Monday, July 18, 2011

Handmade Birthdays

It's probably no surprise that I like to make homemade things to celebrate birthdays. I've made it a tradition for my children to always get a homemade birthday cake. Even when we've needed those store bought sheet cakes for the big bashes, I've made a 2nd cake at home. When it comes to gifts, I like to reuse supplies. Gift bags and tissue paper are perfect for reusing. I know I'm not the only one who does this because I've seen the same bag come back to us before. This year I reused the tissue paper to wrap gifts instead of stuff inside bags. I paired the tissue paper along with a few fabric scraps and ribbon ends. It was really easy to do and it put a extra big smile on the birthday girl's face.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Building a Village

This summer, I am building a village with my kids. No, we're not working for Habitat for Humanity - although, I do love to volunteer for them - we're building with Popsicle sticks! I am having a lot of fun doing this with the kids. The three of us sit down with our piles of sticks and share a couple bottles of school glue. The rest is up to our imaginations! We plan to keep working on the project little by little. At the end of the summer, we'll get together with a few friends and share the creations (others are doing this too). It will be fun to see what each person built and how it will all work together to create one scene. I promise to post the pictures!