|Baking and crafting all under one roof.|
|Yes, we're in a crafting space. The bunting is the giveaway there.|
|The baking space at the Bake and Crafthouse.|
|Shhhh! Industrious mixing is happening.|
But what to do whilst we all wait for the cakes or biscuits to bake?
|So. Much. Mess. So. Much. Joy.|
|Paper Craft 101|
... before sewing them together to make a dingly dangly Christmas decoration. Simple, sweet and the source of much joy for the tiny ones.
What I found fascinating was how individual each toddler's taste and eye was. One little girl only wanted light green stars on her triangles. Another alternated dark green with light whilst the wee one below decided to have a rectangle in the mix.
|Dingly dangly Christmas decoration|
These little ones found such pride and contentment in making and defining their own style. It's not easy for us mothers to let go sometimes, to let our children just try things their own way and experiment. Every time I do, simply watching and only supporting when asked to (not saying it's easy. It's jolly hard sometimes) I am humbled by what these children create and the pleasure it means for all.
|Oooh. Sparkly decoration for Christmas cupcakes.|
|Kate Alsanjak of the Bake and Crafthouse|
So all hail Kate Alsanjak and the Bake and Crafthouse! She's helping the next generation of creators with a calm and loving hand, giving them (and their mothers!) the confidence to enjoy the simple act of making.
Merry Christmas to you all.
(Images: Bake and Crafthouse, Zoë F. Willis)