This is the second year we've made a gingerbread house, and considering how fun it is (and how enthusiastic Maia is about it), it won't be the last. I can see this becoming another yearly tradition for us. We used this recipe this time which worked well and made enough for the gingerbread house pieces plus plenty of gingerbread boys and girls to decorate. We worked on the house over three days — one for mixing the dough (which should chill overnight), one for cutting out and baking the pieces, and one for assembling and decorating the house.
Maybe next year Daphne will help us decorate our gingerbread house. She LOVES to wear Maia's cooking apron and, of course, to be in the middle of everything we do. I'm thinking I need to sew her a mini version of Sew Liberated's Montessori child's apron for Christmas. Which, of course, means I need to get sewing. Now. I always see Christmas from way off, but every year it sneaks up on me just the same. I have so much I want to sew, but not so much time left.
Besides a pixie-sized apron for Daphne, there are a few other gifts I'd like to sew over the next couple of weeks if I can swing it.
- Dress up clothes for Maia – She loves to dress up with her friends, and especially loves everything frilly and girly right now.
- Felt wool hats for both girls, maybe using this tutorial.
- Amanda's mouse pad from Handmade Home.
- Leg warmers to keep Maia cozy when she wants to wear tights and dresses every day.
- I felted a few wool sweaters recently and am trying to think of gifts I can sew with the felted wool. So besides the hats above, I could sew felted wool potholders, coasters, balls, bags…
Any other ideas? Are you doing any last minute holiday sewing and crafting?