Tuesday, 14 December 2010
This year, we decided to put together a farm set for The Girl. This is the second batch of wooden animals that The Daddy Monkey and I have made, and they are fun and easy to make. I’m very proud of these because the designs are entirely my own. I’m especially fond of the dog, even though somehow his scale got all messed up and he stands as tall as the cow!
barn photo by Finns and Flowers
To go with the animals, my mother and I split the cost of this beautiful handmade wooden barn, made by Finns and Flowers on Etsy. I couldn’t be happier with it. It is gorgeous. My father bought this cart from The Wooden Wagon to go with the horse, for pulling loads of hay and oats, of course!
I’ve really simplified our gift giving this year, and I’m so thrilled to be giving my Girl this set which was made by the loving hands of true craftspersons (and her parents!). Along with the usual holiday messages of goodwill to your fellow humans, gratitude, and peace, I feel it’s important to show my children that we can create things on our own, without going to the store. That items made by the hands of real humans do indeed have great value. And that it’s nice to have playthings made of natural materials that will last a very, very long time and not end up in a landfill. Perhaps that is the greatest gift of all.