I've been loving all the stamped ornaments on Pinterest (so many!) so a while back (this was last month, actually), the girl and I tried it out.
We got paper clay from Hobby Lobby, which worked great. Easy to work with. And I bought a snowflake stamp. It pretty much worked how I was hoping.
By far the hardest part was rolling them out to a consistent thickness, and if it's too thin, they get wavy when they dry. It was a learning process.
I was going to do brown velvet ribbon, but found these already tied ornament hangers at Ikea - worth it!
I think they'll be gift tags for our family gifts this year. But next year, I think we'll do them for all the Primary kids in church maybe. With a CTR stamp. If I start way before the holidays!
In other news:
I shrunk the Lucia gown we borrowed for Lucia. I felt awful about it and was a nervous wreck until I the lady I borrowed it from told me she didn't care at all (whew!). But I got called on the gown being 1/2" too short by the director and had to attach lace to make it work. At least it worked! Next year we're making our own gown. With plenty of tucks and grow stripes.
Lucia went well, and my boys got to be pepparkakksgubbar (gingerbread men).
The boys insisted on writing letters to Santa (I'm not so into this tradition anymore) after watching Charlie & Lola (good thing you're so cute, Lola!) and are now asking for completely different things than they did when we ordered stuff for them. Oh, goody. We're trying to explain that Santa always brings something awesome, but not always what you exactly asked for, and that the elves have already finished making toys, so it's a bit late to change your mind. Also, those elves. Monkey keeps asking for crazy stuff that's not made anymore, and when I say that that was discontinued or whatever, he just says 'That's okay, Santa's elves will make it!'. Ugh.
I had to talk to the youth in our ward about Swedish Christmas traditions, which was pretty fun. The girl volunteered to come with me and play Lucia to them, which was beautiful, she did a great job. I'm so glad she is willing to do stuff like that!
Our tree is up - more on that later. We did go with a small one!
Yesterday my kids did this fun Elf Application - they all loved it!
And with that: God Jul and Happy St. Lucia day! Our girl brought us cinnamon buns this morning - yay!