First of all I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! My Christmas was busy, busy and very nice! A lot of great times with family and wonderful gifts of course. This is just one of the handmade projects from this Christmas season. My 9 year old daughter made this Gingerbread House with grandma. I love how this picture turned out, I think I’ll use it for my Christmas card next year :)
With all the excess involved in holidays these days it’s easy to get caught up in consumerism. I feel strongly about making as many Christmas gifts as I can. Not just for budget reasons, but for thoughtfulness. I feel a gift shouldn’t be a regurgitation of a “wish list”. I don’t like the “go buy this for me” attitude that can be a trap in the bustling around of the season. I feel a gift should be thoughtful, not an obligation. I’m well aware my family doesn’t agree, but I do my own thing anyway :) So they receive handmade gifts whenever possible. This year I made each of my kids a set of pajamas to go along with their store bought gifts. I also had fun making a gift for my 1 year old nephew. I made this bean bag set with his name on it and decoupaged a hat box for him to store the bags and use as a basket for tossing them.
In addition to this bean bag set and the jammies, I also made each of the ladies a scrabble tile necklace. Every year I make the grandparents a digital scrapbook from Shutterfly. I also make one at the end of each year for each of my kids. Here is the one I made for my son. I’m not sure the embed code is working so if you’re interested you’ll need to click on the link :)
My daughter received a Journey Girl 18″ doll for Christmas from grandma. I made her a couple outfits to go along with it. I’ll try to get the dolly to model those for me and post those soon. In the mean time, have a Happy New Year!