If you are tired of the same ol' mother and daughter bonding activities -- going to the movies, shopping, brunch -- it may be time to add a little zip to your quality time with some easy craft projects. Not only will you be able to spend special time together, but you will also create lasting memories, as well as heirlooms that can be passed down to the next generation.
Is there a certain recipe that is requested for every family function? Perhaps it is a family recipe that has been passed down through the years, or maybe it is a newer recipe that you would like to turn into a family tradition. Put it and other family favorites into a special family cookbook. Many retail stores sell blank cookbooks that you can add your recipes to. For a streamlined look, type up and print your articles and paste them into the cookbook. However, for a homemade, nostalgic look, take the time to hand write your recipes. While you make your cookbook, take the time to exchange memories from when you shared these meals together.
Start off by sitting down together and making a list of family vacations, picnics, reunions, memories and events that stand out as being particularly special to your family. Next, find fabrics or images that you can place on fabric that represent these memories. For instance, if one of these memories was a trip to Disney World, find some Mickey Mouse fabric or the like. Once you have all of your fabric pieces, make a quilt with them. You'll be creating a lasting heirloom that can be passed down and added to for generations to come. And if you don't know how to quilt, now is the perfect time to learn! Mother and daughter can bond even more in a quilting class, which can usually be found through your local craft store.
Take a trip together down to your local craft store and walk through the bead and jewelry-making section. Instead of picking your favorite beads and charms, pick ones you think the other would appreciate. Then, go home and make jewelry for one another. Not only will you have the experience of bonding and creating together, but you will also have something to give each other that represents your feelings for one another, making them truly meaningful.
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