I lost my first tooth in a game of Monopoly, eating a pretzel. My dad had just finished explaining that while he’d graciously lent me the money I needed to keep from going bankrupt, I now owed him 10% interest on that loan.
Thus I was ushered on my journey into adulthood.
While my father was busy showing no mercy to a six year old, my mother was busy being the Tooth Fairy. She hand-drew and cut out a delicate fairy on pink construction paper, decorated it in glitter and sequins, and wrote (in the Tooth Fairy’s own hand) a little note telling me how proud and grateful she was to have a healthy, strong, new tooth to add to her castle.
When I awoke in the morning, the tooth I had so carefully placed under my pillow was gone. In its place was a single quarter and a beautiful note signed, with love, the Tooth Fairy.
Well, I don’t have that quarter anymore, but I still have that note.
The shape, genus, and species of the Tooth Fairy is different around the world. I got a note, some children get a dollar, some children go outside and bury their teeth in the ground, or throw them over a roof. Is the Tooth Fairy building a house? Making a tooth garden? Doing scientific testing on radioactive fallout? Is the Tooth Fairy a god or spirit that can be appealed to for straighter, stronger, adult teeth? It depends on who you ask and where they live. Frankly, we have no idea if she is mouse or ghost or fey. We have no idea what she does with these teeth, or why she really wants them.
But for every baby tooth lost, there she is – a ritual apparition commemorating the transition from childhood to adulthood. Amidst the changing tides, amidst changing notions of family, what remains ever-present is the value of loving and supporting our children as they come of age.
Much like the Tooth Fairy, the art of needlepoint has also grown and evolved over the years. The tireless imagination and creativity of new stitchers has inspired us to create art that is not only decorative or ornamental, but also functional. Our masterpieces are the finishing touches that turn a house into a home. Our side projects add flair to fashion and sentiment to style. We finish canvases into pillows, frames, trays, boxes, belts, jackets, purses, pendants, keychains, and so much more!
One of my favorite mashups of tradition and contemporary design are Tooth Fairy pillows.
Sunday, August 22nd is National Tooth Fairy Day. If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate that precious little one in your life, check out our selection of adorable Tooth pillow canvases. These canvases, designed for all different types of children have a main design and a little pocket to hold teeth until the Tooth Fairy can come collect them.
The average child has 20 baby teeth to lose. Each loss represents another moment we have to show up and be present for a child in our life. A chance to recognize the universal truth that growing up is difficult – whether you’re 7 or 57. Letting go of precious things to make way for new growth is one of the biggest struggles we face as human beings. As stitchers, we show love and offer service by spending countless hours challenging ourselves to create gifts of the heart that are meaningful as well as beautiful.
Remember, most kids begin losing teeth around 6 years old— it never hurts to plan ahead!
These pillows are a great way to create something lasting and relevant for your son or daughter, niece or nephew, granddaughter, grandson, godchild, or even your favorite adult recovering from recent oral surgery.
Thank you to all the Tooth Fairies out there who have shown up and continue to show up for the next generation of little humans!
May we continue to find creative ways to share our of love of this rich tradition with our most precious loved ones;
May the next generation always find comfort and solace in the love we craft for them.
—Stephanie at The Needlepointer