Sometimes you just need to experience the joy of making and it has to be said, Christmas offers a ready-made theme to explore.
So I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator and the graphics tablet, making repeat patterns (very quick go):
Free machine stitch for my cards:
Plain old Sharpies for my wrapping paper:
Teaching myself lino cutting for more wrapping paper and piecing together a few decorations on the machine:
And a rather haphazard clay garland for the 12 days of Christmas:
As there’s not getting away from the festive theme with children, even if you wanted to, it’s a case of: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. And make it work for you.