Can you believe it? I'm done crafting and the sun is still up! Today I made gifts for my sweet Autumn Rose. First was a set of hand puppets for her doorway puppet theater; a cat, a frog, and a bear. The googly eyes were a cop out because I think I'm really bad at drawing eyes and didn't want to ruin them. But she is fascinated with googly eyes anyway so I'm sure she'll appreciate them. Is that bear rolling it's eyes at me? Bear, I brought you into this world and I can take you--what was I saying? Oh yeah.My second gift is a treasure hunt bag, also known as an I Spy or Peekaboo bag. You may have seen toys like this on Etsy before. It's a bag usually filled with plastic pellets and small trinkets, and children have to shake, squeeze and manipulate the bag to find all of the objects hidden inside through the clear vinyl window. I came close to buying one, but decided to try making it myself first. It was a lot easier than I expected. I collected small objects and toys from around our house (mostly my craft room--great way to use up the little random things I had lying around) and used some vinyl, ribbon and treasure map fabric I had in my stash (yay for using up my stash!). Instead of plastic pellets I filled the bag with white rice because I always like to use natural materials in place of synthetic ones when possible. Plus it's cheaper.There's still one more gift in the works for Miss Autumn, but it will have to wait until I can obtain all the materials I need. Until then I'll be working my way down my to-do list like a good little elf.
P.S. Speaking of elves, this is cracking me up right now.