There's nothing like budget constraints to foster creativity! Here are a few of the things that we made this Christmas:
Una's doll bed, which Bret made and for which I made the covered mattress, pillow, fitted sheet and pillow case. I ran out of time and so we still need to make a blanket, comforter or quilt.
My mother received a new Christ Candle, which she hopes to have blessed on the Feast of the Presentation. Ideally, it would then be taken to the Easter Vigil Mass and be lit from the Christ candle there.
I already posted photos of a few of the things Bret and I made for Gemma. The oval with the handle is a rattle filled with some little red beans. It has a nice, mellow sound.
I made each of the children a little felt/wooden bead gnome as a stocking-stuffer. Here are four of them around the wool-roving fire. The idea came from Magic Cabin.
Rice-filled hand-warmers cut from an old felted sweater and decorated with a needle-felted heart by Una. These are for Bret, who can put them in his pockets when he goes out to milk the cow in the morning.
A little Waldorf-inspired baby in a walnut shell. This was pretty easy, and I made several as gifts. I think I will make a lot of these next year for our local craft fairs and swap meets.Maybe after the new year I should begin stockpiling things for Christmas 2010!