Wow. Thank you so much for your thoughts on my New Year's post. They meant so much. Each day this year, I have woken up and chosen to live with intention and gratitude. It's been lovely! I really believe 2011 will be a much easier year for us and I'm so looking forward to it!!
I've intended to get a handmade holiday post up here before now, but life was just crazy. Things are slowing down after all the festivities, parties (except for Sasa's birthday which is TOMORROW!), friends visiting, road trips, etc that come along with the holidays. So finally here's a glimpse of the handmade goodies...
Santa and his elves worked really hard this year. They even enlisted the help of Sasa and Grandpa! So together they all finished these magnificient playstands! Our budget is insanely tight, so thinking about buying presents was just out of the picture. I'd say 85% of them were handmade! Yay! These playstands are just amazing and the little one adores them. She saw them in a catalog (why, oh why must toy companies bombard our mailbox for weeks leading up to Christmas?!) and said she'd really like to have a cozy place of her own. So we made that happen.
The silk was the only thing I had to purchase. I collected mini baskets at thrift shops and filled them with acorns, acorn caps, chestnuts, pinecones, and other woodland treasures. She LOVES these. She uses them to play store and cooks soup with them. I traded my amazing friend who raises sheep for the sheepskin. I just love it.
The playstands are used everyday, and are made into everything from a fort to a store to a stall. There is no end to what her imagination can do with them.
And remember the note she left for Santa? She really, really, reeeeeaaaallllly, wanted a horse. Well, Santa and his elves and Mama worked hard on one for her. His name is Woody. He even has a leather bridle and reins! She was so excited...she rides him all over the house.
Well, that was our handmade Christmas! Did you do any handmade holiday goodies? If so, I'd love to hear!!