This year Christmas is coming to you from the "just jill... Workshop." We don't need no stinking store bought gifts. Just a little imagination and a lotta love and look what one can do.
My niece Taylor is a big fan of the Food Network channel. She loves her some Paula Deen. Last year I introduced her to the concept of saying butter like "buhhhter" and ever since then, anytime we go to bake cookies or make smoothies, she becomes the star of her own cooking show. I love it.
So... What was I to do when I found this chef's hat and apron at Tar'gay in the $1.00 bin? Well, I decided to create her own cooking kit, that's what I did. I personalized the hat and apron, I found some darling little cooking utensils and I created her very own cookbook... "Gettin' Messy with Taylor Jesse..." Inside the book, I put the Rules of the Kitchen, making sure she knows that saftey comes first, a Glossary of all the cooking terms and also 5 fabulous recipes, easy enough for her to cook all on her own. It meant the world to me to get to make all of this for her and even more that she loved it as much as she did.
Now, for my nephew Ryan, TL and I went all out to help him out with his "business." The backstory is: over the Thanksgiving weekend while we spent time with them, Ryan introduced to us to his "business plan." He was officially opening up his very own Mini-Putt golf course, called MulRyan's. He'd thought it through pretty thoroughly for a 9 year old. He claimed himself to be the President of course, he hired TL to be his VP, me to be his Secretary and his little sister as Security Guard. (Because "she's the loudest" he said...) He got very creative and used various shoe boxes, notebooks and toys he had lying around to create the different holes. He turned his closet into his "office," and even had little white sheets of paper for the scorecards. He had a list of rules and regulations and a plan to charge all his "customers" $1.00 to play. We had a blast working with him over the weekend and afterwards TL and I decided to take it that much further.
We got a handful of supplies from Michaels, and we went to town. We created 4 different "holes" for him to use, we made business cards for both he and Taylor making sure everyone knows their repective titles; Pres/CEO and Security. They also got t-shirts with their names and titles. We had a blast coming up with the various ideas and especially the holes incorporating some pictures of his dad and Papa T. TL and I laughed our butts off many times over those... I'm pretty sure Ryan thought it was fun to have these added items to keep his business growing. In today's tough economy, the fact that his business is STILL in business is practically a miracle in itself.
MulRyan's is open for business...
just jill's... Workshop had a very good year...