Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a lovely and relaxing holiday!
This year I continued a tradition I started last year of making some of the gifts for Sydney for Christmas. You can see what I made for her last year in this post. This year I only did two things since I got a bit of a late start on projects (yes, I’m blaming this on the horrible morning sickness again!), but I had a lot of fun working on them!
The first project was making some felt food. I had seen so many adorable examples through Pinterest that I just couldn’t resist! Although I wanted to make everything I saw, I kept it just to some classic breakfast foods to get started: bacon and eggs!
I used the pattern and tutorial from here. And since Sydney has a set of plates and silverware for 4, I made 4 strips of bacon and 4 fried eggs. The best part? She wasted no time setting up a “Happy New Years breakfast party” in her new tent with some of her favorite stuffed animals as soon as she opened her felt breakfast foods this morning!
The second gift I made for her is really more of a makeover than a real DIY project. I’ve been wanting to get her a dollhouse for a while now but wasn’t sure what kind/size to get. I finally landed on this bookcase-style one from Target:
The only problem with this one? The pink. So. Much. Pink. I have nothing against pink in small doses, but this was just too much. Plus, my little girl’s favorite color is blue. So I went down to my paint stash and found some leftover paint from another project and transformed the pepto palace into a more soothing icy blue abode:
The idea behind this gift is that this little house is something that the kiddo and I can work together on in the coming years. Thus, as much as I wanted to buy a ton of furniture for it and decorate all of it, I thought it would be more fun to do it over time…just like our real house! However, it did look a little stark with no decoration at all, so I added a bit of scrapbook paper to serve as some wallpaper and to add a bit of color:
I’m happy to report that Sydney was pretty darn exited when we brought this out this morning–along with two Maileg Mice we got to live in the house (we got a big sister and a little sister, but hope to add some parents into the mix at some point!). Her first comment? “They need beds!” I was so happy that she was already thinking about what the little house needed! So we went upstairs and she built some beds out of duplos, and I found some scraps of fabric to use as blankets, and she tucked the little sisters right into bed for a Christmas nap:
By later in the day (post-photo shoot) she and DH had already built a table and chairs, a garage, some living room furniture, and two toilets. According to my kid, apparently both of the mice were sick so when I went over there my little girl proudly showed me they each had their heads in the toilet; it was so weird. But still so sweet!
So that’s the handmade Christmas update for 2015. Did you make any projects this year for Christmas? Or are you more of a mall shopper? Or a do it all in one night online in your pajamas type?