An addition to the A-Frame dollhouse I built for my niece, the other Christmas present I spent some time working on this year were these wooden circus-themed blocks for Mary’s nephew, Henry.
I made similar blocks for my niece last Christmas, but this time I used an orange wood so the lettering and pictures would stand out more against the wood. I also laser-etched them to save myself some time and give them a much cleaner look. The laser-etching allowed me to do much more detailed images too.
For the interior, I left the downstairs the natural wood and just added a door frame and hung a small picture. For the upstairs, I glued some paper down for a faux-wallpaper. I also bought a little bunny family to go in the house.
For the outside, I added a porch, door, some frames for the door and window, and some landscaping. I decided to make the porch and frames a forest green.
It’s still unfurnished, but her birthday is just around the corner in February.
It’s been years now since I’ve had a real Christmas tree, but hopefully this will be my last tree-less year.
For those like me who are either in small apartments or are without a vehicle to transport a large tree in, here’s a great list of DIY Christmas trees you can make to ensure your home is still festive for the holidays.
Mary and I made the first one when we had an apartment together in Chicago, and it turned out great.
Now that we’re into December, it’s time for gift guides and I’m following up Mary’s guide for children’s gifts with a list of some great and manly stocking stuffers. There’re about a million great ones, but here’s just a few of our favorites.
Heritage Leather Hammer & Hatchet Holder from West Elm
Browning Custom Maple Wood Banjo Inlay Pocketknife from Drop Point LLC
The countdown to the holiday season is upon us. I’ve been Christmas shopping like crazy. I haven’t sent mine out yet, but I’ve already received a few cards in the mail. Here are a few of our favorite holiday cards from Etsy.
What Good Have I Done Today? had a great holiday season and through the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Etsy orders, and orders from friends, we sold out of chalkboard bunnies, chalkboard bison, phrenology puzzles, Michigan chalkboards, and adult-sized Dino Science tees. Our first order of business is to get those back into our store and then we’re onto new projects!
Here are a couple of new items I made as custom orders for the holidays.
The first is a chalkboard bear I made for a friend who bought it as a gift for his wife. I really like the way this guy turned out.
The second is a pig ornament I made for a former manager who gifted it to a pig-collecting friend.