Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Homemade Christmas Gifts

This year I didn't have many plans for making Christmas gifts, but I really wanted to do something. Thanks to a suggestion from my friend, Stephanie. I bought the book, Wee Wonderfuls, and LOVED it. 
I picked out three projects - one that I thought would fit each of my girls - and got sewing. 
I was happy to find that they weren't too much work. I finished in about 4 days and I was just sewing at naps and night time. I varied the patterns a little bit to my own liking and I think they turned out great for my first doll making projects.

CK's ribbon haired doll:
 L's topsy turvey doll (she was the most time intensive because of a lot of hand sewing):
 And C's Ellie bag (I added a ribbon bow to the back):
By far my favorite gifts to give the girls....and they actually like them.
Oh! and the best part, I just used extra fabric/supplies I already had so they were priced just right.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gingerbread Cookies (delicious!)

I made gingerbread cookies today with the girls. They were so good that I had to post a link to the recipe. I followed it exactly except I omitted the black pepper. That just didn't sound like something I would want in a cookie. 
Try it. It was so easy. 
While the dough chilled, we read a couple of great gingerbread stories:
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett 
The Bakers Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale retold by Aaron Shepard