|Ruby's scroll for Craig|
|Ruby's book for Lily|
|Grace's robots for Ruby|
|Nina's slingshot for Craig|
|Ruby's reindeer for me|
|Grace's gift to me|
Ruby made Craig a Chinese-style scroll portrait with the mandarin characters for 'Best Daddy'.
She made Lily a scratch and feel book all about the present that Lily would get for Christmas. Ruby's gorgeous books for Lily have not always been appreciated by their recipient, but this one was.
Grace made Ruby a robot in a robot in a robot in a robot which Ruby oohed and aahed over appropriately.
Nina made Craig a miniature slingshot complete with instructions: put rock in, pull back elastic and rock, let go. The whole thing is about the size of a 5 cent piece.
She also wrote me a classic Nina poem:
Christmas is coming, it's very close
The Christmas tree is up
and this year I want a pup!
The house is decorated for the season,
I love Christmas and here's the reason:
The gifts, the food, the fun and santa
Family and all the fanta!
I can't wait for Christmas eve,
And guess who's coming, Uncle Steave!
Then what a treat, it's X-mas day
and there I'll see Mad Aunt May!
And guess what May, me and Matilda
We all vote for St Killda!
I can't wait for Christmas day
To see Matilda and Aunt May,
pups and toys, food and gifts, seeing santa,
Drining fanta, lollies and uncle Steave
And everything on Christmas eve!
(all spelling and punctuation faithfully replicated)
Ruby made me the rather adorable pipecleaner and painted cotton reel reindeer. But for sheer originality, I can't go past my genius-use-of-recycling gift from Grace. You could tell it was a colander, couldn't you?