Naantje - great cards!
jenleahlynn - HA! Love that little mandrake
pottermouth - those elves are freaking creepy!
seeuudee - OK I need to make a crown like that! I have the fabric to make my daughter an Elsa dress!
jillybeans - I know what toddler crafting is like
And the cross-stitch made me giggle. Plus those SHOES!!!!
Acadian Driftwood - that's beautiful satin stitch!
Now onto a big project post.
Finally found an opportunity to post some classes!
Name: The GF deliciousness swap
So some friends and I decided to make a holiday treat swap, which was extra fun because most of them were able to make GF treats so I could have them too! There were 7 of us, so we all made 7 dozen of our treat (1 for everyone plus 1 for home). I made coconut macaroons, half with lemon zest and half plain.
The recipe is here: http://siliconemoulds.blogspot.ca/2012/04/coconut-macaroons-not-macarons-cookie.html
Challenge: BEAN - Mint
Name: Peppermint bath salts
I wanted to do something nice for the ladies at my daughter's daycare, as she loves them and loves going there. So we decided to make some bath salts, as she can help me mix them up! This is new to me as I've never worked with extracts or oils before (besides baking) and I've also never made bath and body products. We bought epsom salts at the dollar store, as well as cute little glass containiers. We poured out the salts and talked about how pretty and shiny they were ("look mommy, snow!") and then added peppermint extract to both and red food dye to half. We mixed them up well with spoons, then layered them into the jars. I hope they like them!
Name: Very posh pyjamas
We have a new tradition we started when our daughter was born - everyone gets to open a new pair of pyjamas Christmas Eve, and we wear them while we snack and watch a Christmas movie (either The Santa Clause or Muppet Christmas Carol). This is my son's jammies, and I just couldn't resist the fabric! I made the pants and stenciled the shirt.
Hubby gets matching jammy pants, and a "Keep Calm and Carry On" shirt. Mine and DD's are going to show up later on.
Class: Headmistress Challenge #1
Name: Tiny elephant and tree
My sister not only has to be away from family this Christmas for the first time, she also (out of the blue, at 24
) recently suffered a stroke in her left eye that has left her partially permanently blind. I can't stand the thought of it, being 3600 km away. Because she may be moving shortly for work she also can't buy any Christmas decorations, since she'd have nowhere to store them. So I made her this tiny elephant to make her feel better, and a tiny tree to decorate her house
Name: Fingerpainted snowflakes
I wanted something the kids could make for their grandparents, but that would be able to be used for years and still look good (because let's face it, 2 year old crafts have a lot of love in them but might not stand the test of time). I found a pin to make snowflake canvases, and I thought it'd work well done with fingerpaints instead of brushes!
It took preparation because I had to make masking tape snowflakes on the canvas before the kids could start, and it took quite awhile since I tried to do it very neatly and evenly. Then we fingerpainted on royal blue, white, and sky blue finger paint, and peeled off the tape. Magic! I'll be putting the kids' names underneath along with the year.
Lastly, my OWL is going pretty well, with just under half the decorations completed on my house.