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So Charley got a lot of stuff this Christmas. Mainly because I am a big fan of Christmas spoiling, and less of a fan of spoiling year round. Plus, I love buying gifts so it's fun for me too. It evens out though I think: I don't buy her a toy every time we go into Target, and she gets spoiled on birthdays and Christmases. I like it. Santa was on board with that too, so it all worked out.
Anyways, here's what my little cutie was spoiled with this year, and how she likes them all so far.
Playskool Mr. Potato Head Super Spud
I got this when it was a super good deal at Kohl's. It's for age 24 months and up, but I knew she would like it and not swallow a potato mustache. I was so right. This is probably the thing she's played with the most. She loves to dump out all of the pieces and place eyes where hats go, noses in arm holes, and wear the glasses herself. I give Santa an A+ on this one.
Ready for School Elmo
Ready for School Elmo
I told you about this one here. She's done the puzzle a time or two, but isn't really into it just yet. I'll give her time. I mean, I haven't done my puzzle yet for the year either.
Melissa & Doug 20 Animal Magnets in a Box
early. She was trying to play with a couple of my parent's refrigerator magnets that day, and they really weren't much fun so I decided to dig these out of the closet and give them to her then. Loved them. I tend to stand behind her and make the animal's sound as she puts them on the fridge, too. I do a really good elephant, but my panda bear and bunny could use some help.
Fisher-Price Little People Play 'n Float Bath Boat
But the bath toy she likes even better she got from her Uncle Colt and Aunt Racheal. It's a turtle that floats on the water and is a shape sorter.
My First Crayola Character Crayon
Little People Figure Set Hedgehog Campfire Set
I had inside information that Charley was getting a couple of Little People sets from other family members, so I wanted to find a little set of extra people to go with them. Every set I found was either cartoon characters (bleh! no!) or had random things included that weren't people. Like this set. A hedgehog, an explorer girl, and a campfire! Would another little people have been too much to ask? She likes them though, even the campfire.
Little People: Barn & House & Car Track
These weren't from Santa, but from Charley's Gamma, Great Aunt Sharon and Aunt Christy. So far they've been a hit!
Leap Frog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket
Cabbage Patch Kids Baby Doll
had seen my nieces with their dolls and kidnapped one of them as her own. She kisses this baby a thousand times a day and stuffs the paci and bottle in her mouth too. This is definitely one of her favorite things!
There are a few other things too, and I feel awful because I listed some of the gifts from other family members but not everything. She really likes it all, but this is getting ridiculously long and verging into show-offy, and that's not my intention at all. So, please know she loves what you got her too!
And then, her big gift. As if we hadn't given her enough as it is. (I know, I know.)
But this is where it got really fun!
If you've been around here for long at all, you know I'm a big fan of the blog Young House Love. They have a daughter about a year older than Charley and are the most creative people on the planet, so my plan is to copy all of their DIYed gift ideas for their daughter forever. First up was this kitchen they built.
We bought an old cabinet from the Habitat For Humanity ReStore, just as they did. John and my dad built the countertop, backboard and shelf and then John painted it. I would give more details, but there are already good instructions at Young House Love where I got the idea.
We opted to add the backboard and the shelf so we could hang things from it. And so I could add a backsplash. I HAD to. Those subway tiles were only $.22 each!
Lots of things were from the dollar store: the wire cooling racks used in the oven, the red fruit basket, the cupcake pan and 8x8" pan, all of the red utensils that are hanging, the dishtowel, and the basket and plastic jars on the shelf.
The burners are trivets found at Wal-Mart for $5 each. The sink is a dog bowl from Wal-Mart. A mixing bowl could be used instead, but I wanted something shallow so we wouldn't lose too much space under the sink.
We struggled finding a faucet and knobs. And then we got creative and realized buying a new faucet for $22 to use for this was stupid, and came up with the PVC-pipe-spray-painted-silver faucet. Then, we were going to use the same knobs as we used for the oven for the faucet, but my dad found some old real knobs in his garage and donated them to our cause! Yay for free!
To stock the kitchen, we bought the following:
Melissa and Doug Wooden Pots and Pans
Melissa and Doug Wooden Cutting Fruit (her favorite thing about it all)
Melissa and Doug Wooden Pantry Items
IKEA Pots and Pans (from Gamma and Grandaddy)
And then, I wanted to add a wooden sign to personalize the kitchen, and I knew just the person who could make that for me. My dad is pretty great with his router, and didn't mind one bit making this sign for me. He traced over my hand written letters, and I was left with this to paint on Christmas Eve night. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute)
I think it came out pretty great, and Charley thinks so too!
I know we overdid it, but we honestly didn't spend very much at all. I am a cheap-o bargain shopper, and NONE of the stuff I bought was regular price. Well, except for the stuff at the dollar store. You know, they send out an ad in the paper sometimes and yet everything is still one dollar. I mean, can I at least get a nickel off?