Handmade gifts are the best!
And I love making gifts
Of course, there are the "cookie" gifts for friends and neighbors
Sometimes just a plate of one kind of cookie
Sometimes I make several and it's a mixed plate
Little loaves, too, of bread are given as well.
Cranberry bread is one of my favorites this time of year
Wrapped first in Saran
And then wrapped in parchment paper
And tied with pretty ribbons
A tradition with the Grands are the ornaments
A tradition that I started with Daughter Sarah
Only most of Sarah's were dated Hallmark ornaments
While the Grands are handmade needlepoint ones
The ornament on the left is Sarah's (For the past 40 Christmases we've always given a "boughten" ornament -- this year I decided to make her a needlepoint one!
The Santa in the middle is Piper's
The Santa on the right is Lucy's
And the sleigh full of gifts at the top was given to Andy's parents
In November, I learned a new needlecraft
My first two projects -- scarves for the Grands
the one on the right is Piper's -- complete with fringe
the one on the left is Lucy's
I'm going to learn to knit headbands
And I can't wait to learn to make socks!!!!
The needlepoint ornaments are a tradition with the Grands
And these are the ones from 2015
A rocking horse and a sock
And Lucy's first!
Each ornament for the Grands has their name and the year.
The Santa's are "labeled" on the back
Lucy has one more but 2014 was a year that I was stitching at Midnight on Christmas Eve,
finishing up the ornament . . . it didn't get "put together" until later (and then mailed to Lucy)
I know what I'll do next year for Lucy and Piper
for I'm designing my own!
As someone once said "handmade is best"!