They loved it then, and two years later they still love it. The children had it out today playing with it, the room was actually bright enough for decent pictures, and I figured now was as good a time as any to finally show it.
I hung a curtain rod in the door way and made curtains from some fabric I had on hand. The blue ones just fasten with curtain clips the lower one is actually on a spring rod.
The curtain rod near the ceiling stays up and out of sight all the time and everything else can be put up in seconds and put away without cluttering things up when not in use. My kinda setup.
My childrens' clothing actually hurts my eyes in these pictures. Wow. We are just a bunch of fashionistas over here. Don't hate.
I also made some puppets out of felt, styrofoam, pantyhose, and lots of bits and pieces. We had finished reading Peter Pan and the children were on a Pan kick, so those were the puppets I made.
My favorite thing about Michael is the button bum I gave him. No one can see it but me, but so what.
Do remember, please, that these four have played and fought and flown for two years now, so if their hair is skewed and their clothes a bit ruffled, it is merely a sign that they are well loved.
We happened to already have pirate puppets so I never made those, but wish I would have anyway. They would have been fun.
I also made a Tinkerbell in wee felt folk marionette fashion with a clay sculpted head and wool roving hair. But...um....she long since met her evil fate, no matter how many 'I DO believe in Faeries" were spoken, which is sortof a good thing since she was pretty scary anyway. (Faeries shouldn't illicit nightmares and the poor thing did just that...)
No one quite knows if it is more fun to be on the puppeteering end or the spectating end.
So there you have it.
My children DID get a Christmas present two years ago and they are *still* enjoying it. Can't say that about too many childrens' gifts.