My oldest and my baby girl each had an aunt and decided to work together, which was wonderful for me since they were able to do these crafts together without much help. We searched the internet and my 10 year old decided to try these sugar scrubs from Christine at Great Oak Circle. They chose to make the Vanilla Almond and Peppermint scrubs and, it was easier than baking cookies.
We decided to add some red sugar sprinkles to the peppermint scrub to give it a more pepperminty look. And, I did send a question to Christine about the amounts in the Vanilla Almond scrub. She got back to us right away with a great tip. She advised combining the dry ingredients, then adding the olive oil a little at a time to ensure it doesn't get too oily. I was lucky enough to be asked to test the scrubs, they both smell wonderful and my hands haven't been this soft and smooth in a long time.
Then, they made some lip balm using Renee's tutorial on Fimby.
We'll be making more of this as soon as we can find some little
tins. I'm pretty sure this will be going into every gift we give this year and
we'll need plenty for ourselves too. We all loved it.
The boy had a favorite cousin for the exchange and he had no trouble
at all deciding to create a series of 4 books for her. They were
titled, Knights and Dragons, Ogres and Dungeons, Knights and Castles and Princesses and Princes, and they read like guides, "These
are two knights fighting. They are training for battle school. They
will be very, very tough knights and this castle has very, very sharp
swords so they might always win the battle." Too cute.
He started writing books this way after watching How to Train Your Dragon and reading the book.
I love that he wrote about one of his favorite subjects, but that he put a lot of thought into including things he thought his cousin (a teenage girl) would like too, it
wasn't all swords and battles. At one point I heard him exclaim, "I need
more glitter for my princess!" and couldn't help but smile. (That's her
pet bird dragon that breathes fire and protects her, on her shoulder)
I'm pretty sure everyone enjoyed
the gifts we made, I know we had fun making them and we all loved the craft gifts we received. What an fun start to the crafting season, there is still so much more to be made in the next few weeks. So, what's on your holiday crafting