Christmas crafting

The process of crafting presents this year did have its fraught moments but I consider it pretty successful in that the results were good and the boys saw it through.  Lucas nearly abandoned it when two of his beautiful fimo decorations were burned but he rallied and did needle felt instead.  Anton had his bah humbug moments but Oscar told him Santa wouldn’t come and then I told Oscar off but Anton still made some salt dough decorations just in case.

As usual I found some great ideas for presents after we’d finished but they will have to wait until next year.  I have a friend who is carrying on making presents through January to avoid the panic in December and I can see where she’s coming from.

THE PROCESS…

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Oscar juggling with cooking bowls while making his fortune cookies

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Lucas trying not to stab his fingers while needle felting

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It’s not just Santa that wears a hood.  Cornflour and glitter glue combine to make a very messy kitchen.

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Dancing breaks out.

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Concentration.

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THE END RESULTS

PRESENTS THAT OSCAR MADE

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Grandad’s scarf which took several days of finger knitting and a lot of sewing up!  Ahhh!

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A scabbard for Anton’s sword

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Fortune cookies for Granny and Umpa and another packet for Uncle David.

PRESENTS THAT LUCAS MADE

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A needled felted Umpa jumper keyring for Umpa and an owl keyring for Granny from Lucas.

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An owl decoration from Lucas for Grandad.

ANTON’s SALT DOUGH DECORATIONS

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For Grandad and Uncle David.

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For Granny (He painted the overall colour and drew the letters over my pencil marks and I added a bit of pattern to them)

AND OSCAR AND LUCAS MADE

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A beautiful, personalised jigsaw for C which we spray painted and then they drew their own pictures over the lift out shapes and coloured them and then we added pictures of all the boys, Grandad and C underneath the shapes.  We varnished the end result.  It was a true mammouth labour of love which took weeks to finish in it’s various stages but we were all so pleased with it and C seemed to be too!

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(Oscar did the knight, toadstool and bat and Lucas did the monkey, snake and parrot).

And Dante misunderstands the idea of Christmas decoration

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