Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's a bird! It's a plane! No...no...it's just Papa...

Aren't you just the LEAST bit curious what the heck I'm talking about?  This week we delve into the process of making a gift for my dad.  So, Dad, I know you probably don't read all my blog posts.  BUT, if you are reading this - this is NOT the week to start.  No reading beyond this point.

Alright, here we go.  This year, I have decided to make my dad the most amazing, meaningful gift that I could possibly thing of.  A superhero cape.  Yep.  You read right.  I'm not kidding, either.  For those of you who don't know my dad, it would be hilarious to see my dad in a cape.  Upon meeting Dad, he seems to be a quiet, serious, and (to his kids at least), maybe a little stern.  Being a dutiful teenage daughter, I thought him quite straight-laced when I was growing up.  Well, ever since the girls were born, it has become increasingly apparent to me that he will do almost anything for them.  They have him wrapped around their fingers and I love it!  Also, it has come to my attention that my teenage-view of my dad may not have been 100% accurate. Go figure.  He has quite the sense of humor.  Over the past couple of years a family inside joke has emerged.  I'm pretty sure it started when Mom would acknowledge that Dad was correct about something and Dad would say, "I know.  I'm awesome."  And thus he became not just awesome but AWESOME.  I think we hear this phrase at least once every time we are over at their house.

Ever since I started making superhero capes to sell on Etsy, my mom has jokingly told me that I should make one for Dad because he is awesome.  Over the span of a couple of months, this idea has cemented itself in my brain.  And here we are.

Dad is now officially awesome.  He has a cape to prove it.

Now, I wanted to make this cape really special AND I wanted to include the girls in the making of it.  So I bought white muslin for the backing of the cape and had the girls put hand prints all over it.

As my husband helped the 1 year old put her hand prints on, it was a family project.  Now the cape is personal and something that I know my dad will love and cherish (as odd as it sounds).

I initialed one of each of the girls' hand prints so that they could be identified in years to come and dated it.  Done!  One superhero cape for my awesome Dad. :)

PS: I insisted that my husband model the cape because it is WAY too big for the girls to model.  He refused (and I mean emphatically refused) to model it out in our backyard in case one of the neighbors should see him.  So this is the best I could get.

PPS: I sell custom-made super hero capes in my Etsy shop.  They are great for boys and girls alike and make great Christmas or birthday gifts!  Here are some pictures of capes I have made.

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