A couple of weeks back we had a welcome change in our routine when Shreya and Akshay visited us. They are my husband's eldest brother's children aged 13 and 10 respectively. We had so much fun together. They are adorable kids who love crafting. We shopped for craft supplies, made cards, talked and laughed a lot. The kids and me also made a custard cake which turned out super delicious. I also taught them how to make their own washi tape.
As gifts Akshay got story books and Shreya got this crochet sling bag. This started as a clutch which I lined with felt and plastic canvas to give it structure. I also added a magnetic snap closure and a cute flower button on the flap. The strap was Shreya's idea - of course teenagers prefer sling bags don't they? The addition was very last minute. She braided the yarn and I attached it. She absolutely loved the bag.
Akshay did not get anything handmade on this trip because I'm totally clueless as to what to make for boys. For the girls I can think of a thousand things to make, So I asked Akshay himself. Pat came the reply - a pencil pouch! And the creative person that he is he gave me a drawing of how he would like the pencil pouch to look. That will be quite a challenge - making sure that the pouch turns out to be like what he has drawn. Hmmm....but secretly I feel like a superstar because they believe that I can make anything :) Wish me luck with the pouch!