Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!


I am off to enjoy Christmas.

However, as of this moment, this is the status of my day:

  • 5 gifts need to be wrapped
  • 1 gift needs to be air-dried in secret
  • One tray of bars needs to be frosted
  • A lot of groceries need to be bought
  • The treadmill beckons 
  • I want to somehow also watch the entire Season 2 of Arrow
  • Dinner needs to be made 
  • Packing needs to happen for a trip out of town
  • The lefse needs to be apportioned into For Us To Eat and To Bring To Share
  • One child's library books need to be picked up.

So much to do, right?

So naturally, I'm blogging instead.


Let me share that I made one child a cardboard kit last night. I am very excited because it is a bit of an epiphany. See, cardboard toys are the best, and making them is even better, but sometimes the squaring and measuring, not the mention the cutting and hacking, can be beyond a kid's capabilities. Especially if it's good cardboard that takes more than scissors to make a dent in.

So when the child in question came to me some weeks back with a youtube video of a cardboard thing she wanted to make, which took 5 minutes to assemble (according to the video) but about 5 hours to prep, excluding overnight drying (conveniently omitted from the video), I had my epiphany.

For Christmas, I made her a cardboard kit, containing all the pieces she needs to follow those misleading 5 minutes of instructions, all pre-cut and labeled and ready to glue. Now to package it (of course in a cardboard box) and draw a fun picture on it, so she knows what it's for and doesn't think it's just random pieces of cardboard. Which I personally think would be an awesome gift in and of themselves, but not all people are as enlightened as I (yet).

Whoo! I should do this more often! Although maybe not the day before Christmas Eve. Maybe next year, with a bit of foresight and better planning. . . 


Like that would ever happen.

Anyway, have a wonderful Christmas, you guys! See you after the break with more zippered -bag tutorials!


  1. Lefse! A woman after my own Norwegian-American heart! Your zipper series was enough to follow your blog, the lefse bit just seals the deal!

  2. Ah! Cheerful chaos is the best!

  3. Thank you for projects ideas and tutorials, I really enjoy them. Happy holidays to you and your family! :)

  4. You're a genius. Can't wait to see how the end product turns out post assembly. You will post, yes??? Merry Christmas!!

  5. Merry Christmas, my friend! All is done here, J&A are home, the fun has begun! Have a lovely time of celebrating with your family!

  6. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work. Merry Christmas!

  7. I admire your energy, as always! Happiest of holidays to you and yours, LiEr! :)

  8. 1. Yummmmmmmm lefse!!
    2. The kit idea is genius! It could even be done for a little sewing project, especially for a 4-year-old who can't quite yet manage the fabric scissors reliably. oooooh, the possibilities!

    natalie (QSOgirl) from Vegetablog

  9. P.S. Merry Christmas to you, too!!!

  10. Lier, you crack me up. You take parenting to a whole new level of awesome.


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