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sunspotted
« on: January 03, 2009 11:52:48 AM »

I'm not sure how stylish this "wrapping" job is, but it is definitely thrifty and uses one of Canada's renewable resources.  Also, I didn't know about this challenge until after Christmas, so the photos are kind of cobbled together from various relatives.  Sorry.

Back story.  I am THAT auntie.  The one who doesn't have kids.  The one who thinks babysitting is fun for exactly half an hour and only with children who speak in full sentences and can wipe their own butts.  And are well rested and not bratty and not hungry and not shrieky and ... I could go on.  I'm also the one who thinks store bought toys are stupid and you should make your own fun out of wood and string.   Grin  So for gift giving I'm apt to hand out craft supplies, books or sporting equipment.  I do get them fabulous things though, so I can buy their affections and I'll have someone to take care of me when I am old and decrepit.  I don't care if they're just doing it to get my money when I die, quite thrifty of them I think.

Anyway, this year, the oldest niece and nephew were getting snowshoes.  Because snowshoes are AWESOME.  And we've had about 600 metres of snow already this year and yes it is snowing right now too. 

Snowshoes being somewhat oddly shaped and difficult to wrap, I planned to sew some bags out of Christmas fabric.  But then I forgot and it was suddenly Christmas morning and the kids were coming over in half an hour and I panicked.  So I called up the brother, told him to make sure the kids were wearing their snowpants and Sorels and I started digging in the back yard.  And came up with this.



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Piles of snow, even those jauntily topped with bows however, are a bit boring.  So I added a yarn maze to follow.  Red for my niece and green for the nephew.  Green doesn't really show up in these pictures though.  Oh well.  It's there, I promise.






The beginning of the maze was the front porch and I made some little Christmas card/tags for each kid. 




Brother forgot the snowpants request of course. 

I don't have a picture with the "presents" opened because there was a tragic boot in snow accident that resulted in my having to carry the niece through the rest of the maze and then balance with her on my lap while she dug in the snow, and then carry her and the snowshoes back through the huge drifts of snow.   And then I needed a drink and a nap and a chance to forget the whole idea.  Nephew cheated and just ran toward the present when he saw it.  Smart little bugger!

Thanks to those who are still reading and Happy 2009 to you all!

P.S.  I'm getting the niece an ice fishing shack for her 7th birthday in February.  Any wrapping ideas for that?
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 12:56:53 PM »

You are the coolest aunt ever!   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 01:02:00 PM »

You are the coolest aunt ever!   Grin

Okay, that's really weird because I was going to type exactly that! Wowza.

Awesome job, sunspotted - can I be your niece, too? I can wipe my own butt and I don't whine too much. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009 02:12:22 PM »

there's two things i love about this- 1) it's ingenious and free and 2) your gifts are practical.  what good is another plastic action figure that someone is just gonna step on and break?  i am terribly jealous that you've had so much snow! 
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009 02:17:52 PM »

that is SO cool. i can't believe you wrapped them in...snow!! i was cracking up when i saw the pictures! such a clever idea, i love how you attached a maze to them.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009 02:50:17 PM »

Your idea is rather brilliant, and I had my first "laugh out loud" for the year!
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009 03:05:18 PM »

Oh Canada......way to upcycle materials sunspotted, thats a beauty idea, eh!!  I love the maze idea as well, you are totally rocking the fun aunt job Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009 11:21:38 AM »

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I am THAT auntie.  The one who doesn't have kids.  The one who thinks babysitting is fun for exactly half an hour and only with children who speak in full sentences and can wipe their own butts.  And are well rested and not bratty and not hungry and not shrieky and ... I could go on.  I'm also the one who thinks store bought toys are stupid and you should make your own fun out of wood and string.

Hello, That Aunt. Let me introduce myself. I am THAT Aunt. Cheesy

That's such an awesome idea...haha I love it!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009 11:36:18 AM »

That's fabulous!  We have enough snow here in Alberta for that, I'll have to remember that for future years, as I have two December babies as well as Christmas!
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009 05:20:35 PM »

Thank you everybody.  We've had about 4 more feet of snow since Christmas, so I definitely picked a good year for snowshoes. 

AQ, consider yourself niece-dopted.  As long as you promise to outlive me and shovel the porch off when I become too old and feeble to do it myself.  Say, next Tuesday or so?
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