early last week, i posted a list of projects i wanted to do with the boys to keep busy while we waited for christmas. and while we didn't get all of them done, we did take on a few. most of these are winter-y enough that you could sneak them in this week if you've got kids who need something to do.
the most popular? the melting snowman cookies. now, ours don't look as good as theirs, and to be honest, i didn't even follow their directions (those, ahem, *might* be related). we used break and bake cookies rather than make our own. and we simply cut the marshmallows in half instead of melting them down. and we skipped the scarves because there really wasn't enough room between their faces and their mini m & m buttons. they were still the hit of the dessert table at christmas.
we also made tags for our christmas presents. it may be too late for christmas tags, but you could use this idea for thank you notes. i gave alex and ben my button drawer and made one snowman tag as an example, and they took it from there. i love what they came up with.
and last but not least, snowman ornaments. i saw the original version on under the sycamore (ps : don't click that unless you have a couple hours to kill. it's a seriously inspiring site!), but tweaked them a little bit. i wanted to be able to make them for my mom and grandma, and *didn't* want to make 9 (3 ornaments x 3 kids) of them. each boy contributed a finger print, and then we painted in the snow on the bottom. they picked the color and shape of their hat and decided what else they wanted to do to dress their snowman up.
i also wanted to share an article i wrote for the fiskars website - first quarter cards. i love the idea of sitting down and creating a group of cards that will carry you through the next few months, & this would be another project that would be fun to share with your kids.
i started this project by putting together a kit of items (i've gotten a little kit addicted, wonder why??). this made the process a lot less overwhelming than if i was pulling out a new set of supplies for every card. there's some studio calico pp (atmosphere & window seat), some dear lizzy glittered pp & fabric paper, and american crafts mixtape. i tried to pull items that had a mix of textures and colors. i used the tools here on every card, but added others as i needed them.
this one's my favorite. =) love that mixtape - it punches so easily. this will be my last article for fiskars - after 3.5 years of punching, i've stepped down from the design team. i'm going to miss everyone there, but it was time for me to take a different direction. i'm looking forward to some new opportunities in 2011. ;)
oh! a quick heads up. i posted about the current 2peas discount earlier this week, but they're also doing a year end clearance. some rubs from your very favorite manufacturer are 50% off. love those buttons.
on the homefront, we survived a sleepover night. i'm getting antsy about getting the christmas decorations down, but it looks like it will have to wait for the weekend. my lazy days have caught up to me - i've got to get some scrapping done!