Is this not the cutest thing!? Ellen from The Reign of Ellen made these for her boss for Christmas. It's inspired me to make a chess or checker set of my own someday. Check out The Reign of Ellen blog. She's a stay-at-home mom and artist. I love her insights.
Feeling much better this week, I finally finished a project, during Anna's naptimes, that has been hanging over my head for years now.
About four years ago, I promised to make my boss a chess set for a Christmas present. I even let him pick out the theme. Of course, he had to go and pick something as complicated and non-girlie as World War I. Sigh. I was thinking circus-themed or Princess Bride-themed. Along those lines. Whatever. It was his choice, so I had to do it.
So basically, I've been procrastinating and researching for four years now. I mean, how in the heck do you make a WWI rook? Or even a bishop or queen, for that matter? About a month ago, I gave up and made the decision that it was becoming a checkers set and "you git what you git, and you don't throw a fit." Not a particularly jolly Christmas spirit, but at least it's finished.
Here it is, in all it's glory. I'm pretty proud of it. To solve the "kinging" dilemna, I made little gold Medals of Honor that the wee soldiers get to wear when they are kinged. I also made one of the American G.I.s look like my boss (well, he has glasses, at least.) I hope he likes it.... actually, I hope he hasn't moved to Scotland without telling me. In that case, Anna is getting a cartoon WWI checkers set for Christmas.