I am such a fortunate grandmother because I was able to do projects with my grandchildren when they were small. Well, with the youngest four anyway.
I was not able to do those types of activities with the two older boys, Joshua and Jeremy, when they were little because I was still teaching. They were great appreciators of my miniatures, however, and used to stand on a small stepladder to peer into my McKinley wallhanger house beside the front door and happily checked out the Easter Egg dome and Edsel Feeding the Deer during the appropriate holidays. Those little boys are now young men. The oldest has his Master's and now works in Arlington, VA; the other is married and in his first year of teaching physics and environmental science.
When I think of doing projects with my younger grandchildren, I like to paraphrase the last refrain from an old poem, "Song for a 5th Child" by Ruth Hamilton:
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm playing with my grandchildren and children don't keep.
And now, in 2016, I realize once again how true this is; the kids are all so grown up, involved in so many activities. Joel is 23, with a full-time job, Jenna is 21, studying art in college, Joseph has graduated from Texas A& M and is working in San Antonio, and Laura is a senior in high school! So, on the rare occasions nowadays when it happens that we get together to play, it's more likely to be a movie marathon, as when Joshua, Joy Anna (Jeremy's wife) and Jenna came for a sleepover and we watched all the Harry Potter movies in one weekend.
In addition to the 40 miniature projects shown here, there are probably others that have been part of some other theme throughout this website. For instance, Jenna's Harvest Hutch was done in a workshop with a woman and her two daughters.
You will notice that Jenna has the largest number of projects because she lives in El Paso. Joseph and Laura live elsewhere so their projects were during holiday breaks and on summer visits.
Jenna has said she would like to make dolls, and that is on our agenda when I finally get my workroom reorganization and the purging of my stash finished. Laura was here for the 2014 Mother's Day weekend and went home with a selection of tools and materials to add to the ones she already had. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she wants to continue making miniatures, too, and the next time she comes for a longer visit, we plan to go through the stash for items she can use at her home in future.
So, even though we don't play in the same way now that they are all grown up, they all assure me that not only do they still have their tools and the rolling carts I once gave them for their supplies so long ago, but they remember everything I ever said. They know how to make Nana feel good! lol