HOMEMADE GIFTS: Gifts Straight To My Heart!
When I was growing up, the few weekends before Christmas my Dad began disappearing into “Santa’s Workshop”, i.e. our garage. My Mom, not to be out elfed, bonded with her sewing machine. Many wonderful gifts emerged from those workshops; a puppet theater, life size dolls (wearing clothes that we had recently grown out of), a workbench, wooden cars and trains, photo albums and stained glass ornaments to name just a few. I have always loved gifts that were made for me. I love the thought and effort that goes into them and I love the end results!
This year, my daughter and her boyfriend stepped up to the plate. Katie recruited Brad to reclaim a piece of the pine tree in our yard that we had to trim to make space for our workshop. He grabbed a branch and cut it into slices for Katie, who took the ball from there.
From those slices, Katie sanded, wood burned, added cork to the backs and finished those tree slices until I had not only coasters, but a sign to hang on our house as well. Aren’t these awesome? Rumor has it that her boyfriend stepped in to help when time got tight. Thanks Katie and John!
John was not to be outdone by Katie’s creativity. He made this handpainted candle holder for our Berlin home.
Perfect for our house.
This year our son asked for a custom built book/stereo case that will fit into his tiny Brooklyn living room. So he received a bunch of sketches for Christmas with different design options. You will be seeing this project in process in 2015. This is going to be fun to make!
Happy New Year! Bring on the 2015 projects!
THIS JUST IN: some iphone photos of my coasters in use.