Our X-mas blew past us so quickly! I love Christmas again though. Having a toddler in the house makes gift giving so much more exciting and fun. A gets super excited just finding an orange in her stocking! Here are some random pictures of our holidays- Solstice dinner by candlelight, sledding in Winnipeg and making crafty bubble wrap printed envelopes to wrap our salt dough ornaments in. Enjoy!
A few posts ago, I wrote about making salt dough ornaments as gifts. A and I also created some really cute envelopes to wrap them in. I got this idea from Todd Oldhams “The Modern Kid” book full of art projects. I’ve been renewing this from the library for a few months now because I can’t bare to part with it. While most of the projects are for kids who are old enough to do these independently, I know have a tonne of really awesome ideas backlogged in my brain and will start working on them in the New Year now that X-mas is over.
Using bubble wrap, we cut out various shapes, like stars and triangles. We used our printmaking supplies- block printing ink, brayers and a glass plate. This was A’s first attempt at block printing with the brayers and I think it went really well. I set up an inking station on her art table with two colours, then laid our our table cloth on the floor. I put out craft paper and some coloured laser jet paper and let her get to work. She used the bubble wrap shapes for a bit and then progressed to using her hands. I love turquoise and fuchsia together and was really pleased how the colours looked in this. We used the bubble wrap from the inside of packing envelopes, but the next time I do this (and I have a whole project of baby onesies lined up for this) I will use just plain old bubble wrap as the bubbles seem better formed without any kind of backing.
Once the ink had dried, I cut the craft paper into smaller rectangles and machine sewed the seams. Using a hole punch I folded the top over and punched the holes so that we could put ribbon through them. The packages looked really sweet once we had finished. Fun project to do and now that I know A can handle the brayers, we will probably try some more block printing in the future.
Left overs from our candle light Solstice dinner. I love winter solstice. There is something very reassuring and uplifting both mentally and spiritually in celebrating the return of light. Must of been pagan in an earlier life!
Decorating gingerbread men in Winnipeg with A’s Pops. Just like her mama, A gravitates to the icing more than the cookie!
A showing off her dancing leg warmers and super hero wrist warmers (made from thrifted up-cycled cashmere and mohair sweaters). Since she saw me making these at home, I had to explain that Santa asked for Mommies help in sewing these.
Sledding in Winnipeg- nice weather for once. Above normal temps all during our visit. Hurray!
Pics of the vast, frozen prairie that was once my home. Beautiful and cold.
Nice to be back. Looking forward to the New Years purge. Interested in finding out more? Check out this blog about a minimalist mom from Downtown Van. Can’t wait to get started on ridding our home of unnecessary clutter. Also hoping to finish up some various household projects like the finishing touches on A’s Zero Cost Challenge toddler bedroom make over. Oh the irony- now I’ll have to redo the whole thing to fit the baby in! Also- would like to finish up the entry way that M’s parents so kindly donated their time in patching, sanding and painting for us. And dreaming up a new, more functional sewing space. With closed storage. Got Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces for Christmas and now the upgrading ideas just won’t stop!
Happy New Year!