Today’s Blogmas prompt is, “Your favourite handmade presents to give or to get”.
I love receiving anything that’s been handmade, as it carries a little bit of the giver with it and that’s precious to me. One thing we’ve been hand-making for a few years now is Christmas cards. In England, it’s a big part of Christmas to give and receive Christmas cards but, where we’re living now, Christmas cards are not sent. To keep the British tradition alive, we began making Christmas cards – for his classmates and their families – when my son entered nursery. We’ve done it every year since then (wow…6 years!). The ones in the image above are ones my daughter made for her friends this year. She had a ball cutting and sticking and colouring. I love that we’ve managed to keep the tradition alive in some little way. [I still remember, from when I was little, the excitement the Christmas Post Box at school used to generate: it was an absolute highlight of the school day, in mid-December, to see a pile of cards arrive and to have the teacher hand you your little pile of cards! I used to resist and save mine to open when I was back home and up in my bedroom. It used to amaze me that someone had taken the time to buy, write on and then send me a card! I used to keep them all by my bed and look at them so many times a day! They were so, so, special to me!]
Aside from this, I’ve been hand making some presents for my daughter (my son’s a bit too big now to get excited over Mama’s handmade gifts, more’s the pity!). My Mum has sent my daughter an American Girl doll for Christmas (to appear under the tree on Christmas morning) so I’ve been busy making her some outfits (a few skirts, some easy blouses and a few pairs of leggings). My daughter is mad for changing her dolls clothes so I know this combination (doll and clothes) will be a hit. I’m also half way through making her a bunk bed (and sheets/quilts) for her doll. Before you all start to think I’m some sort of handicraft whizz, I do love to craft but have not – by any means – made the patterns or anything so accomplished! I found the instructions for various clothes here and here (pinned to my Pinterest) and the instructions for the bunk bed here (again, on my Pinterest boards). [I’m thinking that perhaps a few of you might be interested in the instructions?!].
Can’t wait to see what all the other girls who’re linking up to Blogmas post about today! I’m loving the Blogmas journey: so, so many wonderful posts and so so many wonderful women taking part! As I ‘said’ to Sandra, I hope it becomes a yearly tradition!