I posted awhile ago about the "Elf on the Shelf" tradition that we are adopting this year. But the elf that was on the website was so creepy, and I couldn't find a plush one anywhere! I used my cricut paper doll cartridge and printed out an elf die-cut on white paper, then used that to make one out of scrap pieces of felt. I cut out 2 of each clothing piece and hair so that he'd have a back side too, then sewed him up! The first one I made was for the Papas. I have since made 2 more elves. One for us, and one for a lady who saw a picture of him on a Coast Guard Wives website in the craft forum. She e-mailed me to ask if she could buy one!
So I sent her one with a drawstring bag, custom letter for her kiddos, decorated envelope from the North Pole, and a print out of the origional Elf on the Shelf Story. I was up til midnight finishing the one I was selling, but it was a lot of fun and Derrick was preparing his lesson for church anyways!
Here he is in all his 10 inches of glory... He arrived in the "mail" today from the North Pole (ok, I door bell ditched him on the porch after lunch) We read the letter, named him "Elfy", and quickly put him on the fireplace mantle. They can't wait to see where he is going to be in the morning. Dallin was giddy, very giddy. It was so much fun. They wondered why he was made of fabric. I told them that he came to life at night when he flew back to the north pole, but he turned back into a doll in the morning because a real elf would be too big to sit on a shelf. They bought it :)
This little elf is on his way to my other kids, Natalie, Evan and Miles right now ;)