And this was our take on a lamp shade. I used napkins, cut them into bird shapes and glued a single layer onto the shade with diluted PVA. I then embroidered little details onto the lamp shade as well.
It’s the time of the year when we start talking about presents… expecially as two of our children have their birthdays in November, so by the time we’re done with presents and partyplans etc, it’s nearly time for advent calendars and all the christmas
stress fun to begin. Every year I decide to give really personal gifts and preferably make most of them myself as well as remember to post a family letter with all the cards that I’ll send out in the beginning of the month (!) erm, usually I fail at most of the above and we end up staying up late on the last day of November wrapping a gazillion little advent calendar gifts, the christmas cards are sent out AFTER christmas and the family christmas letter ends up being a family new years letter and only gets sent out to half of the family, as I never get around to translating it (half the family is Danish and half is English). This year I’m planning on being slightly less ambitious in an attempt to make failure a little less likely! I do want to send out cards, but I think they’ll be done as a family home evening activity in November and there will be no christmas family letter, but just possibly a post on the family blog (a rare occurance in itself!) around that time. Advent calendars will be just that… four presents for each child -one each on the four Sundays of advent rather than 72 smaller ones! (Just thinking about finding and wrapping that many makes my palms sweaty!)
As for the christmas presents, I still like the idea of making a few myself. There are some really good ideas around on the internet. Here’s one by Jesicca from Running with scissors that I really like (and which my boys would love):
My Playdogh recipe as promised. It provided hours of fun (read peace;-b) and on Saturday, when we needed a screwdriver for the weird screws on our patio roof, I used a bit of the home-made clay to make an imprint that I took to the shop, in order to get the right screwdriver, how’s that for a versatile material:-)
1 cup (250 ml) plain flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water with food colouring in
1 teaspoon vanilla (to make it smell nice, can be omitted)
Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat until it comes together and starts to form a ball. Allow to cool, then knead until smooth and PLAY!
Update: I meant to add that here in Denmark, you CAN get cream of tartar… it’s called Vinsyre. I never thought you could and imported a tub from England now and then. But then the rest of you are probably smarter than me and knew all along…
It’s the last day of school before the Danish “Autumn holiday” begins and right on cue the lawn was all sparkly and frosty when we got up this morning and judging by the temperatures as the kids left for school, those snowsuits will be in use before the end of next wekk brrrr. I can’t believe that earlier this week, I was folding up summer dresses and shorts that the kids wore just last week!
But in spite of the low temperatures, the sun is out, making everything look beautiful and the autumn coloured leaves are glowing. My husband has to work next week, so we’ll probably be staying home most of the week. That of course calls for lots of fun crafts and activities and actually I can’t wait. My children are aged 20 months, 6 and 8, and there is one girl and two boys, so the crafts have to be quite varied. Also they have to be -you guessed it -cheap or free! Some of the activities on my mental list for next week are:
Bring on any kind of weather, we’ve already stocked up on hot chocolate and snow suits.