(I wrapped my gifts in newspaper and sticky bows. The newspaper I actually liked, the bows my husband bought for some gifts he wrapped. It was all I had on hand since we just moved, and I refused to brave the snow to buy anything.)
Hi there. I hope you all had a nice holiday. I was feeling rather Scrooge-ish on Christmas Eve until I started unpacking all of the handmade goodness that I had for my kids and it warmed my heart and got me into the spirit after all. Even though your holiday giving is likely over I wanted to highlight some of the great sellers who brightened our holiday season.
Back in September or so, I had the foresight (amazingly enough!) to place an order for a custom Bamboletta doll for Lucie's main gift. She was thrilled with it and has been tucking it into her cradle (handmade by her Grandpa) each night. I love the softness of Waldorf dolls and have become slightly obsessed with them. Did you see the ones that Molly got for her kids? And these French ones, oh my. There are even adorable patterns for Waldorf doll clothes right here. This stuff is killing me.
And my favorite Etsy seller, Ella Pedersen, made a return appearance on our Christmas list this year with a large batch of her beautiful felt balls. They were a gift for the whole family, since I had a feeling that a certain five year old would become rather obsessed with which ones belonged to him if they were doled out in stockings. I think this may have created a tradition of the family gift. Ella also made a small scarf that went to Elliot, and a felt crown and flag bunting for Lucie.
Have you seen Little Seedling's etsy shop? I discovered Jane's beautiful work through Ella (who is her real life friend) and was thrilled to order a pair of her little stumps to go with some Holztiger animals Elliot also received. I also have a special order toadstool outfit on order for Lucie's doll. That may be a birthday gift for her.
And finally, I know all of you have seen the work of Hello Handmade Paperie, but I wanted to let you know that their work is just as pretty in person as it is on the computer. I got my husband their "Let It Snow" print. It is amazingly beautiful, and is perfect for our new snowy hometown. This week is the first time since we moved it that I have seen our grass, so it truly is a winter wonderland here. I also purchased calendars from Hello Handmade for Elliot's teachers and Lucie's caregiver.
So thanks to all of you out there who make and share your talents and wares with us. Giving these gifts was a gift to me as well. And thank you to all of you who support these makers.
What are your new year plans? Mine? A little Hoppin John for sure, and if I'm really lucky, I may engage in a New Year's tradition that my Mom once told me about. Did you know that it is customary (with whom I'm not sure) to make new pillow cases on New Year's? The only information I could find about it was here. I had hoped my craft space would be fully up and running by New Year's but that isn't likely. (It's getting there) But if I can get the house straightened enough for me to relax for the day, my boy and I may crank out a few pillow cases. Sounds lovely doesn't it? If you make some, please share them with me.
Here's to a Happy New Year.