Friday, December 24, 2010
And they have been playing with it lots. It hasn't spent much time on display because its been on the coffee table getting played with. The girls have been telling the story of the first Christmas over and over using this.
I am going to have a break from the Crisis for a bit over the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and remember why we celebrate this special time.
'And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not:
'Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people,
Unto you is born this day
a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.'
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Spoiler alert: Any family members reading this need to stop reading now and come back after Christmas. Or act surprised when you get one of these from the kids on Christmas. Okay? Good.
Our treat cups are done for this year. What a relief! Almost last minute. Using similar ideas to our previous years treat cups, we used a paper cup as the base. Esther decided we needed to make Christmas trees. I was trying to work out how I could get the right shape for one when I saw a party hat the girls had. I just flattened it out and traced around it onto some sheets of green card.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I can't believe Christmas is only days away. I had a list of things to do and I have gradually been deleting things from that list that I have no hope in getting done. Oh well. It was only extra stuff anyway. Not going to lose sleep over it. Anyway, I thought I would share our tree. The kids decorated it. I am cool with that. I use to get stressed about these things but I can deal with a kid decorated tree for a few years. They won't be kids forever. I love to see what they make. They are starting to get more of their own ideas about how to do things so I think next year will be interesting to see how they do it then.
Our tree is a mixture of store bought decorations that have been strong enough to stand up to the kids 'attention' over the years and homemade decorations. Last year and this year I have bought packets of the cheap baubles from the Reject Shop and gave the girls some permanent markers and glitter glue and told them to decorate. They love it.
We have lots of white card shapes covered in pens and glitter glue. And a really long white and yellow paper chain stuck together with cheap Christmas sticky tape (also from the Reject Shop).
This year, my contribution was a recycled Christmas card circle garland. Seems everyone in blogosphere is making circle garlands and I thought it would be a great way to use up a pile of old cards.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We have a bit of a locust problem around here at the moment. Those little specks in the photo above are locusts flying. It's kind of creepy being in the middle of it when they are really bad but I like to imagine that we are actually in the middle of autumn and those are just leaves. Much easier to cope with than these little things.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I am feeling pretty proud of myself. I have moments like that. This last week I finished and gifted this fabric dolls house. Our friend's daughter turned two while Amelia was in hospital so we missed her birthday. I must admit, I hadn't even given it too much thought before that. What to get for a two year old girl when she is the youngest of four? I remembered the dolls house and thought this would be perfect. This is the fourth one I have made. It is such a great pattern. And if you can cope with handing over all that work, its a great gift too.
The flowers are from lace that was on my mum's wedding dress. I stitched the pink centres.
The dolls house was a big hit with my friend. The little girl figured it out as soon as she took it home and put some things in it to cart around.
Esther and Ellamay didn't want to be left out and so I made them one each too. They chose their fabric. They are using theirs as sewing bags now. They keep their knitting dolls and pom pom makers in there.
I made a barn for my nephew because he had received lots of Fisher Price Little People and Farms animals for his birthday last year. I thought he could take it with him places.
If you would like to make one too, head over to UK Lass in US for the tutorial. They would make a sweet Christmas gift if you could bear to part with it. And if you don't have a ridiculously long list of things to do between now and then!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
You might remember me raving about the Book Depository before because of their great book prices and worldwide free postage and here I go again. I was looking for books to buy the kids for Christmas and I found this one. Christmas things to stitch and sew. I figured since it was cheaper than me buying a magazine and because it looked cute and easy, that was good enough justification to buy it. :-) There seems to be lots of great titles under the Usborne Activities label which I wish I had have found a couple of weeks ago because they would have been perfect for my girls for Christmas. It's too late to get them here on time now. Anyway, here are some of my favourite things out of the book.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
You have probably seen this craft around before. We just used red stickers for their noses though instead of the red pom pom that seems to be popular out there. And the ever useful, double sided tape to stick the eyes on. Ooh, they are watching me :-)