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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Boring, but thrifty

Some days I really just have nothing to blog about. Isn't that sad? I live in Europe for goodness sake. My life should be exciting and my blog should be filled with beautiful photos, fabulous events, overnight get-a-ways to historic, glamorous places, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, real life (and lack of funds) get in the way of all the excitement and glamor. Not to say we don't have money, but we'd like to have money when we're older too, so the jet-setting is not done as frequently as we would like. This of course doesn't leave me with a whole lot to blog about. Actually, I probably have a lot that I could blog about, but it's just dull, every day stuff. Yawn. I decided to rifle through my photos on my computer to see if I could come up with something. I did! In fact, I came up with several posts, but I'm going to have to stretch them out. Today I'm going to show you a little project I did back in Sept, while we were still in AZ. I totally stole this from The Nester, BTW.

We had 3 brothers in our homeschool group that Indy loved. The oldest (7) and the youngest (4) had birthdays 2 days apart. They had a little combined b-day party that we were invited to and I needed to come up with some gifts. These boys had a ton of stuff already, and their mom asked us to only bring small gifts if we brought any at all. I remembered a post I saw over at Nester's place quite a while back and decided I would swipe the idea. Well, I guess I didn't really swipe it, since she put it out there for anyone to see. She's nice like that. If you haven't been there, WHY NOT? Go there! She's amazing. Wait until you're done with this post though. ;)

So, Indy and I hauled ourselves over to the local dollar store and found some packs of little action figures, some Chinese style take-out boxes and ribbon. Here's what we ended up with:

I made 3 because even though it was only the oldest and youngest boys b-days I could leave the middle one out. They got a firefighter set, a police set and an Army set. Pretty cute, huh? The boys loved them (of course!) and the moms all thought it was an adorable gift and complimented me on my creativity. I have to say, I did take full credit for it and didn't tell them I got it from Nester. I'm sure she's fine with it though.

Indy made the 2 b-day boys cool pop-up cards. He was really proud of his creations.

And there you have it. My not-quite-as-excting-as-I'd-like post. Enjoy and big interwebs hugs to Nester for being so super fab.


monica said...

What a cool idea. I love the boxes.

Remodeling Guy said...

Those little gift boxes are great! I'm sure our youngest son would love them! He's a major Army Man fan!
Thanks for your comment on my post at Nesting Place! Come by my blog if you ever need any ideas.
Remodeling Guy

The Nester said...

I think they look maahvalous! I think I'd like one with a chocolate truffle on top and it full of chocolates.

Natalie said...

I feel you regarding the lack of blogging topics lately. I'm not sure what my deal is but I just haven't had anything post worthy to say.

Love the gifts. They would be cute for a teacher gift during the holidays!

Okay, I'm going to check out Nester's site, right now!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning, it is so nice to meet you..Your gifts turned out great.. I may have to borrow that idea. We have a b/day party on Sunday to go to for a little guy..Thanks for swinging by my place to see the chalk art. I look forward to getting to know you.. I'll just pop onto your followers list so I don't miss a thing.. have a super day my friend..
hugs ~lynne~

Katie @ said...

haha! I can totally relate to the "I'm in Europe; I SHOULD have something to write about" feeling. We had all these great plans for traveling, then we got so wrapped up in this kitchen project (and so did the money). So maybe one day you and I will get out there! In the meantime, I love embracing the parts of European life that I feel so lucky to experience.
Your Egyptian meal sounds like such a blast!

Infarrantly Creative said...

I love cute. I am going to steal that one. I love the little take out boxes. What a great touch.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Love it~what a cutie!

Gigi said...

I think they are adorable. Presentation is everything!

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