There they sat on a shelf: three hand crafted felt boots embellished with fancy trim and old buttons. They were all different with one exception; in each boot was a pencil drawn pair of scissors on construction paper. The construction paper was faded and crunchy like the first mother's day card you made a long, long time ago stored away in box up in the attic. I was glad the drawing was in there. How else would I have known what this fancy felt boot was for?
My imaginary story for their creation goes as follows:
Once upon a time there was a cute and crafty grandma who had always longed to be a high fashion shoe designer.
Alas, her life didn't go quite as she planned.
One day she searched for her special fabric scissors, the ones she always told her ten grandchildren, "Please never ever use these scissors to cut paper or any other thing besides fabric or ribbon in order to keep their blades nice and sharp!"
Then she found them. They were jammed in the pencil jar. Oh dear, she thought, I must make these scissors a special case so that everyone who sees them knows that they are special scissors. She thought about what she should make and then it came to her. Of course! She would design lovely, embellished high boots like the ones she always dreamt of creating except these would be made out of felt and she could use all of the buttons and trims she had collected over the years to give them extra flair.
She was so pleased with herself. She showed her cute little grandma friends at her crafting club and they all convinced her she MUST make these and sell them at the next bazaar because surely others needed to protect their special scissors too! As for the scissor drawings? Well, she asked one of her grandchildren, the one who liked to sketch and use the fabric scissors to cut out her paper creations, to draw pairs of paper scissors for her to place in each boot. Together they sat at the bazaar and sold all but three of their felt boot scissor holders. It was quite a success.
How lucky for me that I now have one, too!