stand up."
I fasten what is essentially a green pop-up collar.
"He needs a sheath for his sword."
At this point I give him the evil eye and state I will not be making a sheath. He sobs. Grumbling I set about making a sheath out of felt and hot glue. I attach it on the prince's waist.
"Nooooooo!" He wails. "It goes on the other side!" More tears.
I make an adjustment. Phew, satisfied customer.
Don't get me started on the princess.