When I mentioned Julie's love of DIY the other day, it occurred to me that it warrants an entire post of its own.
Julie makes everything. I'm not even talking about in the kitchen, where no challenge is too daunting. (We made cheese this week! More on that later.) She also makes all her own skincare products, like facial scrub and lotion bars and bath bombs and lip gloss. She never met a craft she didn't want to try. I think the next frontier for her will likely be sewing.
In the meantime, one of her favorite Hanukkah gifts from this past December was a subscription for a Doodle Crate, which is a monthly package containing everything you need to create something fun and wonderful. The materials are all great quality, and the instructions are well written. The projects are neither too free-form nor too directed—there's just enough guidance so she knows what she's doing, but plenty of room for creativity. Here are some of the things she's made:
These are candles. She made the candles themselves and decorated the little glass holders.
She made the paper covers for these little notebooks and then bound them—it's hard to see from my lousy photo, but they're lovely.
Julie loved carving these rubber stamps!
Here's most of a terrarium—the cats got to it before we could move it. :(
This is a fabric woven basket. She dyed the fabric strips!
There was also a sculpting project, but unfortunately the bag got a hole in it (darn cats again!), so the clay dried up. We are going to get some more. The latest delivery is a solar imaging kit.
The company, Kiwi Crate, offers subscriptions for different ages groups, from preschool on up; Doodle Crates are for kids 9 to 16 years old. They also offer Tinker Crates for kids 9 to 14 years old; those are more about science and technology than crafts. If you want to sign your kids up, use my code to get $10 off. Happy making!