James will be celebrating his third birthday on Sunday and I wanted to send something extra special. Something that was from the heart that also had a handmade element. If you haven’t noticed I have been on a handmade kick lately. My goal is to incorporate this into most of my gift giving if not all if possible. It has been a lot of fun and a huge learning experience to be able to do such projects. Anyway as I said for James’ birthday this year I had something extra special. My parents were able to come across a train set that belonged to his Uncle Richie. So I knew what I must do pass it along as I knew he would want. They shipped it to me and I went to work on an extra special presentation of the train set that had no box. I went to Michael’s and bought to plain wood boxes, some wooden letters, two wooden train decals, paint, brushes, and clear coat (polyurethane). To work I went. After a couple of coats of paint and the clear coat Dave and I felt it was missing something. So off to Wal-Mart we went in search of some felt to insert into the inside of the box where the trains and tracks would be kept. We also were able to find the perfect card to go along with the gift. A Thomas the Train card that toots when you open it, how awesome is that?! Although he had his Thomas the Train birthday last year I think he will still enjoy it. I’m sorry if the pictures seem excessive, I’m just trying to hone my photography skills and play around with different features on the camera. It is my desire to be better at it. I hope you enjoy the pictures of the finished product. Have a great day.