Friday, January 8, 2010

Handmade by Others

I wanted to bring our Handmade Holidays to a close with our beautiful gifts handmade by others. All of these truly are treasures as are the people who made them. I have such a love for all things handmade; along with being able to know who exactly made the product, and seeing the incredible workmanship (I swear you can see and feel the love put into every single thing made), you get to develop new friendships by speaking with the artisan directly, and in some cases help support friends you already have.



Buntspechte Mama bear from The Puppenstube (the baby bear was being held hostage by C in a doll sling at the time of this photo). The gnome was a gift to K last year, made by Lizz and her inspiring family at Zooloonaturals.




A surprise present for ME (Sorry, I get overexcited, as I am sure a lot of you know firsthand, Mama always puts everyone else first so things for me are few and far between)!! A hand knit shawl from my wonderful friend Christine at The Puppenstube. I became so giddy upon opening this. I have wanted a shawl for so long, Christine's work is amazing and to top it off it's PINK! *insert high pitched girly squeal here* Christine's work can also be found at her new Etsy shop, check it out!!



C's new baby doll (posing with C baby) made by another kind and gifted friend Shelley Caskey of waldorfmama. She made the doll out of my favorite yarn which just happens to match the doll hat she made for C baby last Spring and...


this new pilot cap for C! C is very into her things being 'matchy-matchy' so as you can imagine she loves these. I know it seems like the girls both have a never ending supply of hats, but it is so important to me that their heads are always covered when outdoors (and for C when it's cold indoors) so I like to have a few options for them. Plus there is always the cases of misplaced hats, or a hat being washed, etc.


Well, that's it! I hope I didn't bore you all too much with our first real family celebration of Christmas. I am leaving you with a photo of C from last week. She fell asleep under our tree on one of the dog's beds. I couldn't resist snapping this, who knew a dog bed could be such a restful spot?!



Wishing you all a peaceful weekend!

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23 comments:

mamauk said...

The shawl is absolutely beautiful :-)

Joy said...

Those are such beautiful handmades! I'm so glad you received such a lovely shawl for yourself! I hope you enjoy it immensely. C is a doll resting on the dog bed. :)

Kimberley said...

Ooooh that shall!!!!!!!! I would be soooo giddy with joy too! All the goodness! Cheers to handmade!
Kimberley

Kelly and Kelly said...

These are beautiful - true gifts to be given. I love handmade.

Naturalearthfarm said...

Such beautiful gifts. Thank you for sharing also that shawl. I just barely starting knitting one for myself as I have always wanted one as well.
Our family also purchased a few choice gifts handmade by others that I shared on my blog the other day.
Many warm wishes!
Tonya

waldorfmama said...

oohhh, that shawl! so very beautiful! christine is truly a gifted artist. as is lizz of zooloo naturals (we have our own collection of her little gnomes). and who can resist those gorgeous buntspechte figures? :) like you, we share a love of all things handmade - and what better way to spread that love than to share those things with others? :) (thanks for featuring the doll and hat!) oh yes, and we're all about those matchy-match things here, too. ;) hugs ~ shelley

boatbaby said...

If I had a dog bed like that, I'd sleep there too! Thank you for sharing Nicole - spreading the handmade love is always a good thing!

Jennifer said...

Nothing quite as precious as a sleeping babe. What wonderful gifts, you really can see the love in each one.

angela said...

Oh that shawl is just lovely. I am still waitig for a baby that will just fall asleep like that. Mine have both been so much work maybe number 3.........

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

those are great gifts!
Mama Bear is cute... but not as cute as the sleeping baby!!

vintage girl said...

all are beautiful.
you are great ...
and your baby looks
so sweet.
hugs.

Caren said...

I feel just about ready to curl up on that dog bed with your little one! Thanks for sharing your lovely handmades...

Alicia said...

Beautiful, yay for surprise presents!

Bluebirdbaby said...

Lovely gifts! We did mostly handmade too. So great :)
And I see lots of pink. I'm slowly warming up to pink myself!

tulsileaf.wordpress.com said...

Lovely pictures! Lovely things.

nicola@which name? said...

oh, nicole, beautiful, but it was the photo of C that left me smiling. :)
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

mika said...

the last photo is absolutely priceless!

Lizz said...

Handmade holidays all the way!

Carin said...

What beautiful handmades! Enjoy them all.
I love shawls so to get one would make me absolutely giddy too!

Jessica said...

What beautiful handmade gifts!!

Nicole Spring said...

Would you all believe C seeks out the dogs' beds to nap in?! My crazy girl!!

Thank you everyone!

Mellie said...

That shawl is absolutely gorgeous. I love how everything coordinates beautifully. And the picture of your little one cuddled up on the dog blanket... too precious for words!

Andj said...

That is the beauty of Handmade things isn't it - the fact that you can see the love that has gone into it!

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