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Finger knitting with Outi

with a little help from outiWith a little help from Outi’s well illustrated Christmas book, Bjørn got a bit of finger knitting done today. We’ve done this before many times before, and somehow forget how to get started each and every time.

It was the perfect activity after freezing his finger-tips out in the piles of snow that came down over-night. Now he has a long-if-narrow green scarf to wrap up in the next time he heads out.

Here’s a good video to get you started, too.

Tor’s memory game

Tor's memory game

shhh! Don’t tell him, but this is one of Tor’s Christmas presents this year. I selected some of my favorite pictures on Flickr from this past year and had a memory game made of them by They are Moo’s basic photo business cards. Nifty, eh?

The only thing I don’t like is that the prints came out a bit too dark for my liking, but my to-do list this week is too full to get a second set re-printed. Next time, I’ll know better.

Regardless, they’re happy cards and I know Tor (who is four now) will be tickled.

Giant pipe cleaner party!

Giant pipe cleaner party

We had a bunch of kids running around over Thanksgiving, and my brother had the brilliant idea to purchase this Giant Pipe Cleaner Party Craft Kit. The man is a genius.

All six kids found plenty (contained) fun to be had with it & the grown-ups had some (relatively) quiet time to catch up. Read more

Hark the {paper and pom-pom} angels!


Tor (4) asked to make a paper project with cones like I’d used for the advent calendar the other day and this is what we came up with: simple angels with pom-pom heads. Tor did all the cutting, taping assembly himself. I just wrapped the cone shape for him. Read more

I’ve become obsessed…

white soup can

With spray paint. First it was Maggie’s bookshelf, then her lamps, and now it’s soup cans. I’ve painted this one with white enamel and I love it. Not quite sure what it’ll end up being — a Mexican-style luminary, a pencil holder? — but I do know I’ll be painting more ’cause it’s just plain fun to spary paint stuff. And I think it looks nice.