OK, y'all. Here it is. The obligatory Holiday Show and Tell. This year it is short and sweet because we spent most of our time doing rather than making. I really enjoyed the way the advent calendar I made for the girls shifted the focus from Christmas Day and all the presents to what wintery activity each day held for us. I too was swayed by it and did not get caught up in a handmade crafting frenzy, which I must say was really nice.
That said, I couldn't let the holiday slip by without a few handmades. Last year I decided to start making the girls ornaments for each year. My mother did the same for us for many years until she shifted to the store bought ones. I still look forward to the new ornament each year and I can see how the girls are already treasuring their small collections. For my first time around I used a pattern and kit by Alicia Paulson to make these:
This year I figured I could make my own and after mulling over several ideas I came up with these little guys:
My big present for the girls has yet to be photographed since it needs some tweaking. They love using sheets to turn their bunkbed into a fort so I devised a fort covering that ties to the bunkbed, complete with a window and decorative owls (notice a theme here?). It was one of those classic "Mama stays up until 2:30 AM the night before Christmas scraping something together after too much eggnog and port", hence the necessary tweaking. It's pretty cool and I'll try to get a photo soon but it's not nearly as awesome as Papi Chulo's present to them:
Yep, that blurry photo there shows you a happy child about ready to swing on a trapeze which is, yep that's right too, hanging inside our playroom/kitchen. Booyah! Tell me that ain't awesome!
So there it is. 2012's Holiday Handmade Show and Tell. I need to see if that trapeze will hold my weight....