dear santa,

As parents, some of us are Santa Clause apologists, while others are a little bit on the fence. Do we push this idea on our kids, or do we go another route? We know we had these same questions, but it seems kids find their way to the magic of Santa Clause with or without our help! Here’s a couple projects you can do with your kids to share in their excitement for The Big Guy.

First, a letter (and free printable!) to Santa hand lettered by Maypole.

And next, we have quickly become obsessed with Pebeo’s porcelain markers. You can draw and erase as much as you’d like until your find your perfect design, then just bake for a bit and you’re done! Here are a few designs we whipped up for the kids to put their cookies for Santa on:

Thanks to Pebeo and Maypole for sponsoring this project post!

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Congratulations to Michelle Botkin who won this giveaway!

We must really be feeling the Holiday spirit with all these giveaways! We just love you that much. We know most either love or hate ’em, so we appreciate your patience this month!

For today’s giveaway we wanted to share our boys’ holiday best ensembles. Nothing is cuter than seeing your little sprouts dressed to impressed. Whether it’s for a formal party, or church services, you can’t beat a boy in a tie!

Two special items we’d like to point out in these dapper looks are the belts, by My Baby Belts. If you have boys then you already know how hard it is to find belts for them, maybe it’s the same deal for girls as well? Either way, My Baby Belts makes durable leather belts with darling designs, bright colors, and embellishments.

Also, each of our boys are sporting the wonderfully high quality neckwear from Colin’s Closet and they are hosting today’s giveaway for $50 to the shop! If you don’t want to risk it you can get 20% off by using the code SMALLFRY20.

To enter:

1. Visit Colin’s Closet and let us know your favorite neck piece.

2. Like Colin’s Closet on Facebook for insider deals and discounts.

3. Instagram a pic of a favorite outfit of your own, or your favorite kiddo. Use #smallfrythreads and mention us @smallfryblog so we can see it!

4. For 5 additional entries put our button on your blog linking back to Small Fry.

Want more details about our boys’ holiday looks? Keep reading… Continue reading holiday best [closed]

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Congrats to our winners Iris T and Stacie Rogers for winning these gift guides!

Today we are teaming up with our friend Jillee again sharing our favorite gifts for boys and girls, and we’ll be choosing one winner  for the girl’s guide and one for the boy’s to have delivered right to your door! There are so many of these floating around, so we weren’t sure if the internet could take another one, but it is our most requested post by far, so here you go friends!

If you’re looking for a gift guide filled with great gifts to put on your own list, check out Jillee’s favorite things giveaway happening today, too! Also, check in later this week for another giveaway filled with gifts for the whole family. Now, onto the kids!

First, for girls valued at nearly $400! Whether it’s handmade gifts like the modern Hot Air Balloon mobile, or doll and doorway puppet theater from Land of Nod. Gifts to spark her imagination like the Roald Dahl book set, Ikea Art Easel, Pottery Barn Dollhouse or Melissa and Doug Cookie Set. Add on a pair beautiful J.Crew glitter flats, or the timeless Fjallraven Kanken backpack to help get her where she needs to go!

For boys, it’s all about beautifully designed pieces that can take a beating. Wood toys from Melissa & Doug and Dwell. Sturdy Hunter wellies, the thick canvas Deuz playmat (seen in yesterday’s post), a wood toy airport Plan Toys are all going to stand test of time. For all that energy they carry around we love the Penny skateboard, Kid O Bilibo chair, and Prince Lionheart Wheely Cow. There are so many beautiful books out there, but we love Miroslav Sasek‘s “This is” series that teaches us about new and exciting places.

Are you ready to win?

1. Leave a comment letting us know which gift guide you want to come home with you!

2. For extra entries follow Small Fry or Jillee on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities: Facebook (Small Fry / Jillee) Instagram (@smallfryblog / @jillsgoodthings) Pinterest (Small Fry / Jillee)

3. Instagram your favorite item on any of these gift guides (or Small Fry’s button below if you can’t choose just one) using and tag us #smallfryfavoritethings.

4. For 5 extra entries put Small Fry’s button on your blog and link here

small fry christmas cards

Now that all our Christmas greeting cards are signed, sealed and delivered, we can finally share them with you! Bri of Collected Blog designed each of them and she nails it every time. We kept our cards a surprise from one another and even thought it was risky, luckily they all ended up unique to each of us.

Nicole went simple in design and brought big punches of color with their family photo.

Christmas Greeting Card by Collected Blog

Jenna shared her family’s year of traveling and installed a little baker’s twine map!

Travel-log Christmas Card by Collected Blog

 Emily put together an infographic marking the year in numbers, milestones, travels, and funny tidbits.

Infographic Christmas Card by Collected Blog

No matter what you need for your Christmas card greeting this year, Bri is your girl. She can do it all, check her blog and portfolio out here. She’s also running a 12 Days of Free Downloads for Christmas, and they’re flawless. Check it all out here.

Happy holidays from us to you, if you’d like to swap cards digitally, link to your own Christmas card posts in the comments, we’d love to see what you cooked up!

Styling Credits: Washi Tape provided by The Sewing Post, lumberjack by Roxy Marj.

family christmas tree

We shared this project over at Say Yes to Hoboken today, and it’s a super easy and modern addition to any holiday decor! You can read all the instructions at Say Yes, and even download a free printable for this awesome antler tree topper! Head over and say “Hi!” for us!

Check out the post over at Say Yes to Hoboken here.

Thanks to Pebeo for the craft supplies and Nico Nico Clothing for the darling t-shirts!

Sponsor Info:

Pebeo is a leading art supply company based in Canada, they make paints that work on any type of surface or material and they have generously donated craft supplies for all of our holiday projects this month. Check them out and spark your creativity!

You’ll be seeing lots more of Nico Nico Clothing, they are based in LA and manufactured in the US as well. We’re smitten with their line and can’t wait to show you more!

Small Fry Films: Winter Workshop

Meet the McPhersons: Kristina, Bella, Coco and Miles. Today while the man of the house, Ben, is busy being a professional painter, Kristina is concocting tiny works of art with her three beautiful kids for their tree. Kristina’s interactions with her kids were so consistently sweet, it reminded us of this quote by Rose Kennedy, “I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.”

Even when she thought we weren’t watching, when the camera wasn’t rolling, Kristina handled her children with the care that you would a glass ornament for the top bough of a tree. Her ongoing patience and concern for her children was something to aspire to, especially in this season devoted to showing our loved ones how we truly feel about them. Check this film out to get you in the holiday spirit in a hurry!

Film by Jenner Brown of Lumineux Films for Small Fry.

See more of Kristina and family on instagram @kristinamcpherson.

Watch the rest of our Small Fry films here.

christmas countdown

On this, the last day before December, we want to share a darling junior sized Christmas countdown chain, just like we used to make as little girls. We debated an advent calendar, but all our kids are four or younger, and trying to keep those mitts off twenty-five tiny presents is almost laughable. This paper chain is a lot less headache and you can personalize each link with a holiday activity, act of service, or even a little love note.

Tori of That Pair of Crutches (a must read, darling blog, and also an Etsy shop, enter SMALLFRY for 15% off) whipped up this free printable for us and we know you’ll love it, too!

Here is what’s included in the download, click “download” at the bottom of this post to access the file. If you’d like to make the links a more standard size, print double the amount of link strips and connect them together, easy enough! We just love anything mini, and this goes for our countdown chain as well.

Christmas Countdown Printable 1

 Small Fry Christmas Printable 2

Small Fry Christmas Printable 3

Read or Shop That Pair of Crutches

Also, congrats to Paige Young and Lindsay of Run Lucas Run for winning the pairs of Freshly Picked moccasins via Brickyard Buffalo! Email us your addresses and we’ll get them sent right over!

snowman dress-ups

Playing in the snow is such a wonderful activity, in theory. It’s a lot of work to get kids ready to face the elements, that is if the elements will come to you at all in the first place. So far we haven’t seen much snow where we live, so this is an awesome project that you can use all winter long with or without snow on the ground and snow gear is optional. To keep it extra cozy, might we suggest Kicky Pants pajamas? There is virtually nothing softer out there. Here’s what we did:

Using felt we cut out a giant snow man – one large white circle, one medium, one small. Then let your imagination run wild! We cut out classic snow man accessories and some fun additions like boots, glasses, and a moustache. Affixing velcro to the back of each accessory is what makes this activity so fun. The silly combinations are endless, as we quickly found out.

Thanks to Kicky Pants for providing this unbelievably snuggable indoor snow man building gear. Check their line out here, we can’t recommend it enough.

a hip handmade holiday

We are huge fans of Thanksgiving, so you won’t see a lot of Holiday posts until after that point, unless they’re amazing and you need to see them like, now! A Hip Handmade Holiday by the Craft Pack is one of those things. A downloadable e-book with 150+ interactive PDF pages, 18 crafts, 9 instructional videos and 100+ downloadable stickers, tags and printables. The designs have the Small Fry stamp of approval; they are all beyond darling, while still maintaining their cool factor.

The Craft Pack had Small Fry come and give their crafts a try and it was a wonderful weekend full of inspiration. Emily made the Book with Pop! a pop-up book featuring pictures of her boys, check out her video with the Craft Pack below:

We are all excited to make these things for the Holidays, and they have everyone on our lists covered: Gifts for Gents, Gifts for Ladies, Gifts for Four-Legged Friends, Gifts to Treasure, Gifts for the Home and Gifts In a Hurry.

Here are some of the crafts you can do with your kiddos:

Nutcracker Bowling, a darling decor item that doubles as game time!:

nutcracker bowling

Gifts in a Hurry, a perfect way to get your kids in on the gift giving process:

last minute gifts


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Lumberjack Breakfast, how cute would it be to throw a breakfast party with your kids and their friends? We’d probably make them wear flannel and fake beards, and then have a cuteness overdose.

lumberjack breakfast

There are so many more crafts to try, A Hip Handmade Holiday is a genius little piece of art. Go, buy, and love!

And congratulations to The Craft Pack for such a huge success! Small Fry loves you.Small Fry and the Craft Pack

Nicole, Alison, Jenna, Susan and Emily.

Buy A Hip Handmade Holiday here!

Video and Photography Credit: Vivint / Wall in video by Walls by Mur / Video Music by Pleasant Pictures