Friday, 15 July 2011

The end of an era

When I was little I loved going to Brownies. I could hardly wait for my seventh birthday, and I remember Brown Owl coming to visit us at home a few weeks before I was due to start to tell me what Brownies was like and how much fun we would have. And the badges - how I wanted an armful of badges. Unfortunately I didn't mange to muster the energy to actually put in the work to get that armful but that's another story.

Tall Small has been a Brownie for nearly 2 years, and Tiny Small will be joining her pack in September, which is very exciting.


But it also means she has has to leave Rainbows.

Rainbows has been FAB. She has had a wonderful 18 months, been on endless trips, played lots of games and learned to sing silly campfire songs, and she is very ready to move on. This is all down to her wonderful leaders, and to say thank you she has been making presents for them. First up was the polymer clay rainbow on a stick with a potted plant, which will also be the basis for our teacher gifts this year (note to self - let the clay cool down before inserting bamboo skewer or it might crack). I let go of my desire to tidy it up - this was her present for her leaders, and it is what it is.


The other thing she made were shrinkie keyrings - we made these for the teachers last year and they were well used. Children can design these themselves to suit the personality of the teacher they're giving them to, and you or they can add beads or leave them plain. They take only as long to make as the child wants them to, and most importantly they are used - and that means a lot to us.

15 comments:

  1. ooh we might need a shrinkie tutorial.... it looks exciting!

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  2. What fabby gifts! I'd love to make shrinkies, but you need to beat at least one of my offspring with a stick to do any creative stuff these days. Pah.

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  3. What lovely gifts! Might have to show them to Minx - she would LOVE to make some.

    Minx started at Guides a few months ago and she adores it. I resigned from Brownies before my tenth birthday!

    xxx

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  4. Can you believe how much the uniform has changed since we were Brownies? I was a Sprite! I'll always remember that. My niece, Jasmine, loves Brownies too. I'll show her your gifts.

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  5. How lovely.
    We are sad here, as our local brownie pack has just closed. No-one wanted to take over from the leaving Brown Owl.

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  6. What fabulous gifts. She obviously inherits her mum's creative talents. I loved Brownies too... but never made that armful of badges either.

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  7. Can't beat a bit of shrinky dinking - very creative! My daughter loves Brownies too - especially the events and camps.

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  8. I know a certain someone around here who would be mighty pleased with those rainbows...

    (I have a magazine for you. It has been sitting here for probably two weeks. Picture me hanging my head in SHAME.)

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  9. What perfect pressies! Having been a Rainbows leader, I can say that a thank you at the end of the year really does mean so much.

    And I was completely badge obsessed as a Girl Scout to the point where I needed multiple sashes to hold them all. But I never did manage to match my mum and her astonishing total!

    K x

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  10. I loved Brownies too - especially the badges and the special belt with 2p for making emergency phone calls! Lovely presents! Lucy xx

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  11. Oh end of era moments like this make me weepy (and not just when it's my own two children). I bet Tiny Small is very excited to join her big sister at Brownies but for you it's an all too clear reminder of how quickly they're growing. I've got one of these moments looming on friday at 2pm when Amy leaves her junior school for the last time - I'll be in a right state by 2.15!

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  12. ps: got so carried away I forgot to congratulate Tiny Small on her wonderful rainbows and teacher gifts - she's a chip of the block Val!

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  13. YEY! Shrinkies! They look fab. Well done, Tiny Small. I'm sure she'll love Brownies and will have no problems at all with the crafty badges :-)

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  14. It's clear the whole family has talent. The gifts are so cute, and it's fun to think back on my Brownie days (but we didn't have Rainbow first - just started life as a Brownie).

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  15. I second Jodie's request for a shrinkie tutorial. What lovely gifts. My daughter loved Rainbows too - it was wonderful. But she hated Brownies, so it all ground to a halt at that point :( Good luck to your youngest in her guiding career :) xx

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