Dad, please don't read this.
My Gran used to make these candy dishes for Christmas gifts every year. She made them out of the Christmas cards she had received the year before. She got many ladies in her church making them for charity. She sold some of hers to a seasonal farmer's market that also sold local crafts. As a kid, I helped make the candy dishes every year.
I only have one left. I don't know how many are floating around the rest of my family. Gran died from cancer in 2000. My last candy dish has held many things and right now holds hair accessories in my bathroom. This year, it will be the model for my Christmas craft.
Here is my vision: instead of using Christmas cards, mine will be hand-painted black on the outside, making it year round friendly and blending with every one's decor. I will use black yarn to hold it together. The inside will be a collection of black and white pictures of my kids. Then, I will be filling each one with sugar free (stevia) fudge. Just about everyone in my family is on some form of a low carb diet.
Here is my schedule:
Have model built, with stencils made.
Have the seven inside pictures picked out, which is tricky since they will be an odd shape.
Have each side printed on card stock, cut and assembled.
Have edges of each side sewn.
Have dishes completely assembled.
I had to wait for Thomas to be born to start getting pictures of him. I usually do projects in a cluster, thus I am a little over a week ahead of schedule, but I may not touch the project again for a while. As long as I stick to each week's deadline, I am fine.
For some family members, this will be the whole Christmas gift. For other family members, we have a budget to buy something else along with this. I will do a separate post about how our family budgets for various people's gifts.