Master J did wonderful percussion work to The Ants Go Marching and he stayed seated for 99% of the concert.
Miss G was awarded top academic for year 5. She did not know what this meant- upon explanation - she still conceded she didn't think she was that smart. 'Why did I get a certificate for that, what about the other kids who tried so hard - I didn't try hard at all'. I tried to explain how much worth people find in academics and professionalism. I discussed how great it was that she was born so smart - but it is not the only thing she is valued for. She is kind, gentle, musical, dramatic, a great cook, creative and a good friend. Wouldn't it be nice if more awards were given for these characteristics too!
Master S was loved on so much during his last day. His aide and teacher presented him with a huge cuddly teddy and a personal note from each classmate tied up in scrolls around Huggle Bear's neck. Master S was so brave and handled himself so well. There was a day when he would have been curled in a ball crying instead of receiving his farewells.
My decision to give almost all things handmade this Christmas is a bigger task than I thought. I pondered starting earlier in the year - and thought to myself "no - I can do it a week before Christmas". What was I thinking?!?
The children are getting a mix of shop bought and handmade. Adults are getting handmade or upcycled! I found the most gorgeous little black dress by Tightrope for my bestie - it has lace-work in cotton and I added a few more embellishments.
I wove these willow branch hearts a few weeks ago and tied a cute ribbon and tag on the side. These were at the stall - but as I have left my making to the last minute - they are wonderful gifts!
My dear late friend Dee taught me how to make cards on a budget. I bought these small pay envelopes and stamped the front and back of each. Cards were made with what I had in my studio.
I found these cute little tins at the Robert Gordon Pottery outlet for $1 each. Each tin will hold 10 handmade cards - they are such a cute little gift. Dee gave me a recycled Christmas tin filled with handmade cards before she went to live upstairs. It meant so much. I have collected a few and spray painted the lids white - I will put a label on top too. They look so cute and such a sweet gift idea.
My boys and friends boys are getting handmade Knight costumes and felt crowns with some feathers. I have asked Mister J to make me some wooden shields too - we will see if he can fit it in in the next week! I can just imagine them decked out!
Miss G loved making cards with me. I don't think I have mastered a style - it really is a bit of a mish mash - albeit cute!
My Mum has requested some handmade cushions from a vintage tablecloth her aunt embroidered. Miss G baked brownies for her friends and put them in small packages tied up with string. My nieces love receiving a jar filled with ribbons for their hair. It really does make Christmas feel more joyous making something from the heart.
What are you making or giving this Christmas? I need some stocking filler ideas! xo