I purposed, before the birth of my daughter, to be the kind of mom I'd long wanted to be. At all costs. Unbeknownst to her, my daughter had thrown me a challenge. I needed to use my God-given talents and life's passions to be productive while still working around her needs and her schedule. Here are some daily adventures and small successes.


Handmade Christmas: Almost all wrapped up!

Week 9. Can you believe it? Christmas is practically here! No matter how early I start planning, it always does seem to come up out of nowhere.

We've been running ourselves ragged around here drinking mulled cider, zapping channels for the best pre-bedtime Holiday movie...generally keeping busy with all things Christmas.

Last weekend, we busied ourselves making wrapping paper. I love the look of brown kraft paper. Add a little white and red, and I'm swooning. My six year old was a willing recruit to help make this dream a reality.

Off to the dollar store to get us some brown kraft paper, and we came across some foam stampers in a Christmassy theme. "Wonderful," I thought to myself, "I was thinking I'd be carving potatoes, but this is just the time saving trick I need for wrapping paper 101." Perhaps we'll do potato stamps next year.

The dining room was converted into a makeshift workshop, and off we went...

A little glitter every few noses. Why not?

Never satisfied with just one kind of anything (least of all wrapping paper), we switched gears. Using a rolling stamp, I covered the paper in these charming little homes. And everyone got colouring.

No need to colour every house. And no need to make them perfect. Though daddy did get into it pretty good. Wouldn't you love to live in this 2 dimensional darling of a decked out house?

(That would explain why it took dear old dad an hour to colour 6 houses.)

And it wouldn't be Christmas paper without a light dusting of snow...

Dream come true.

This was the epitome of a whole-family crafting experience. I dare say that, if your kiddies are old enough to get a little paint on them, they're old enough to help out on this one. As for us, we've found a new annual tradition, no question.


  1. I LOVE this! Love it! the glittery noses, and the snowy houses - so cute! And yay for dad getting in on the action :)



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