Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Old Fashioned Toys for the Holiday

  Another Christmas has come and gone.  The grandkids have gotten bigger, a new baby has been added, and everyone in the family wondered what I'd come up with for hand made gifts from the shop.
  The really fun part of the holiday was that the kids found just as much fun in old-fashioned toys as they did in new electronic games!  I made six small spin tops with colorful chatter work on both sides, top and bottom:

The kids had a lot of fun competing with them, and even got them to work upside down:

Then there were the Klopper Stompers, made of pine scrap drilled for a rope handle.  Stomping among the wrapping papers became a sport of its own:

And for the adults, a few wine bottle coasters and French rolling pins made of local orchard Cherry:

What a great year!   But, next time, I think I'll start making presents in August. It would relieve the stress level quite a bit.  Happy Holidays to all, and here's to a great New Year!