Happy New Year!!! I cannot believe that we are already in 2011. I remember in elementary school being asked to think about what we would be doing in 2010 and we laughed because it seemed so far away. Now I have children telling me "You're not old mom...not until I am 60!" So, officially I will not be old until my 89th birthday! I wish everyone all the best in 2011 and happy crafting!
So, as promised I took some pictures of Christmas gifts made by my family. Perhaps they might give you some ideas on how you can simplify Christmas in your home or help you with your Christmas budget because none of these gifts cost a fortune to make.
Gift 1: Grandma had Rosie. I had originally thought that mom would sew something for Rosie so this was a wonderful surprise. At first glance, it looks like Grandma made a photo album but it was so much more.
Grandma caters these days but she was always cooking when I was a little girl. Our door was always open to friends, family and neighbours and I would often (and still do) hear "It doesn't take any effort to add another potato to the pot." I have been after her for years to go through her recipes and sort them out....so she did!
|Rosie's Christmas Album|
|Sample page inside Rosie's Album|
At first I think some of the men in the family were rather stressed about having to "make" a gift but they were great sports about the idea. For most of the year I kept hearing, "I think I'll make..." or "I wish I knew how to..." So, I was anxious to see what my dad had been up to as my dad is a reader (when he isn't helping mom in the kitchen). Well, dad has been busy this year and we are all going to stay warm this year. Dad made the blanket with the orange then was on a roll so mom helped him make one for each of us (somewhat cheating on the rule that you only would give a gift to the person you were to make for but I guess it is a grandparent's right....or so I was told...to break a few rules!) They are so warm....the girls have been dragging their all over the house! (This is our set up for our New Year's Eve camping in the living room but you get the idea)
|Tied Fleece Blankets - Reversible (and oh so warm)|
I may have to put a tutorial up for these!
|Monkey Fist Key Chain|
|The Night Before Christmas as told by my Brother|
When I first opened the box, the girl's stated, "Hey, Uncle E was supposed to MAKE something for you." This was a true case of don't judge a book by the cover. When I opened the book my brother started to read to me....and I started to cry! I am talking about great big crocodile tears dripping off my chin sort of cry! I will always treasure this. Mom and Dad told me that he tried to record it many times but kept getting choked up and would have to start again. My brother and I....we are quite the pair!!
To Be Continued...the last 2 may be Tutorials. I am hoping to get pics of what others received.