Christmas gifts for tween boys are NOT EASY

Christmas gifts for tween boys {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our son is almost exactly nine and a half years old. While he still seems like a kid in many ways, he’s also very much entering TWEEN territory.

And that means, apparently, that it is much, much harder to buy him Christmas gifts. Sigh.

He got a sportscar for his very first Christmas. How can we top that?!

His major Christmas gift this year — which my husband and I are teaming up with my dad and stepmom to give him — is going to be the Nintendo Switch he’s been begging for.

He understands that getting a big-ticket gift like that from all four of us means he’ll get fewer gifts, and he’s fine with that, but it meant I still needed to come up with gift ideas for the rest of our extended family.

*crickets*

You guys, choosing Christmas gifts for a tween boy? IT IS VERY HARD.

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Easy ‘cheater’ patchwork quilt squares

For years now, I’ve been using a worn-out 2.5” cardboard square to make good use of leftover bits of fabric. (Nothing fancy — it’s cut from a case of beer!)

My 2 1/2 inch 2 1/2” cardboard scrap template

If I have a scrap of fabric that’s too small to put back in my regular (colour-coded) fabric bins, I quickly trace as many 2.5” squares as it will hold …

… then cut them out and stick them in a plastic bin for future use. OK, several bins.

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The unexpected DIY farmhouse sign

DIY farmhouse sign for above double doors {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’ve made a lot of signs and lettered canvases over the years, but this is the first one I made specifically because I needed to fill a strange chunk of wall. “Functional art,” indeed.

Remember when we extended our dining room hutch? Well, bumping our hutch 20” higher — so it came up almost to the ceiling — looked wonderful, but it did throw off the balance in other parts of the room.

The space between the top of our patio doors and the ceiling had never looked “weird” before, but suddenly it was a gaping hole. The hutch’s height was making the doors feel stunted, so I decided we needed a long white farmhouse-style sign to fill the space. For once, the measurements had to be exact …

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The unexpected DIY farmhouse sign {Heather's Handmade Life}