Posts Tagged ‘Christmas


Holiday Handmades: For the baby

The bigger boys really went all out for their baby brother for Christmas. The eldest insisted on making him a mobile; it was only after much deliberation that we decided to do animals. We spent an afternoon cutting the chosen beasts out of wool felt; then there was a bit of machine sewing, some hand sewing, and some stripes to draw. His favorite part of the project was the afternoon we spent assembling this and playing with/learning about balance. I can’t tell you enough that you should make some sort of kinetic, hanging art with your kids. The best part? Not only did the big guy have a blast and learn a ton making this gift, but the baby LOVES it!

The middle brother and I worked hard together to make a large, soft, stuffed, chimed ball for the little guy. We used this pattern from the Purl Bee, and I stashed a chime I already had inside when we stuffed it. The 3 year old picked all the fabrics and helped me stuff this. This has become a steady favorite choice for baby play!

I built the little guy a small wood box with a hole in it. With the addition of a silk scarf, it’s a little like the ultimate tissue box for him. He loves to pull the scarf out over and over again. I also have a collection of cotton hankies I used for some dye tests for a previous art show that I plan to load up for him at some point. He also likes to put other things in his box, including some of the smaller tree blocks we made him.


Holiday Handmades: For Mama

Hubby got brave with the boys. He painted with them. He painted with ALL of them, including the (then) 11 month old, AT THE SAME TIME. My amazing and inspired hubby had the boys paint together on a piece of glass; he then frosted the other side and turned said piece of glass into a lamp:

I. Am. Spoiled.


Holiday Handmades: The Boats

We made so very many things for Christmas (and BIRTHDAY!) gifts this year that I’ve decided to do a series of posts instead of trying to tell it all in just one. The big boys made each other boats as Christmas gifts. Each of them made all the design decisions, but mama worked the saw. They also each did at least a bit of sanding.

The sail boat the middle brother (and I) made for the biggest brother.

The tug boat that the biggest brother helped make for the middle one.

These have been a huge hit around here. The only trouble is they didn’t make one for their baby brother. I think we are going to have to change that…



I had this idea a few years ago. I even bought sweaters and fulled them in the wash. I would tell you that the fulled sweaters sat and waited patiently, but, indeed, they did not. They were used for all sorts of things over the years. Finally, this year, I made it happen! Each of those little stockings is wool felt, and this year we put a simple scripture and an activity in each stocking. We also added a wool felt star on a stick that we moved from one stocking to the next each day. That felt star was brilliant; it saved us from all the “how long to Christmas?” questioning. They could see exactly how much longer we had to go! I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out, and I am excited about next year when I plan on adding number charms to the ties on each stocking.


Merry Christmas!

Guess who came to join us on Christmas day? Our next little guy, yep we had another boy!, made his arrival at home at 12:02 pm! He was all of 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long. Good thing his mama knit him a Santa hat! We are adjusting well, and I can’t wait to share our birth story with you! I’ll be back soon, I hope, to share the story and tell you about our handmade Christmas. In the meantime, here’s a few photos.