There’s a coworker I talk to once in awhile. He’s an old fashioned sort, possibly in his 50s (haven’t asked), and loves to reminisce. This man opened up the world of adoption to me. Over five years ago, he and his wife endured a looong process to adopt. Their baby girl came from Russia and each picture he shows off, shows the happiest cutie-pie ever. She’s inquisitive, very imaginative, and quick to learn.
He told me one day that she loves foxes and bats. I perked up at this because I like them as well and it isn’t often that I heard about little girls loving bats, lol. He and his daughter would go out onto the porch and watch the bats swoop down near the light poles to capture bugs. This particular story inspired me to create something for her to remind her of those memories; a little gift that she’ll hopefully keep even onto her teens.
At first I thought I’d make a bangle bracelet but the idea evolved into a necklace with a realistic bat hanging from it. And since Halloween wasn’t too far off at the time I started the project, I decided to add-on the cutest, tiny bat wristlet (note: I did not make this though I wish I did, lol) I had ever seen during my Amazon search for a bat pendant.
The wristlet will go perfectly with her Gothic dress she’s wearing this Halloween 😀 and I designed the necklace to wear whenever she wished using lighter colors that aren’t strictly Halloween-themed. I made the stars myself using clay and baked them. I then layered them with coatings of snowy-white glitter and sealant. I had bought the blue beads and chain links ages ago, but had only used them once before until this project. The ombre ribbon, I got on sale at Michaels Arts & Crafts store.
Using my graphic design skills I quickly conjured up a little package design for the necklace before giving him the gifts. I added my website should they ever wish to get back in touch with me for any future trinkets after I move. He hugged me and thanked me for the gifts. He said she’ll love ’em and I hope she will.
I asked him or his wife to take a pic of when their daughter sees them. I don’t expect her to squeal with glee, lol, but I’m hoping she’ll smile. I mean, I always smile when I see cute things *shrugs* 😛