Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthdays!

Today is both Eva and Sebastian's 5th birthday. Contrary to my usual style, Eva only got a store-bought present this year. I had grand plans, but when I ended up at the airport with Shell in Denver, I found a cute realistic-looking stuffed Yorkshire Terrier puppy. It seemed a perfect gift for that dog-loving girl, and so easy to send it home with Shell, ensuring it got there on time. Sorry Eva! There's always Christmas.
For Sebastian, I ended up making him something, but something much easier and faster than the dinosaurs I made him last year. I also made some for Eva, and I can't find pictures of either of them anywhere. I give you: A box. That's it. Pretty much.
I got the idea from Amy Karol over at Angry Chicken. It's just a cigar box I got at Micheal's, decorated with some embellishments, of course. I filled it with a few random things that I thought might interest him, but mostly I thought it was just a cool place for a little person to collect and carry all of their random 'treasures' that so often look like junk and have no place to go.

I thought, given more time and resources, it would be really cool to make some themed boxes. Jewelry or bead kits, stationary, knitting, sewing-really, any hobby or interest. So, hopefully kids like it as much as I do, because they are everything that is good about handmade: Inexpensive, personalized, unique, thoughtful, fun to do and easy to make.
(Random contents of this one include: envelope affixed to the lid with cards inside, personalized notebook, foam airplane kits, crazy paperclips, a couple of cool containers for his stuff, a tiny flashlight key chain and a plastic tape measure. I know, kind of crappy, but I had to work with what i had. Plus, it's not really about that, it's about the stuff he's going to put in it.)
Happy 5th Birthday Eva & Sebastian!!

9 comments:

Miranda said...

No way! I would have adored a collection box with my name on it when I was little! Heck, I would adore one right now.

Denise said...

Ditto Miranda. That is an incredibly cute and thoughtful gift for any age recipient! LOVE it.

Natasha said...

I think this is a fabulous gift idea!

Molly Krauss Smith said...

The box for Sebastian is even cuter in real life. It was a big hit. He's determined to find some small bugs to fill the glass vial. I can only hope he doesn't want to keep them for too long...gulp.

emily said...

Not lame at all! Sabastian is lucky to receive such a treasure trove.

Susan said...

WAY cute and super exciting and crative for a young man! I love it.

Hope the bugs don't make the cut, but I'm pretty sure they will....he he.

Diana said...

love it

michelle said...

DITTO Miranda! This is so darling, and something any kid of any age would enjoy. Who doesn't love personalized things? And cute containers? So cute.

You have a gift.

linda said...

Your talent is endless, and as Sophie would say, I want to be her! Cute, cute, cute my boys would have liked it as well!

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