I've been waiting to share the few things the family and I made for holiday gifts until after the holidays. I didn't get everything done that I had planned. Oh well. There's always next year. Or birthdays.
This is gonna be quick and to the point with quite a few pictures.
This is a memory matching game with pictures of the family for my almost 3 year old niece. I saw the idea in a Joann's flier. This took so much more time than I had imagined it would. I printed the pics on card stock, cut them to size (2 1/2 x 3), then cut the printed card stock to size, glued them to the backs, and then hard laminated it at Kinko's. If I ever do this again, I'm buying the 8 1/2 x 11 printed card stock and printing the pictures on the back. It would take some more fiddling on the computer with the sizing, etc, than I did for this, but it would cut down on all the trimming and gluing and make the laminating easier. The funky laminating machine at Kinko's did not like the double layer of card stock.
And a little canvas bag to carry it in. I cheated a bit and cut apart an old canvas tote, so I wouldn't have to do the casing. It made it extra easy. I just stitched the ribbon under the casing, sewed it up on the sides, and then pulled the ribbon through and fixed up their ends.
This is a portable chess/ checkers game I made for my nephew. I saw this idea on Bird and Little Bird, but she saw it on i heart linen. This was my first time to actually piece fabrics and quilt them. This was a perfect little beginning quilting project. I loved making this. It was all pretty easy and it was very satisfying when it was done. The pieces are just little wooden discs from Joann's that the kids painted and then I drew my versions of the chess pieces on them with a fine point Sharpie.
And of course a little carrying case for his game. I stamped his name on with acrylic paint. I loved doing that, too. Also very satisfying. This was my first time to put in a zipper, too. There have been a lot of firsts here. I'm showing my inexperience.
This is a chihuahua painting that the boys and I worked on for my aunt. Ben started it, but it wasn't going the way he wanted it to, so he let Max take over. He finished it up, but wanted me to do the face, so I did. I really like the way it turned out and so did my aunt.
Dani made me these amazing crocheted earrings. I can't imagine how tiny the hook must be.
My cousin, Katie, made me this awesome paper cut out of my boys. It's so cute! I love Max's curly hair and the sun and the microphone so much.
And Lee won this: