This last week we have been making runes. Not all of us, the older girls are not so interested, but my youngest wild-child is all over it. I made the top two sets from air-dry clay and then painted them and/or added some chalk for color. Lydia made hers from glass mermaid tears and a paint pen. She painted the bottoms first so the rune letter wasn't visible from both sides. I think some pouches or boxes to store these will be made next. I didn't want to use polymer clay for these, although that would have worked great, I just felt these needed to be made from a natural material. I have some wood ones I bought on esty from England that are pretty great, too. These are so fun to make. You can find what the letters mean with a simple search online. I use a book from a set I got back in about 1985. It was actually my brother's book and set of runes and I don't think he knows I took it them from him and still have them.
Unrelated in every way:
This goes under the category of "Why have I never done this before?"
I was making a family favorite, crisp burritos, which I make with refried beans and realized I didn't have any. And then I thought, what the heck, why can't I make them? So, I opened two cans of beans (I used pinto and kidney) added a bunch of salsa and tossed it into the food processor. Done. I know they are supposed to be fried, but why? They were delicious and the girls didn't notice the difference (I do have one super-taster the house and nothing gets past her, but this did). So easy and no going to the store. Win.