Wow. Eleven days without a new blog post. My minions readers must feel very let-down. Well, don’t despair! I bring you glad tidings and great homemade Christmas gifts!
I love love love to receive handmade gifts. Yes, I know that pretty much everyone says that. I suspect many of them just say that because they do not want to look materialistic. But I don’t care if everyone knows I’m materialistic because I am – I still love handmade gifts the best of any. I think people know that I’m sincere when I say that too, because I receive a lot of nice handmade things for my birthdays, Christmas, etc. This year was no exception and I’d like to share them with you.
My favorite TV show is “Corner Gas” which the evil minions at CTV in Canada have taken off the air except for the syndicated re-runs. Boo hiss to CTV. I also like to write letters. So my friend Melissa just knew I would love these great Corner Gas notecards that she made me. There are 3 of each of 4 designs. “Hello, Jackass” is my favorite. If you have never seen the show, you are missing out on some seriously funny stuff. And you can even watch it with your kids and grandma without being mortified.
My faithful readers will remember that I shamelessly asked my mother to embroider a page out of a vintage cook book for me. If you are not a faithful reader or are a faithful reader with a sluggish memory, here is the post: https://marybt.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/vintage-thingies-thursdays-funny-cook-books/ (nope, still can’t figure out how to insert a link). Anyway, wonderful mother that she is, she did indeed make me a redwork picture of that page. You can’t tell from the picture, but she mounted it on what I think is an artists’ canvas and then trimmed the outside in red and white ribbon. It is now hanging in my kitchen.
On Christmas Eve, I received a gift from my mom Santa’s Elf. (Isn’t that strike through thing cool? I way over-use it though. That’s okay, because I know apostrophe rules, so I am allowed to break any other rules that I want.) Santa’s Elf made me some pillow cases. Isn’t that the cutest fabric? They fit standard pillows, they are just folded in this picture. I have already put them on my bed.
My sister made me a poured candle. It is lavendar in a two-handled teacup. Very cool. I burn candles almost every day. (My husband is kind of stinky. haha. Just kidding. But I really do burn candles almost every day.)
My aunt made me some recipe cards for my book. In case you can’t tell from the picture, they are 6×6.
My grandma also made me some recipe cards. I think the sock monkey is awesome!
My daughter also received some really great homemade gifts. My mom made her this baby doll blanket to go with the doll baby that she and my dad got her. Mom embroidered Eyeore and then colored him in with Crayola. She chose Eyeore because we are always teasing my dad for acting like him. Once, we gave my dad a stuffed Eyeore doll which he carried in the oh-shit-bar in his truck. He was involved in a head-on collision and when we found Eyeore, he was missing a leg. My dad swears that Eyeore still occasionally says to him, “Remember that wreck? My leg still hurts.” In case you are wondering, the stitching/sewing gene is not hereditary.
My aunt made my daughter this Crayola tote bag. I’m sure you have seen them on Etsy; I bought one for my niece’s birthday this fall. I think they are really great. I had to get new Crayolas for this picture since my daughter ate the original ones within about 32 minutes of receiving them.
My mom made fire starters for my husband since we mostly heat our house with a wood-burning stove that he made. I didn’t take a picture of them because, well, they aren’t much to look at. But they burn really well. She makes them for him every year and he always uses them. She uses dryer lint, and the melted remnants from candles and then pours it into a cupcake holder.
As you can tell, we made out like bandits this year. We are truly blessed.
My daughter made her own wrapping paper. Because of the nature of my business (construction), I have access to old prints. They make great wrapping paper because they are about 34″ x 44″. This year, Shelby colored the back side of the prints and we used that as the wrapping paper. Here’s a picture of her coloring (which she loves to do, but you have to give her every single color, she isn’t having any of that red and green only non-sense) and a picture of one of the boxes we wrapped with her paper. And, yes, that is pizza on her face. I guess you will have to revoke my Jingo Mom card. Oh wait, I never got one issued to me in the first place. Things like this are probably why.
Isn’t that ribbon nice? I got it at Costco. It takes a stronger woman than I will ever be to pass up 50 yards of ribbon for $6.99.