I belong to a fabulous forum of very clever mums and mums to be. They constantly inspire me with their craftiness and generosity, as well as impact my daily parenting with their wisdom and vastly differing, yet well-researched philosophies on raising little people. Once upon a time, I naively thought parenting was some kind of innate ability that clicked into gear when you gave birth. Um... nope! I love the way these women (and presumably their other halves) think about their actions and interactions with their children and embrace what they do, rather than just manage the 'inconvenience' that so many view children as.
They can be found here: http://thenappynetwork.org.nz/forum/index.php
These lovely ladies have been so kind over the years, gifting my children with lovely handmade clothing, nappies and goodies, and offering an encouraging word on those days when I really needed one.
Recently, some of us on this forum got together and arranged a swap of felt food. We all made mass amounts of something, sent them all to an organiser (thanks Kaz!) and she distributed a set to each of us.
Here's what we got - the tomato, cheese and lettuce is what I made. Aren't they cute?! Go on, make some. You know you want to.
And here's what the kids and I spent yesterday afternoon doing. Did you hear any ranting obscenities? It wasn't me, I promise **darty sideways glance**
The children managed the icing and decorating well, using royal icing in a small snap-lock bag. Much easier to handle for small hands than a piping bag. We learned a few tricks along the way, such as the fact that 2 halves of a boiled sweet make a perfect stained glass window - one whole sweet didn't melt fast enough, and smaller bits tended to blend too much and burn. Don't ask me how many we made before we realised this!