The past few weeks have been filled with family celebrations, gift-making, gift-giving, and so much food! And while this little blog of mine was on my mind off and on throughout the festivities, I decided it was time to take a little break from it and simply be immersed in the all of the wonderful things that were happening around me. I hope you were able to do the same!
However, I thought it was about time to get back into the swing of things and share with you a bit of the handmade goodness that was gifted this Christmas. There was less making this year than there usually is, with a late end to the school semester, choir concerts, and all things baby-related, but I was rather pleased with the few handmade things that did make it under the tree.
The first of the handmade gifts was for our two 1.5 year old nieces. For each of them I made a Pointy Kitty (pattern by WeeWonderfuls). The girls were delighted with their kitties and both proceeded to cuddle and kiss them, and make everyone else do the same. I do love handmade gifts that get that kind of reception!
For our little nephews, I made them each a set of woodland creature finger puppets (an original creation by yours truly). I love creative play toys! While they often get quickly tossed aside for flashier, more recognizable toys in the excitement of gift opening, the little ones tend to come back to the creative play toys later in the day and get lost in their own little worlds creating characters, voices, and stories all on their own. The spontaneous puppet shows that I saw throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were delightful.
There were also a few knitted gifts finished moments before gatherings and given before pictures could be taken, but what would Christmas be if it didn't include last minute handknits!? This year's knits included A Very Gifted Cowl and a pair of socks.
The last of the handmade gifts included bottles of our favorite coffee liqueur (recipe in Homemade Pantry), also made just days before being gifted. My family knows me well enough to expect things like coffee liqueur and soap to come with a "best if used after date." In spite of the recommended waiting period, the coffee liqueur was fought over and won with triumph in our annual dice game. I'd say it was a hit!
How about you?? Did some lovely handmade items make it under your trees this year?? I sure do hope so. I love how handmade gifts bring more meaning back into what has become such a consumer driven holiday. There is something so loving and intentional about the making process that reminds me of the importance of giving and showing others how they are worth more than our money, they are worth our time, energy, and creativity as well.
As we wrap up this year and move into the next, I wish you all a very happy evening of celebrations and a fresh start into the year that awaits us!