Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Handmade is Best!

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"!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I agree! Your needlepoint ornaments are treasure your grands will cherish into adulthood. I stitched a needlepoint angel ornament for my goddaughter every year until she was 18. She is now a mother of three, and she still hangs her angels on her tree. When she was a child, she loved her ornaments so much that she wanted a special tree just for them that her mother put in the entry hall of their home. When she married, she used only silver ornaments and the needlepoint for their first trees. Now she has children and the tree has evolved. ;-)
I hope you'll share next year's finished ornaments.
Happy New Year!