My favorite person ever turns a year older today! You deserve all the happy things because you make our lives better, funnier, and more loving every single day. I love you!
The kids and I planned and strategized for the last two weeks, present-wise, to stick to my "handmade is good only in so far as it is high quality" ideal. I think we succeeded!
Jake's natural drawing tendencies seemed to a perfect match for string art.
There were numerous sketches of dragons, castles, and flames before we ended up with the perfect composition. I stained the wood block, but Jake did most of the nails and string himself, with a super helpful assist from his sister...
... who was no slouch herself in the art department, painting a super cute collage and mounting it onto a piece of birch.
I feel like she could open up her own Etsy store tomorrow.