aka: Christmas in March. Yeah, I feel pretty ridiculous posting our Christmas handmades this late but I still felt the desire to share them. I hope you will humor me.
Our Christmas was entirely handmade and I would say about 95% of it didn't cost us a thing, we just used items we already had in the house. I think this may be my favorite Christmas yet, too, because so much thought and love was put into everything, even more so than usual. Honestly, I am really beginning to see hardships as gifts and blessings in disguise.
First up is this sweet little package that K brought home with her the last day of school before holiday break. We were not to open it until Christmas morning and oh was that hard for this Mama!!
Inside was this beautiful glass candle holder she had made. It even had a tea light candle she made, as well. It was such a perfect and beautiful gift. I will always treasure it.
Next is C's gift for K. We made her homemade chap stick (using this recipe that we just happened to have all the ingredients for). She loved it and I think it may become a holiday tradition to make.
For Daddy the girls and I made him peppermint bark, his wintertime addiction, using this recipe but altering it with white chocolate chips to save money (yes, Soulemama saved us this year with her recipes! Thank you Amanda!!) He devoured it pretty fast and has been asking for more.
For C, I knit up a new Gnomie, gnomie, gnome hood since her other one was getting small (ravelry notes here). I used the leftover yarn from K's gift which worked out perfect because they love to match and C usually wants whatever K has ;) A big thank you to Shelley for her inspiration and help with my rainbow projects.
C is very into funny faces when it comes to picture taking time now
Lastly - for K, I knit her a rainbow poncho (ravelry notes here)to help keep her warm and to wrap her in the warmth and security of the rainbow bridge she once traveled on 5 years ago.
What did I tell you about C and the camera?!
I unfortunately do not have photos of the sweet gifts K made for C and Daddy. She finger knitted them necklaces and then attached some pendants she made out of modeling beeswax. Daddy's was blue yarn with an angel pendant and C's was rainbow yarn with a heart pendant. The cats have since lost these little treasures, but hopefully they will turn up again soon!
To close out the Christmas season *ahem* here are a couple last photos:
The Shepherd's Play at school
The girls' winter/Christmas display in their bedroom
Thank you for putting up with my tardiness this Winter and hopefully I will be able to get back on track with Spring's arrival. This weekend the Root Children are making their appearance and I have been busy in preparation for them. Have a beautiful weekend everyone and I will be back *fingers crossed* next week.