Friday, December 30, 2011

And so the year draws to a close.


Christmas with a 14 month old was much more fun than Christmas with a 2 month old.


Virginia loves the (many) gifts that light up and play (horrendous repeating) songs she received from family. Brandon and I knew those gifts were coming her way, so we tried to balance it out by making her a few things. We also gave her a "Band in a Box" so she can make her own songs, and many books (including Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus).

(She makes funny faces because of the bright lights on the camera :)

Here is the kitty I made her:

It does not meow on its own, but she loves it just the same.

Brandon and I also decided to hand make all the gifts we gave out to our families. Among the many things we made were:

Turtle Popcorn

Manly Mustard
(Made from an Ancient Roman Recipe! We're going to use ours this week with some roasted pork.)

Relaxing body lotion
(Bee&Kitten is a fake business name I made up for an imaginary cosmetic company my friend Megan and I have.)

Brandon and I thought it would be fun to give each product its own identity and special treatment for the package design. I think he did an amazing job creating all the different logos.

Next year we may not be so ambitious to hand make EVERY gift we give, but if we do have to buy anything we hope it will be from small businesses and/or handmade shops.

How was your Christmas?


Steve Bridge said...

Nice looking kid, Candice. Looks like she might have the makings of a comedian -- if you don't turn her into an artist. Nice looking stuffed cat, too!

See you at the library.

Steve B.

Candice Hartsough McDonald said...

Heheh, thanks Steve!

Keri said...

You make such lovely stuff. I'd be interested in some of that mustard. I'm also well overdue sending you a picture of where we hung We Grow Pretty Things which I love and looks awesome in my daughter's bedroom.

Happy 2012 to you 3 and continued success with the business.

Jeff said...

Beautiful tree, beautiful little girl, wonderful hand-made gifts. Sounds pretty darn lovely to me. :)

Candice Hartsough McDonald said...

Thanks Jeff, it was!

Keri, the mustard was pretty simple to make, really! That recipe doesn't say to, but another recipe I read said to soak the mustard seeds for awhile before grinding them, so I did. Then I ground them up in a food processor (the mortar and pestle was a major fail for me!)