a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Give the Gift of Fingerprints!

Fingerprints can be put to good use when you

This is a fun activity and a fun gift. This is "thumpkin" that almost anyone of any age can make and almost everyone will appreciate receiving. They are simple, quick and inexpensive. Even "addictive!" You can purchase stamp pads in a variety of colors or you can make your own. Fine line marking pens add the highlights. Since paper can be cut to any size, I find it best to purchase my envelopes first and and cut the paper to fit.

You can put your "thumbkin" in just one corner or you can have them march across the page.
Here are some ideas to get you started, then your imagination can take over.


You can make your own stamp pads by folding a paper towel so you have several thicknesses. Wet the towel and then squeeze out most of the water. Put the damp towel on an old plate. Pour coloring (thin paint, drawing ink, or food coloring) onto the towel. If the pad gets dry, add drops of water or more coloring. You can also use a sponge or a folded cloth for your pad.
    FYI: This illustrations in this post are from "Simply Stuff for Special People,"  
one of my previously self-published bookettes.

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