Being a part of the Barbie Project with Little Lady has opened up the chance for so many conversations. Recently, while sharing my love for my Dodgers Barbie she asked what other things I did with Barbie. I wanted to share the ways I played with Barbie while also making something very special with her.
My special memories with Barbie as a kid brings me back to moments I spent making dresses for Barbie. I wanted to have the same clothes as her. I mean how cool would it be if Barbie and I had the same clothes!
While browsing my favorite blogs I came across a Faux Mexi-Embroidered Shirt by CraftyChica. I thought it was brilliant and wanted one for myself!
Mexican Embroidery reminds me so much of my family. My grandmother's both had dish towels, clothing, and even wall decor that was embroidered.
I immediately thought of Barbie clothes . The idea of sharing this with little lady to learn more about my grandmothers and our heritage was perfect!
I went to work that night and made Little Lady a custom Faux Mexi-Embroidered shirt of her own out of a white undershirt just like the tutorial from Crafty Chica! Also, I made Barbie a dress and shirt out of felt. They were perfect.
I surprised Little Lady with the outfits and she loved them! I had her feel the clothes for Barbie and her shirt too. I told her this is what embroidery feels like. This isn't embroidery because mama doesn't know how to make embroidered things but this sure is close! She wanted to wear her shirt immediately and got to playing with her dolls.
During lunch, we talked about my grandmothers and how our family is from Mexico. I told her Mexico is know for their gorgeous embroidery. I told her about how embroidery is done with so much love and so many bright colors. She continued to talk to me and help with lunch while Barbies hung around in their new clothes!
She asked if I wore shirts like the one I gave her. I told her no but I wish I did! I shared that grandma (my mama) has a embroidered dress that was given to her as a gift, something very common in our culture. I got to wear it a few times I told her I was given tea towels with beautiful embroidered flowers as a gift too and that I have them safe in a box and one day I want her to have them too.
I know she doesn't fully understand how special embroidery is to our heritage but just sharing felt great! I feel she learned a little more about our family. Now Barbie gets to be a part of these memories because without Barbie I don't think I would have been able to share just how special Mexican Embroidery is. I am so excited Barbie and Little Lady will continue to rock their Mexi-Embroidered fashion while exploring our heritage!
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