Today is my sister-in-law's 40th birthday. She is younger than I am (cough, cough), so I can't really poke fun at her.
To mark this milestone birthday, my daughter and I made a small embroidered quilt for her. My 6 year old nephew (who is sister-in-law's son) recently started drawing elephants. For the longest time he struggled to make any recognizable shapes, then all of a sudden these marvelous elephants started emerging from the end of his crayons. His drawings are absolutely delightful, full of character and originality. They look like drawings adults make when adults are trying to make kid-like art, if that makes any sense. My nephew drew some elephants when he was here a few weeks ago, and when he tacked them up on my refrigerator, I thought a-ha, now I know exactly what to do for my sister-in-law's birthday!
I was going to embroider the elephant myself, but my daughter really wanted to do it, and how could I say no to that? I transferred the elephant to fabric, and she did most of the embroidery, everything but the eye and the tail. I sewed it all into a small quilt, slightly smaller than a pot holder, and put a jute hanger on it.
We hand-delivered it today, and mother and son were very surprised and happy. I think the mother may have a hard time convincing the son it is hers, and not his! I think I foresee more elephant embroidery in my future.