We are on a great group board on pinterest full of winter craft ideas. Other pinners on the board include some of our favourite makers and mums, including (in no special order):
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Over here at Windy & friends, we are getting ready for a new story in our series of Appisodes: Windy's Valentine Delight is coming out this week! More news soon, but in the meantime, here is a little Valentine's project we did! Really, you could do this anytime of the year.
We made our scribble cookies with Henry, who was 4 when we made these. To make your own you will need some edible color markers like these ones from Wilton. Edible color markers are basically felt pens with food colouring for ink found in some specialty bake shops — we bought ours online. We found out about them from our friend Lyndsay over at Cococake Land.
We've had ours for a year now and they still work. They have less sugar than icing (in fact they have no sugar), and they don't make a mess. It makes for a really relaxed hands-free session of kid cookie-making with little clean-up time.
1. Make or buy a batch of light-coloured cookies. We made Cinnamon Shortbread adapted from the Gingerbread Shorties at Remedial Eating. The adaptation was: we added more cinnamon ^_^
2. Once they are cool, break out your edible color pens.
That's it! Have a good time in the kitchen.
If you would like to give a Windy app or bundle as a Christmas gift, we've made some badges for you! Just click on any of the badges above to get a jpeg that you can attach to an email.
If you'd like to print out a little certificate, we have a printable one included here.
There are two ways to send apps:
2. If you cannot send a paid app, then you can send a gift card from the App Store, Amazon, or whichever service provider your giftee uses.
We've made some badges that you can attach to an email to your recipient, letting them know that either you have sent them a gift certificate and would like to recommend Windy & friends or that you've sent them one of our apps!
Please let us know if you have any questions or tips about gifting apps — we'd love to here from you.
This is another item on our advent calendar — it's something I've needed more than a few times: gift certificates for digital gifts.
The great thing about buying a digital gift, like an audio book, independent movie or set of apps (all of which I've bought for people) is that they don't take up space, perfect for those people on my list who don't want any more "things", just experiences. They are also great last-minute gifts. However, there's not a nice way to present it — you don't want to just tell the person next to the Christmas tree, you want them to see their gift right away! Gifting apps is the trickiest — you can send a general gift certificate directly from the app store, but how do you recommend one in particular? I've emailed people lists, but it doesn't feel very gift-y.
It's important to let people know to check their email, as they might miss an emailed certificate if they don't know to look for it.
Here is a set of printable gift certificates to show off your purchase with a little style and give the important information to your giftee. These will also let your recipient know that they should check their email, which is important, since people often miss emails from the companies providing the download if they're not looking out for them. Finally, this is a great option for a super-last-minute gift, if you need one :)
Do you have any request or suggestions for a certificate? Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear from you.