It’s funny to think how few days ago Christmas was~seems like it’s been ages, instead of 4 days. I’ll wait until Monday or Tuesday of next week to undo the decorating, but it’ll definitely be put away well before Cole’s big 3rd birthday on the 9th. :) A lot of the boxes have already been picked up by the refuse folks as of this morning, and I put most of the remaining broken down cardboard into the cart as soon as I rolled it into the garage. I love the decorations, but I am ready for just plain old normal—or really, whatever holiday the kids want to gussy up the joint for next (Valentine’s?).
We had our fun making handmade presents, and here are a few of them:
This litter of scotties went up north to live with friends in Portland. (Hope they have made it there and I’m not spoiling anything – I only mailed them on the 21st.) Pattern HERE. We loved these guys so much, we ended up making a few more for closer friends… they’re a good beginner project, and with each dog, Bun was able to do more of the work herself. We also made homemade cat toys with a little catnip in the stuffing. :)
I love this scarf pattern that I used to make my father a muffler. It has a nice checkered effect that looks far more complicated than it is, so I could sit and only halfway pay attention to it while also watching the kids play outside. Carter liked it so much, he wants one, too, though I think he’d weaponize it given the chance. :) Pattern HERE. There are so many patterns in this blog that I want to make. I guess I want to wring everyone I know’s necks (with a scarf), given the time. :)
This stained glass star I gave my sister was handmade, but not by me. I found it HERE. I had envisioned it exactly where she chose to put it, on a high window above the mantle in her living room. Isn’t it a pretty bit of color with that freak semi-blizzard outside? I chose that color because it ‘goes’ with her living room and also in a way, it evoked a starfish to me and a seaside color (she lives near the beach).
We also made blondies, chocolate & mint chip cookies, granola, soup-kits… and Bunny made a papier mache bowl for her grandpa. All in all, I think we put a lot of ‘us’ into the gifts this year, and I think it showed. Bunny and I both are excited to do even more next year. :)