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MK's keychainYet another dear and special friend of Daughter #2 hit the driving-age milestone, so we worked up this Union Jack keychain for her. We learned that the Union Jack is a superposition of the flags of St. George (for England), St. Andrew (for Scotland) and St. Patrick (for Ireland)–no wonder it is so complicated. The diagonal stripes posed a challenge in needlepoint interpretation, but we think it came out well. As is our way, St. Christopher was added as a passenger.

MK is as old a friend as a 16-year-old can have–the two girls used to nap together in the same crib. The first time I made MK a pillowcase, I asked for her input: what was her favorite color? Rainbow! I made her a pillowcase with tie-dyed–looking fabric, which happily suited MK’s 5-year-old design sensibilities. Several years later, this well-worn pillowcase accompanied MK to sleep-away camp where, during a pillow fight, the cuff with her name was torn from the rest of the pillowcase. I carefully detached the cuff, found new material, and fashioned an updated version.

MK's pillowcaseDaughter #2 and I decided that it was time for MK to have a pillowcase with all new parts. We thought this bright, modern print would be perfect: it matches MK’s room and remains in keeping with her colorful tastes and vibrant personality.MK's 5th bdayHere’s a photo from MK’s 5th birthday–note the tie-dyed tablecloth!

Happy 16th Birthday, Mary Kate!

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