This post could also have been titled: What I've been up to ALL weekend.
It was my friend's daughter's birthday this Sunday and we were invited to her party. Our kids are in the same Kindergarten class and we try to get together, along with another friend (and mom) from the same kids class, as often as we can. All three of us LOVE to craft, and love hand made things. So when I received the invitation for her daughter's birthday, it was a no brainer. I was going to make something hand made. But to tell you the truth, with all the crafting I love to do, I've never actually given a hand made present. Well, not since I was a kid, anyways.
I had seen a similar box set on Etsy made by Beccijo, the very talented artist behind The Enchanted Cupboard, and knew I wanted to try and make it, even though I don't paint much.
So this is what I made:
I started by decorating a portable wood box (or purse).
The fairies had lemonade, cupcakes and fresh berries to snack on.
And even a wood stove to warm up in front of, and to bake cupcakes and make yummy snacks!
Birds eye view of the whole thing put together.
And fairies would not be complete without wings :)
The present was well received both by birthday girl and her mama. All in all, this was very time consuming to make. Much more than anticipated, but well worth it. My kids could not keep their hands off of it all weekend. They were hovering around me, as I was slowly completing each little piece. Their little hands slyly touching each piece when I'd turn my back, even for a second. I'm guessing their interrupting and touching and grabbing could have been a big reason why it took me as long as it did ;)
As I wrapped the present before leaving for the party (because I literally finished it 45 minutes before the party... can you say: cutting it close! lol), my daughter, who's 4Th birthday is approaching, informed me that she would love something like this for her Birthday. She said when she saw this fairy tree house, she knew right away that that's what she wants for her big day, and nothing else.
How can I say no to that?! I don't! So I'll me making another miniature wood kit similar to this one soon, since her birthday is in a little over a month. And I promise to share pictures of that one as well when it's time.
I am just so proud of myself for finally having given a real handmade present. That's something I've been wanting to do for a while now, but never made it a priority until now. I now have plans to do so for my kids at Easter and their next birthdays. I love when my ideals become reality. And I love that I challenged myself to do a craft that I've never done before. It was a great challenge!
What have you been creating lately?