Last Wednesday I was on my way to Charleston for what was (HOPEFULLY) Micah's final surgery on his little club foot. The doctor told us that our surgery would be scheduled for mid-morning since we live 2 hour away...but...we had to be there at 6:30. That's 6:30 AM. I don't know about you, but for me, 6:30 isn't mid-morning, and getting up at 3:30 am is definitely not mid-morning either! We both survived though, and Micah is doing so well. He's such a little trooper. Here he is in his new, stream-lined cast. He is determined to walk in it, since he's been forced to crawl for the last 6 weeks.
Now on to the reason for this post....
Most of the reason why I was late on every other Christmas present this year, is that I was busy making some Christmas surprises for my little guys. I make a lot of crafty goodies for our friends and family, but I usually run out of time when it comes to my boys. This year, I scoured my craft books for ideas and decided on these.
Fist up was a pattern from Amy Karol's super adorable book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing. Jesse and Micah love puppets and performing, so I made the cute puppet theater. There weren't a lot of pictures, but the instructions were clear. The fabric and adorable fringe were thrifted finds, and I had the tension rod, so really the only things I purchased were the dowels.
|Go ahead...you can ooooh and ahhhhhh if you want.|
|Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.|
|My little character!|
|Even puppets need to stop performing for a snack break.|
I also made each boy a little house using this awesome tutorial. I made Jesse a little woodland house for trolls and gnomes. I found this cute set of critters on amazon (which isn't for sale any more), and added a couple of felt leaves for those little guys to sleep on and under. I changed the closure a bit, by adding a small flap and velcro, rather than the buttons and bands.
And for the Bean, he got a barn complete with little pond for his animals to take "dinks" (a.k.a. drinks). By the way, I LOVE these Plan Toys farm animals! They are the perfect size for toddler hands, the wood is sustainable, the dyes are non-toxic, and the sheep can be shorn by removing his cute little wool sweater.
|Besides drinking, Micah's animals like jumping in and out of the barn.|
I also made the boys stockings.