Twenty-six years ago, My Sweet Baboo and my large pregnant self made the trip to family in Northern Indiana for a baby shower to welcome our soon-to-arrive firstborn. Driving 8 hours at 36 weeks meant that we stopped at every mall along I - 65 so I could walk around a bit.
At one (on the north side of Nashville near Goodlettesville...can't remember the name off hand), there was a shop with cool appliqued stockings. We decided we'd get some, since we weren't going to go to our parents' for Christmas that year (the baby was due Jan 3). I selected a stocking w/ Santa, MSB picked a rocking horse and, even though we didn't expect the baby before Christmas, we picked one for him/her anyway.
Back in the day, routine ultrasounds were not done and we did not know the gender of the imminent arrival, so we got a gender-neutral teddy bear.
Of course, the Princess showed up two weeks early, so we were glad to have a stocking for her. However, we neglected to imagine having MORE kids at that point, as other kids came along we adults relinquished our stockings to them...The Artist got the rocking horse, and The Actor got my Santa stocking.
At some point, I made a pattern from the stockings and made Mr and Mrs Snowmen stockings for My Sweet Baboo and me , and, when The Flute Player came along, I made a stocking for her with a little girl mouse on the front.
We were all set at that point.
Until this year, when we added a son-in-law to the mix. I thought I would just buy a stocking somewhat similar to ours, but I couldn't find anything that didn't look...tacky.
Then I found out that the Princess thought it would just be LOVELY if he had a teddy bear stocking like hers. Unfortunately, my stocking pattern has been AWOL for a while.
No matter. I retraced it last night and used odds and ends of fabric scraps and snippets of yardage in the stash and, behold, the sort-of-matching set:
Except it apparently came out a fuzz smaller. Not sure why...unless it's just not lying quite as flat as the quarter-century old stocking.
The Flute Player's comment: "Well, you messed up his mouth, but he's still cute."
It'll do, anyway. At least it looks better than what I could find retail. ;-)