Monday, July 25, 2011

A Homemade Toddler Gift

In late May, I had not done or thought about any crafts in months. Dave's mom's birthday was approaching though and for the first time in what felt like forever, my nausea, fatigue, and general weariness and misery gave way to a tiny crumb of crafty interest. Annalise had never done a craft before but I thought perhaps it was worth attempting. I baked some sugar cookies and made some icing in colors that wouldn't look bad if combined and set up a little cookie station for her.

She had never used a paintbrush before and became very grumpy when I tried to guide her hand. So we stared at her would-be project for a few minutes and I thought perhaps she would reject the whole idea. But then she picked up a brush and started off tentatively.

After a tiny swipe she took a cookie break.

Newly replenished, she forged on with gusto.

The final product:

And what is a birthday without a bouquet of flowers? My original idea was to trace Annalise's hands a bunch of times on a paper, have her color them, and then cut them out to make a bouquet of handprint flowers. Unfortunately she screeched and resisted so intensely upon the first tracing attempt that we settled for one handprint flower and several others that didn't require tracing or in any other way bothering her highly headstrong self.

I stabbed pipe cleaners through her flowers, tied them together and paired them with the cookies and her homemade card. Her first little art project was a success! Grandma loved it. :)


  1. Omg! She's totally cute! Is great at a young age she's starting to develop baking skills, she'll be talented and they look super yummie!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  2. This grandma would love those cookies.
    Glad yours did too.

  3. Sometimes it takes a minute for the creative genius to strike. And sometimes a snack helps.

  4. Sweet and simple. I admire how you adapted your plan to what she was willing to do.

  5. I just arrived on your blog today and clicked to go to your etsy shop and it said something in the url was wrong. I have no idea what is wrong so just thought I'd let you know in case you didn't know either. I'm enjoying reading about your ideas!

  6. Great idea, good execution with nice helper!

  7. She look so cute and smart, I think this is very special gift from her.

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  9. your little toddler looks so tasty give us some time alone and I'll do some crafts with her