Diva and Walker spent some time bonding over a Christmas craft kit that I picked up a while back at Walmart. I intended to have Diva and the nephews work on it together, which is why I chose the three piece kit, but the boys ended up moving out before we got to it so when Walker asked if he and Diva could work on it, I jumped at the opportunity to get it done. Here's what they made:
It's a gingerbread train. Pretty cute, right? Diva started out by following the photo on the box but soon found her own decorating style. We had lots of candy and lots of icing left over, but not enough to do both sides. The train cars are dimensional and can be filled with candy canes or wrapped candy if you choose. The three pieces took a little over an hour.
While at Walmart, I picked up a card for my oldest niece, Marah. Marah is 22 years old and therefore has aged out of our family gift exchange, so I try to pick out a special card for her. She's been having a tough time lately, judging by some of her Facebook posts, so I chose this card because the sentiment inside is about how much she is loved. And she is, of course, so I'm glad I didn't bother to check the price before I got home. Would you like to take a guess how much this lovely card cost? I would have said $4. Each tier of the tree is a separate layer of card stock, and the ornaments are little "crystal" things. It's not musical or anything fancy like that. Go on, take a guess.....
I was looking over my receipt when I got home and was surprised to see that I paid seven bucks for this pretty card. Of course seven dollars won't break the budget but it does cheese me a bit that I actually paid that much for some colored paper. I'm glad I didn't check the price in the store or I never would have bought it. Walker was displeased, to say the least. He's not a fan of greeting cards to begin with. I'll have to be more careful next year. I do hope it makes Marah smile.