Christmas crafts

Finally a chance to sit down at the computer. I am so happy that it is finally my weekend! The weather this week has really got us thinking about how Canadian we are – who else checks the current road conditions and current weather statements before getting out of the bed in the morning? It was a nice change to not have to clean my car off this morning before work.

Leah learning all about snow shovelling

I didn’t make it to work on Saturday because of snow and road conditions, this unexpected day off thrilled the girls to bits. We spent the morning making an excellent toboggan run in the back yard, followed by a walking trip to the park, where the girls discovered bigger hills and that snow makes the slides a lot shorter.

In the last week or two the weather has gotten colder and snowier. It is hard to spend as much time outside as we do in the summer, so I have been setting up more indoor projects.

Before the real snow came, I made some simple homemade snow for the girls. It is made with 1/2 cup hair conditioner and 2 cups baking soda. It has an endothermic reactions so it really feels like snow, and it packs and kind of rolls up like snow too.

Ava playing the in fake snow
Leah playing in the fake snow

Leah and I made some paper snowflakes to hang in our front hall. These are one of my favourite crafts. They look awesome and really don’t take that much work to make. Link (http://www.craft-craft.net/christmas-ornament-paper-snowflake-tutorial.html) The only thing I change – and it’s merely for ease and time – instead of glue I use staples.

Leah and I making paper snow flakes
Finished!
Snowflakes hanging in the hall

We got the tree up! The girls love helping me dig out all the decorations and put everything on. It is one of my favourite things to share with the girls. I remember going out with my mom to harvest all the evergreen for wreaths, swags, and garlands and the house would be filled with the fresh smells of pine, cedar, and fir.

Starting to get the lights on the tree
All done!

The one other project we did in the last couple weeks was making borax snowflakes. Theses were a simple craft that we could do all together and watch as the crystals formed on the pipe cleaner. I mixed 1/3 cup of borax to 2 cups of water, I tried boiled water and just the hottest water out of the tap and both worked effectively, I found the tap water to work a bit faster.

Pipe cleaner snowflakes
Snowflakes soaking in the borax
Snowflake in the tree!

Its the final week before Christmas! I have sugar cookies to decorate and presents to wrap. I can’t wait to see their smiling faces with the surprises that will be under the tree. I’m hoping to attempt a Buche de Noel. There is a recipe on Pinterest that has been catching my eye for a year or so and perhaps its time to try. The next time I get around to updating this, it will probably be after Christmas and probably after New Years. So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in the New Year!

Leah rolling out sugar cookies

 

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye to Fall.

Well, November disappeared in a hurry. I still can’t believe how nice the weather has been. We spent as much time as we could outside. Leah and Ava really love the trees we have in back yard. Playing in the giant leaf piles we make is so much fun. With the cold weather coming, there are frozen puddles about and the kids love playing with the ice.

Leah playing in the leaves
Leah and Ava in the leaves
Ava rediscovering ice.

In the last couple of weeks we have made some crafts for Christmas. Pinterest is very inspiring; however, we end up with so many little projects and its hard to decide which ones to keep. The kids and I love stretching our crafting skills as each project brings a new challenge. I love the hand print art the best, watching their little hands grow every year. Time goes by just too quickly.  We started working on a new craft for the grandparents for christmas. I can’t give away too many secrets but there are some pictures of before its completed.

Hand print Cardinals
Christmas craft in the making
Christmas craft in the making

We have been rather under the weather the last couple of weeks, so we have been taking it slower. Leah was so sick that her giant stuffed Nessie suffered a flu explosion and never really smelled the same. It was old and looking rather torn so I made her a new one with a slightly modified pattern. Hopefully this one will last a bit longer.

Leah and her new Loch Ness Monster.

Our family grew a little bit this month, we got a new dog! His name is Hawk.  He really enjoys playing with the kids and Ginger.

Hawk
Leah and Hawk playing in the back yard

I got a a couple of christmas photos of the girls this week. I can’t believe that December is here! Time to get that Christmas tree up soon!

Leah and Ava all ready for Christmas.
Santa’s little elves