I had the grand kids a few hours early on Christmas Eve-Eve (we celebrated Christmas Eve two nights in a row!). While we were in the kitchen baking, we somehow got way off track when I taught them how to make a blow up balloon squeal loudly! Then we three got rowdy and ended up rolling on the kitchen floor in laughter. I think we were all super excited about Christmas (and maybe had too many sweet by then, too!)
Jessica & Craig had wrapped all their gifts in brown craft paper. For the tags they had sepia photos of the recipients. The kids absolutely loved this, they didn't have to look for names, but their own faces. These gifts were so pretty!
I made plates of gingerbread cookies, Tex-Mex Snack Mix, bags of candies, mini-gingerbread houses and more to give out to neighbors and friends.
This is one of the small wood cutting boards I made to give out as gifts. I took my Scottie Dog cookie cutter and enlarged the pattern. I cut them out of wood from myrtlewood trees that grow on our property. Did you know myrtlewood only grows in two places on earth? Yes, here in Oregon and in Israel. How cool is that? I wanted to make more of these, but ran out of time, as well our wood wasn't dry enough yet. It takes at least 6 months to really season it well.
This Oregon state shape cutting board was made the same way as the Scottie Dog one above. I have an Oregon state shape cookie cutter that I traced and just enlarged the pattern to the size I wanted. These cutting boards were one of my favorite crafts this year, right up there with my gingerbread house decorating party! More on that next post!
Have a great weekend.
May you have 2012 blessing this year!
(Linked with Cindy's My Romantic Home Show & Tell Friday here.)