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A Christmas surprise for me, and a creative holiday gift idea for you

I just checked my mail, and was surprised to see that I had received a package from Sister #4 (if you remember, there are 5 of us, and I’m #2…I hear your giggling). Anyway, I was surprised to get a package from her because I wasn’t expecting anything, but I was thrilled when I saw what she had sent:

Candy Construction & The Cuter Book - how fun are these?

Wow! How could I have ever missed these in a bookstore? These are right up my alley, and they are awesome! She and I are both grandmothers (very young grandmothers, I might add) and we’re always searching for fun new ways to spoil the g-babies. I have to say, I can’t wait to jump in and try these. These two books will provide endless hours of fun for Jonah Bear and Lilly Bug. You have to see these. First up, Candy Construction by Sharon Bowers (Storey Publishing):

How to build edible crafts from store-bought candy? No way!

Sorry the photo's a little dark, but these are adorable!

Get outta' town...edible porcupines and frogs? Precious!

Some people might think this is the only edible sushi, but not me!

Jonah Bear is going to lose his ever-loving mind over this one.

I think I love this next little book even more. I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you, but I am a closet felt hoarder. I love making little things out of felt for the grandkids like the puppy dog and owl I made to stitch onto Jonah’s sweatshirts and the flowers I made for Lilly’s onsies. This book couldn’t be more perfect if it were written just for me. Here’s a sample of the adorable things you’ll find inside The Cuter Book by Aranzi Aronzo (Vertical, Inc., NY):

Quick! Somebody fan me...I might faint. This is just too cute.

First I saw the pigs, and fell in love with the little pigs...

Then I saw these scary little polar bears; okay...they're not scary...

Then I fell in love with the pandas...you can see where this is going, right?

Okay, okay...these frogs have GOT to be my favorites!

Thanks, #4! What a wonderful holiday surprise. I can assure you that I plan to put them to good use immediately. Thanks for thinking of me. And you, dear readers, should put these on your shopping list if you have children or grandchildren to buy for…or teachers of young children…or babysitters…or daycare providers…or grandmothers like me…or neighbors. You get the idea. Happy holidays, and happy shopping!

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