D was craving some new stockings ~ something kinda rustic & super lovey. So we invited my mom & pops to join us for a little stockings bar. We brought down my sewing machine & a basket of goodies:
old sweater bits
a stocking pattern cut out of a paper bag.
Everyone, kids included, got to just have at it. Mom & I took turns stitching it all together.
Here's a couple of things *everyone's gonna love* going into the stockings this year for under $4 a piece that really fill those stocking out:
Favorite magazines from "friends of the library" section for .10 cents each!! Since they aren't the current issues, I usually will collect 3 mags from a theme, like:
Mary Jane's Farm + Organic Gardening + Herb Quarterly.
Or Road & Track + Car + Forza.
Or Natural Home + Dwell + Living Etc.
Or Veg News + Fresh + Yoga Journal
Boomwhackers! These are the colored tubes in the picture. They come in sets of 8 for $25 (3.13 each), & each tube is actually a percussion instrument tuned to a different note. So everyone has to play together. At our house we are getting another set for music as they are being used as marble runs, large-scale chemistry implements, gas pumps & air traffic-control loud speakers. The link has some educational materials + music.
Reams of paper. Really. I'm dividing of 2 colored reams of 100% post-consumer recycled paper between the boys & they are just gonna love it.
Sponge + brush sets from the hardware store. They also love those foam paint rollers. For Lake & Mekhi we just give them buckets of water & let them "paint" the deck.
Mahal is also going to get a squeeze bottle of homemade wood polish + some pretty polishing cloths made from flannel-backed calicos. I'll make them 6 x 6 inches.
1 Cup Mineral Oil + 1 Cup Lemon Juice + 6 drops of pine, lavender or Frankincense essential oil. Shaken like crazy.
What are you making?