Mini Swap makes it to Cinncinati.

2.28.2008

Our Mini Swap package made it to Ohio. We were paired up with a family of 3 little girls Susannah age 6, Grace age 3 and Evelyn 16 months. I wanted the girls to be involved in the making of this swap. We came up with the idea of homemade books with activities packed into little totes. I originally planned to have the girls do some of the tote sewing but, well you know, it was just easier for me to do it. I did get them to do some of the drawing on the books and managed to keep Maddie from defacing most of it.

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For Susannaha: A tote filled with origami paper and a little book of origami folding directions. There was also a little art book with inspirations such as: Draw a bird, Draw something that swims. Annie wrote these out.

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Inside the book. I found the illustrations online, when I find the link I will post it.


For Grace a handmade "I Spy" Book. The girls put together four vingettes from stuff around the house and we took pictures and then picked a couple to look for. I really enjoyed this project and will keep it in mind for future gifts. I think the execution could have been a bit better. I wanted Annie to do the writing but she was not cooperative at this point.

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For the littlest family member, Evelyn we made a clothespin can with painted clothespins and a book of acitivites to do. Some of the activities were from the book The Busy Book for Toddlers.
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The little totes also had some giant lollipops, stickers and giant bubble wands. It was fun thinking up ideas and putting it all together. I hadn't sewn much lately and it was nice to get back to the machine. We also tucked in some chocolate for mom and a jar of homemade blueberry jam. Our swap box should be arriving soon and I'll post on what came our way.

4 comments:

The Flick Family said...

hi marytree! just wanted to say that i tried that soup recipe from rachael..yumm-o! :) my hubby is a soup addict so he really liked it and it was SO easy. i think i would use canned green beans next time..i am not a fan of frozen green beans! love the bags and things you made. you are SO creative. what is a swap?
mindy

Peace is every step said...

What wonderful ideas. I love it! I also "tagged" you for a little book-type tag. I'm curious as to where the inspiration for your creative energy comes from :).

katy said...

love the personalized i-spy book. what a great idea!

menacing pickle said...

the ispy book is awesome. I am working on one now. It's a great tool for friend's with verbally challenged autistic children. It has really helped aid their speech therapy. I loved your execution.