a Christmas endeavor and temporary insanity
This year for the holidays, Carly and I sort of decided to make our gifts for each other. I immediately knew what I was going to make for her and Ben and got to it right away. It wasn’t an easy task, so I figured, knock it out waaaay before it was due.
I finished it in September.
Now, as the holidays are starting to close in on us, I realized that I really should get a leg up on all the projects I have in store for the remainder of my family.
For my in-laws, I’m making them pillows for their new couch they just bought. I found this really sweet fabric and it was ridiculously on sale and it isn’t girly at all. Since my father in law is the main user of the couch, even though he rarely sits still, I figured I’d have to cater to him.
For Claire and Luca, I’m making them beanbag chairs. At the same site I found the in-laws’ fabric, I found perfect fabric for the kids. However, on my search for beanbag filler, I was incredibly awe-struck. Do you know how expensive beanbag filler is? It’s atrocious. Now I know why, as a kid, when Mom would buy us beanbag chairs and they’d start to die from lack of stuffing, we’d just buy new ones. But I think I’ve found a way to remedy that. I’m going to put thick foam at the bottom to anchor the chairs and then fill the rest with the beans. Plus, I found good quality ones that isn’t Styrofoam so hopefully they’ll keep their fill.
For the entire family, we’re making applesauce ornaments. If you can think way back to Elementary school, I’m sure you remember making these. It’s when you mix equal parts applesauce and cinnamon to a paste like consistency. Then you roll them out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters. Then you cook them in the oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees or something. They smell great. Even the one I made way back in 2nd grade still smells fantastic.
And also, for the entire family, we’re making cookies. Each family group will get a dozen. And I’m going all out. Thanks go Joy the Baker, whom I’m secretly in love with, I will be making fantastically different cookies. Yet edible. And delicious.
Now, my married-into-family isn’t small. I’ll be making about 200 cookies for this.
I’m claiming temporary insanity.
Best part of all? Matt said he’d help. No, he actually sat me down yesterday and said, “I really want to be a part of what we make for the family this year. For the past 3 years you’ve done it all by yourself. I’d love to be a part of it.”
Sweet. He has no idea what he just got himself into. Poor soul.
We’re also making our paper bags for the cookies to go into. I’ve got it all planned out. And it involves stealing giant paper bags from Giant Eagle. And paint. Lots of paint.
Claire’s obsessed with glitter.
And I think that’s about it for now. I feel better having written out my crazy plot. Did you know I have only 4 weeks to accomplish all of this?
Eh, at least I am finished with all my Christmas shopping.
(It’s a rule, you know. I have to finish it all before my birthday. Which is December 12th. Not that I’m trying to point anything out. However, I will still be in my mid-20’s, so I’m still happy. Talk to me next year when I’m in my ‘late 20’s’.)