Most of you know that I'm not a girly person. I don't do ruffles and don't think all little girls are or ought to be princesses. I mostly don't do Disney (although I remember crying when Bambi's mother died.) I think little girls should be able to paint abstracts or self-portraits or animals or fish or mountains or bugs; they should be read all kinds of books including poetry, and eventually they should be encouraged to read every book in the house and the library and on the Kindle. I think they should collect rocks and chase lizards and learn to swim and knit and make tents out of blankets in the back yard or under the dining room table (and sleep in them). They should learn to sing and dance and to yodel. So should little boys, but that's another rocking chair.
So I had a collection of fabrics in chartreuse with pink and purple flowers. I made a patchwork piece for a chair cushion, which I'll back with some purple linen remnant fabric. That started the juices flowing; one of my favorite fabrics features brightly colored lizards (salamanders, geckos, iguanas, some I can't name) dwelling amid jungle leaves. I checked with the grandparents to be sure lizards won't offend anybody and got the go-ahead.
Seen from the front with a red and pink salamander--the child's name is to go in the upper left area but I'm nervous about the lettering. Not my strongest skill. I might use that nice fern stencil on one of the chair arms also.
Once the paint has cured for a few days I'll coat the chair with clear acrylic and finish and attach the cushion. Then Thanksgiving with family and later, Christmas decorating. I haven't put up decorations for a couple of years so I'm looking forward to it. And the house painting will be done (and the new quilting machine will arrive). It will be a fine holiday season.