Her first day, and her Floral Backpack

I was a little anxious as we all shuffled through the bottle neck of the doorway–dozens of teary-eyed moms guiding their carefully groomed little children to their seats. Twinkle had nothing but excitement and anticipation all morning long, but I saw a wave of timidity and nerves wash over her face as she absorbed the mood of the room. She started to cry when all the moms started to quietly steal away, and so Tito, Tiny and I all stayed with her until she was confident, calm and distracted again. We slipped out as the whole class giggled over the teacher’s book–a little mouse hiding in the backpack of boy on his first day of school. The whole way home I imagined her having a melt down as soon as she realized I wasn’t there, and half expected the phone to ring for a good hour after we were home.  When we went to pick her up all the nerves had relaxed, and she acted like she’d been going to Kindergarten for years. She was full of news and novelties, and her favorite part was of course, recess.

I’m sad to be at the end of a chapter that I have loved so much. Of course it’s not an end as much as it is a beginning, but even so, it means that my babies are growing and moving on from phase to phase. Many of you don’t know that I was seriously considered homeschooling Twinkle. I was homeschooled until 7th grade (except Kindergarten), and had a wonderful childhood and educational experience. I have always admired my mom’s ability to do what she did, and valued the things I learned. In the end it came down to what felt right, and most especially where I felt Tito and Tiny are at. Tito is going through a rough patch, and I felt like some one-on-one time will be good for our relationship. Also and maybe more importantly, I’m working with three different developmental therapists with Tiny right now, and sometimes I feel like her therapy takes up my life. I already feel overwhelmed with it all, and like I’m not doing enough, so I felt that what I have on my plate right now is exactly what I can handle. I don’t feel I could throw homeschooling into the mix as well. That being said, I do plan on supplementing and doing many of the things that I treasure from my own childhood (lots of reading, Motessori and fieldtrips), and I will take her education year by year–I am open to homeschooling in the future if that feels right.

I am so lucky to have my sweet Twinkle–she is nothing but a joy and help to me. She’s unbelievably bright and independent–she’s a perfect mix of my creativity and Allan’s logic. As I watched her today, I couldn’t help but burst with pride and love, and gratitude that she’s mine.

Details of the backpack of a few words: same vintage floral fabric as her jeans, made up the pattern, she loves it,, materials cost $13 bucks. Done.




  1. Heidi
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    SUCH a gorgeous backpack!!! I only started reading your blog a few weeks ago, but let me tell you, I have gotten so many great ideas off of it! Now I just have to wait for my internet order of fabric to get here (I live a good 300 miles from the closest fabric store and secondhand store) before I start making myself and my kids loads of stuff.

    • Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      That’s so exciting!! I have to confess I haven’t delved into the world of online fabric shopping, but I’m pretty sure that once I go for it, I won’t be able to go back! Glad you’re getting ideas!

      • Heidi
        Posted September 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

        Well, they just shipped it. I’ll let you know how the fabrics are; they were pretty well all insanely cheap knits so hopefully they don’t shrink horribly.

        (by the way, I’m also turning into the biggest blog-stalker ever. Sorry, lol).

  2. Posted September 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this. You did an awesome job. I wish I had half your skills.

  3. mekei
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    excellent job.

  4. Posted September 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I love you, Mim. I loved getting to see and talk to you last month and I love reading your blog. You’re seriously incredible. Oh, and Josie’s glasses!…Soooo darling!

  5. Posted September 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    So great! I am this close to making Milo’s backpack instead of ordering the one I want (and could totally make…) Cute cute girlie!

  6. Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    i love the floral kick you’re on. this backpack is so special, she will treasure it for years. and those skinnies you made her! fabulous of course. and the scrub top. and then there’s that floral blazer. what a dream, can’t wait to see what materializes there.

    • Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I am on quite the floral kick. I’ve always liked floral I think, secretly at least. My friend just thrifted some SWEET floral fabric for me too, so there’s more to come muahahahha…

  7. Posted September 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Well Mim,

    That is the most beautiful back pack…what a very lucky girl. This post sort of stirs feelings for me…I really feel you are making the absolute best choice this year to have Josie go to school. My heart entwines with yours in all that you have scheduling wise with Harper and her development. I am happy for the one on one time you’ll have with Merritt…and I am happy to hear you are going to take it year by year with homeschool…truly the Lord will guide you and I do hope you get to have that joy, because it really is an incredible experience and besides the absolute joy of teaching your child something they didn’t know, or all excitedly learning together…sometimes the most important teaching time I spend is taking that time to teach how to say sorry and make amends…the repentance process. It can drive me batty and I usually don’t give it the attention it needs…but I really can’t underestimate the importance of it and how it will repay itself back in the future…and that some of these important things…just take time to teach.
    But you never know what life will bring you with Harper, and it may be that school is just a blessing so you can do all you need with her year to year. OR it may end up, that homeschool at some point can make the Harper journey a beautiful interwoven family journey, and everyone learns so much in pulling together to help Harper. Whose to know what the future will bring, but you will do whats right year to year, just like you did this year.

    And…I am sorry to report that I am sort of jealous that I took 6 months or so to sew some jeans that have a few major problems and you just whip out a pair and make your own pattern, like tossing a pancake. But jealousy is truly of the devil…so I’ll change my heart about it right now and say…you are so blessed to be so talented and I am happy for you.

  8. Denúsia
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I’m from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) is the first time I visit this site. It’s beautiful and inspiring. CONGRATULATIONS!

    • Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

      wow, Brasil! That’s so awesome! So glad you like it here, hope you come again!

  9. martha
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    hello I´m from Mexico! your backpack it´s beautiful!! I would like to know if you can share the pattern? please

    • Posted September 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Martha, I’m glad you like it! Unfortunately I’m so busy right now, I barely have time to brush my teeth 😉 I probably won’t have time to share the pattern, but maybe next time I make I will. Sorry!

  10. Alyssa
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Any chance of getting the pattern? Such a lovely backpack!

    • Posted November 25, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I wish I had time!! I’ll let you know if I ever do, though!

      • Deana
        Posted November 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

        Omgosh, been DYING to find a pattern for a book bag that has the front little pocket like that.

  11. Scottia
    Posted July 20, 2014 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    Good Morning

    I love this back pack and I would like to make one. Is there a pattern link on here I’m missing? I can’t find one anywhere.

    Thank you

    • Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      No, I’m sorry Scottia I haven’t published this pattern yet. I’m still thinking about it, maybe this year when I make backpacks for my kids!

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