This drawing was Ada’s first family portrait, (which of course made me cry). I wanted to save it and was pretty sure the ripped newsprint it was made on was not archival. So, we scanned the drawing and sent the jpeg out to Cafe Press to be made into an ornament. Any of the photo sites can reproduce jpegs, and there are a lot of finished product options- from t-shirts to playing cards. Cafe Press got these back to us in under a week, and Ada was very proud to give them as gifts for the holiday.
One of our favorite gifts this year was a set of fabric markers and shirts to decorate. The kids had a blast and got to keep the markers and wear the shirts. Thanks Aunt Emily! There are lots of fabric marker options, and the glitter pens were especially popular. Look for ones that dry quickly without ironing so the designs can be worn right away.
We made vanilla sugar for holiday gifts. It is a super easy recipe that kids can help with.
You will need:
*Vanilla bean, one per jar
Place vanilla bean into jar, using a funnel let the kids pour in the sugar. The vanilla will infuse into the sugar and make it delicious. The kids can decorate custom labels- we got blanks from Papersource. The gift tags are made from Elmer’s glue and glitter on office supply manilla hang tags. Be sure to let them dry before tying on.
The sugar is great for coffee or baking, and you can add new sugar to the jar as you use it. We love ours in pancakes!