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Christmas Crafts

Here are this week's makings--the Icy Hombre poncho in a wave stitch for my mother (a year late) and a knitted gnome puppet for my etsy shop.  I completed the pull-up for Roan, basically a giant tube for a hood, and I've made some doll clothes.  Considering I almost forgot to participate today, I think I'm doing well to get this photo.  I think my mind is drifting around in the clouds of smoke these days.

The few Christmas catalogs are pouring in and the children are dreaming of all kinds of outrageous gifts.  Of course, we've talked and they know that it won't be like that at all.  It never has!  But, I agree that it is still fun to dream and pick out presents.  In that mood, I'm doing some preparations for Advent and some shopping for family members that enjoy suggestions (and my shopping for them).  At our house, the Christmas will be handmade, almost entirely. I'm still early in my planning (which is later than usual), but I think things are coming along.

  • For Willow, an Owl Hat and maybe a matching pair of mittens.  You can never have too many mittens.  I'm not sure of anything else, but she will have a new Christmas dress, too.  I may buy her a new composition book and cover it with one of her paintings.  She would like that.

  • A pop-up doll from The Children's Year for Laurel.  She really loves the cone doll that she got last year.  I can't seem to stop making dolls for her.

  • A Nativity for Roan, at least the Holy Family, to go with a stable that someone else is giving him.  I'm going to use the directions in The Nature Corner, and it will be my first time making a very small doll head.  I'm excited to have a new skill!  Roan just really loves the Nativity and songs like "Silent Night," so I think he will love this.  It's soft and tender and I think little boys need lots of that kind of thing.

  • For family, bird potholders, a holdover from last year.  I found some great cotton batting, so I feel much more optimistic now!

  • Replacement window stars for the ones I lost last year and never found!

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( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Nov. 16th, 2016 09:15 am (UTC)
That sounds like some lovely presents you will be making. It's great to learn new skills isn't it and our children never worry about any imperfections. They treasure the homemade because it is so infused with love. Well done. Look forward to seeing photos nearer the time :-) PS: do you know what has happened to the Goldenhours blog. I can't see it anymore, for weeks. Is it still up and running? Stacey was having so many troubles with her teeth. Wish her well if you hear from her. I know you are friends. I do so love her writing. Take care Anna (amothershares)
Nov. 16th, 2016 11:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! You are right. Stacey decided to stop blogging and focus on her health. I was sad to see her go, because I loved her writing, too. I hear from her from time to time, so I'll send her your good wishes. :-)
Nov. 16th, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yes please do. I hope she will get better soon. Something has to give and it sounds like being unwell and home educating is plenty right now. Shame, I wanted to look back at that Advent post she wrote. I wasn't in the mood at the time ( too early for me!), but she had some good ideas, thoughts. Never mind. Hope she will return one day as it's a beautiful place to visit. :-)
Nov. 17th, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC)
Those sound like wonderful gifts. I think you will put so much spirit into Christmas, making all those things. I admit I am anxious for the gingerbread and evergreen to start filling the house here. But maybe we could get two weeks or so of autumn first? We actually have some leaves changing now! - Stacey
Nov. 17th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely gifts.
( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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