If there is a theme for our holiday season so far, we've been all about Projects. The boys are at such a fun age--old enough to get through a project from start to finish without getting bored or thoroughly stressing Mama out because of the mess, yet young enough that they still want to hang out at home with said Mama and make stuff. Our advent calendar has been a huge success, much to my pleasant surprise...The boys excitedly open an envelope each morning, and even the simple things like going for a long bike ride around the neighborhood have been something fun to look forward to each day. I will definitely be improving upon that design for next year...
The boys have enjoyed decorating gingerbread houses,
cutting snowflakes, making cookies and ornaments
(This one came home from Sunshine School last week...proves my point that there is nothing cuter in the world than Preschool Art. He made it out of a switch plate and I love every inch of it!)
We're not done yet, but we've accumulated and gifted some really fun stuff so far. Last week we spent an afternoon making chocolate dipped, sprinkle covered pretzels. We packaged them, tied each package with a bow and the boys have had a great time proudly delivering them to teachers and friends.
On Friday night a wave of inspiration came over me when I stumbled on this tutorial for handmade bow ties.
I whipped up a couple so that the boys could make a fashion statement at our holiday parties this weekend...
They were a huge hit. I really wish I'd discovered this sooner, because they are just too cute...Next year every little boy in my life will receive one for sure!
The other late addition to my assortment of handmade gifts are these yarn wreaths...
I sold several at my craft shows the last few weekends, but some family and friends will be receiving others that I finished up last week. If I'm organized and can find some space in my craft/guest room next year to store them, I hope to build up a little inventory for the Fall 2011 Craft Show Line-Up, or maybe my etsy shop.
I see lots of fun seasonal possibilities with these!
Michelle, if you're reading this before Christmas, stop reading now...My friend Michelle begs me on a regular basis to make hair ties for her. This post inspired me to finally just sit down and make a whole stash...if she doesn't like the fabrics, she can use them as re-usable ribbon for gifts. Genius!
Since I have refused to buy wrapping paper for several years, I'm always looking for ways to wrap gifts using creative, re-usable, and eco-friendly materials. I'm going to keep these in mind for my gift wrapping projects in the future, and might just consider purchasing a large roll of brown kraft paper...the possibilities could be beautiful and eco-friendly too!
But like I said, we're not done yet. The boys and I are off to pick up a few supplies for one or two more projects this week...