If you've been here awhile, you know my handwritten Thanksgiving invites have become somewhat of a tradition.
We just invite our families and really they all know they are coming long before these arrive in their mailbox, but it's still fun to make and send them out.
This year, I got Ellerie in on the action and had her paint the white cardstock.
I covered the table with kraft paper and gave her six cards (figuring I'd have a few extra in case of mistakes). I've learned that the "trick" with toddler painting is to squirt a bit of paint on to the surface you want painted then encourage the kiddo to smear that around.
I put a drop of orange, yellow and gold on each card, gave Ellerie a paint brush and let her get to work. I shuffled cards and pointed at drops that needed painting and we were done in five minutes. Not the most "free-form" play ever, but she was interested and enjoyed it. (Afterward she just painted on the kraft paper - and her tee shirt.)
The result was six sweet Ellerie originals. I picked my four favorites and handwrote the details (there are not many - Paul is working on Thanksgiving so we will be celebrating the day after) and added the year. To finish them off, I machine-stitched around the main text with gold thread.
Simple and sweet and out the door (three of my favorite things).