I'm (pretty) sure you'd be surprised to peek inside here while I told you I used an old ironing board pad to make chair cushions, clippings from magazines to fill the cupboards and make chandeliers, a spray paint cap to make a lamp shade, and a googly eye to make a wall clock. In fact, everything inside here—the cupboards, refrigerator, tables, bed...were made from scratch from craft boxes, bits of ribbon, paint and even old pocket linings. It's creative fun to use what you already have to make what you want.
I began the designing, glueing, painting, and making when the leaves were still autumn-y orange. I built and made my handmade gift until it was ready (enough) for giving to our young one. All while she was sleeping. So she could wake up Christmas morning for this handmade surprise.
You might think this gift giver had as much fun making and giving this handmade gift as our little recipient had giving it. You would be right. This was a made-with-love handmade gift from my heart by my hands. And I loved making it to share her joy unwrapping it—a joy so full that comes from making and giving a handmade gift.
Hours of creative play for me to make hours of pretend play for her.
below left: a craft googly eye transformed into a kitchen clock (I carefully opened the back, and slipped in a magazine clipping of a clock face) right: a catalog clipping of a chandelier, embellished with glitter glue and mounted on mat board becomes graceful doll-size chandeliers I hung throughout the home.
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