Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Handmade Holiday Journals

The second birthday party of the season was held yesterday. My daughter turns nine years old soon, and we had five of her friends over for a house party and then went to see the new movie "The Tale of Despereaux." While I had a craft planned, the event of the afternoon was dancing in the den to Christmas tunes.

The journals above are simple hot-dog fold books that were glued together and decorated with a spine of holiday paper. Instructions for making a hot-dog book are here. We gave these little books in the girls' treat bags. They looked so pretty standing up on the dining room table-- like little trees or monuments or a mini Stonehenge.

Today, we are taking it easy. I'm finishing some last embroidered bird ornaments to give as gifts. The children are doing the craft that was planned for the party yesterday-- making beads out of Sculpey clay that will be strung and turned into wreath ornaments.

I think I'll make a pot of tea and enjoy the rest of this inside at-home day.
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