Our handmade holiday attempt was highly successful. Very simple. Just what we hoped for. There were lots of whispered conversations. Rooms that were "off-limits". Baskets of yarn and fabric scraps on the floor in the studio. Excited children wanting to give their gifts first.
The handmade gifts were simple and sweet.
These pencil cases were projects my daughter worked on made out of wool felt from the stash. She did these completely on her own. We had spent time together this past summer giving her sewing lessons. She loved it. I loved it. She learned on my mom's old Elna sewing machine, the very one I learned on as a child. Amazing to see that circle around.
It was lovely to see her head downstairs to the studio to sew "something". She has plans, I tell you, for lots of projects. Hmmm, I wonder where she gets that from?
A decoupage notebook made from old school papers. Now that is putting homework to a good use don't you think?
The boys both worked on some watercolor cards. Creating their own pictures with no guidance from me except ummmm, how about the wet brush stay over the table instead of the floor. Thank goodness for watercolor.
"Dog in Sunglasses".
You know, very important descriptive names.
A very simple gift idea that was well received and useful. That might just be my favorite kind of gift.
On to these darling knit pigs. The pattern from here. My daughter had a great time discovering just how to knit these, seam them and wrap them in record time. They were even more delightful in person...just look at those sweet faces.
Then there was this...
This by far was the favorite gift. A tap board modeled after this one. Our girl loves to tap well, everywhere in the house. So her brother who likes to build things out of wood thought this would be the perfect gift for her. Research was done. We discovered we had most of the materials and so he began.
The big daddy helped him cut the wood to size. He sanded and sanded. Then coated it with a layer of beeswax. Fabric was then stapled to the bottom over a piece of foam. The result was a delight. We all could hardly wait for her to open it up on christmas morning.
I, unfortunately, did not get pictures of the woodworking process. I was too busy creating distractions and keeping the other three out of the way so the boys could create.
I did however make up for my lack of photos later when she had her tap shoes on and in motion. Of course I won't mention how many photos I ended up with. Nope. I will just say it was fun to lay on my belly attempting to get some mostly in focus.
In the end it had us all wishing we owned some tap shoes.
Although the holiday was not 100% handmade in the end we did manage to do about 85% of it handmade. Maybe next year we can start before November. And, it was an improvement and something we look forward to doing again.
The best part was that the children loved it. They had more fun giving this year than receiving and isn't that what its all about?
I also knit up a few things that I will share with you all tomorrow as this post seems to be quite long enough.
Enjoy your Monday!