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!