1. A book of New Year's goals. I was just telling Mr S that I wanted to do this, but I was debating how and low and behold someone else figured it out and shared! How fun is that? I think it would be quite a personal project, but fun too.
2. Hugs & Kisses quilt. This one has been on my list for a while, and I'd love to have it done by Valentine's Day to toss on the couch. I don't see that happening, but I can dream right? Besides, we don't need no stinkin holiday to snuggle up under a quilt and watch sappy movies like GreenCard, You've Got Mail, & The Proposal. (Are you seeing a pattern here, bet you'll never guess why..)
3. Paper Beads. I've seen a lot of tutorials for these, but none of the finished projects were quite as striking as this very colorful and striking necklace above. We have lots of girlie birthdays coming up and I know my boys adore making their own gifts to give away. Morgan would especially love doing a craft to give away to all the "girlfriends" in his life.
5. A Weasly Sweater! Morgan's been asking for one of these for ages, but I honestly can't knit. I've tried, but I've become horribly obsessed with kitting my stitches right! Nothing quite as embarrassing as the 7 year old in the homeschool group telling me how he learnt to knit and then when I told him I was a complete and utter failure at it he said ever so calmly, "You just need to learn to cast off a bit more I think." I actually have a couple of patterns for these sweaters too because I've heard Mr S state he wouldn't mind one, and honestly I think it'd be pretty fun to have one as well for the cold winter nights we'll have zooming in on us in a matter of months.
6. Back To School Pencil Cake. Okay, so I admit that as year round homeschoolers I often fail to acknowledge the end of one school term and the start of another. Sad, but true. So this year, I stocked up on new scissors, tape, rulers, colored pencils, regular pencils (the erasers/rubbers on the end are probably no good, but oh well), and I even bought the boys a new lunch pail each. Laugh, go ahead, but we love going on picnic lunches and when we meet up with the homeschool group we always take a lunch. The boys think it's cool to have a special box to take it in. To really mark the start of the year, I'm planning to make this cake and surprise the boys with it on Monday. I'm not exactly sure how I'll hide cake from three men-folk.. I once had to toss Mr S in the pantry at 10 pm, because the boys could honestly smell his microwave cake cooking. Nothing says love like handing your husband a steaming hot chocolate cake doused in cream and then promptly shoving him in the pantry while whispering, "Don't say anything, and if you know what's good for you you'll shove that up your jumper!"