My little girl lost her first tooth! It's been woobley for a few weeks now and ridiculously wobbley on the weekend. So I pleaded with her to keep it in her head until I was done whipping up a loose tooth cozy to help the tooth fairy to find it (of course, the Tooth Fairy is pretty wiley at finding teeth under kids' pillows but let's make things a little easier for the busy lady!).
Edie told me she'd try her best and then that evening I was reading on the couch while I was waiting for her to get into bed so we can read the next chapter of Ramona the Pest when I heard this sproing! And then the wail; "Maaaaa-maaa!". I knew by the sound effects what had happened. When I walked into her room I saw a mildly traumatized little girl, pointing at her face crying that her tooth flew out while she was flossing and it felt weird. Thank goodness for Rescue Remedy. I know it helps me with the trauma of things, namely children, come sproing-ing out of my body.
So we put the sweet, perfect tooth away in my studio buying me one more night to quickly needle felt away on the tooth pouch that will rest on the door handle, cradeling the first evidence of her shedding her child form. Crazy! I never cried when my kids were born like I thought I would but seeing the first tooth erupted I lost it. With the lost of this tooth I didn't bawl like I was imagining I would but I did get somewhat misty eyed.
As for the pouch, I used the instructions from this book I've had for eons. Edie was always enchanted by the picture of it in Complete Feltmaking which happens to be perhaps my favorite ever felting how to book. So sweet, the fairy's bag is where the tooth/goods transaction happens.
And the goods? Lady Tooth Fairy slipped in a looney, a tooney and a teeny weeny crystal angel (for internationals readers, a looney= $1; tooney=$2). What to do with all this hard, cold cash now? We haven't officially introduced the concept of money to her yet so I saw this a fitting opportunity to bring Miss Piggy the Bank into her life. I found her this weekend while having Momma time in an antique shop. While I was dusting her off when I brought her home I explained to Edie we will put these special gifts into Miss P the B until she is full, then we will undo the secret latch under her belly (aka as packing tape), count out the coins and she may spend the money as she wishes. Or put it away in a grown up bank for something uber special; whatever she wants. Pretty sweet, she ran off and grabbed the toonie that was tucked into a Halloween card from Grandpa and Grandma, and slipped it in too. And then placed Miss Piggy the Bank in the perfect spot on top of her dresser. Everything's magic like that in a little girl's world!