In these quiet few days before the Christmas madness begins, the boys and I have very few plans, and those we do have centre around pyjamas, Christmas movies and a bit of light rolling and stamping.
We'll be rolling copious mounds of spicy gingery dough to make super-thin pepparkaka, stamping flattened sheets of shortcrust pastry to make mince pies and kneading a new batch of minty icing to replenish our stash of peppermint creams (star-shaped this time).
But first on our list has been a bit of non-food rolling and stamping to make little present adornments for our loved ones.
There is definitely a theme for our crafting - if it isn't as simple as, we don't do it (no Martha Stewarts here) - and these air-dried clay snowflakes really are an absolute doodle. We already had the clay from Louis' mountain construction project earlier this term so we chose our cutter, rolled out the clay on a craft cutting board, stamped the shapes and eased a pointy thing through the clay to make a hole for the ribbon. Then the boys stamped letters onto each snowflake for the recipient and used the pointy thing again to create a dotty border on each snowflake.
And that was it. A quick photograph or two and 24 hours drying and hey presto, ridiculously fragile name labels for our presents! But who cares if they break, it's the thought that counts, right?