BREAKING DOWN CHRISTMAS: Part 2
In my last post, I gave you a little hint at some of the gifts that we made this year. But I’d like to start out by showing you some of the ornaments that have been made for us over the years, as well as some of the ornaments that we have made ourselves. Take a peak at this slide show. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get inspired to pick some post season discounted supplies and get to work for next year. Just click on one of the pictures and you’ll be able to view as a slide show.
I also made some decorations for our mantel this year. I’m trying to think up a new way to use these shell and sea star creations now the Christmas is over.
We made a bunch of gifts this year, which for me is so much more fun than shopping, but I really need to be better about starting sooner. I seem to always under estimate how long it takes to make stuff. One day I’ll learn……maybe.
We made some cutting boards for friends and relatives. Some were made from cherry, walnut and maple, others had mahogany instead of cherry.
All of the wood was left over from other projects over the years. We’re going to have to make some more of these because it was fun and we didn’t make one for ourselves!
This year I also made a t-shirt quilt for Katie, using shirts, some as old as grade school, that she has been holding onto for years. I threw in an old pair of shorts too, just for kicks. I initially promised to do this for her about five years ago and started cutting out the pieces about two years ago. Finally I kicked it into gear and made it happen for this Christmas. The front side is actually t-shirt pieces appliqued onto an old sheet. The back is another old sheet, one of Katie’s favorites, that I quilted to just the backing so that it wouldn’t interfere with pattern on the front of the quilt. Then I tacked the front and the back together in tiny random stitches so that the front an the back stay lined up. Finally, I put blanket binding around the edge. It looks homemade, but it’s from the heart! if you click on the picture, you will be able to see the whole quilt.
This year we also made nightstands for Katie. They will be the subject of our next post. But as a teaser, I will tell you that we used some lath that came form the ceiling and wall that we had to pull down in the green room. So stay tuned.
Part if the reason that I was so excited to make these gifts this year is that we gave some old stuff new life…..old wood, old sheets and old t-shirts. I love when I get to re-use old stuff. It’s my favorite way to recycle!
P.S. We really are still working on the green room, just not getting to it as often as we’d like. Life is good, busy, but good.