Ever since I saw the butterbeer recipe
on Chica and Jo's blog, I've been planning this basket. Being kind and generous, Chica and Jo made a recipe card that can be downloaded free. They even offered very reasonably priced stencils
at their online store
so that I could copy their etched butterbeer mugs. It's so nice to have someone else imagine great things for me ;-})
I thought that the first Harry Potter book, a copy of the recipe which soon became two recipes when they created a hot version, some butterbeer mugs, and a few other Harry-inspired items in a basket would be a great way to introduce a special young one to Harry this Christmas.
So here it is. Yeah, it needs a few more things, but it's a good start.
In back of the book, is the black Hogwart's robe from a simple pattern found here
. Wrapped around is a polar fleece scarf in Gryffindor's scarlet and gold colors. This is just rectangles of polar fleece, twice as wide as long, sewn together. Then the strip is folded in half lengthwise to get the square blocks of color. The edges are sewn all around leaving a spot large enough to turn it right-side out. Last, that opening is sewn closed.
My mugs--actually very large cups--were too rounded to use the full stencil. I HATED losing the lovely decorative edging, but they look really great with just the lettering. This picture doesn't do them justice. I love the font Chica and Jo used.
In back of the mugs, you can see the recipe card Chica and Jo made. I printed both recipes on nice heavy card stock and used double sided tape to put them back-to-back. Laminating them would be even better. They'd make a great bookmark!
Last is the wand. It's just an old long-handled paint brush. I took the brush part off, sanded it, painted it black, and covered that with gold glitter paint. Yes, I know there were no glittery wands in Harry Potter. I think Hermione and Ginny would have wanted them, though.
I need to find some Harry Potter candy to finish this off. It's not even Thanksgiving and one Christmas gift is done! We just won't think about the fact that I'm still working on the Thanksgiving tablecloth and napkins. Well, maybe it will be the Christmas tablecloth with napkins.