Right - is one of my mother's creations, brought out at Christmas time.
When my daughter was little (and money was short), I made felt or knitted toys (such as the Bronwie below), collage nursery pictures for her bedroom and rooms out of shoeboxes to create a doll's house - patterns courtesy of "Women's Weekly" magazine.
One of my early efforts were simple patchwork stockings which we still use today.
Then I became a cross stitch enthusiast - so here are some tree decorations.
To mark my daughter starting at the High School, I made a new stocking of various cross stitch motifs (not the easiest task to work out the spacing) with Christmas greetings in different languages - plus a tartan ribbon to reflect our Scottish connection. This still comes down from the loft every year.
For birthdays and Christmases I always made my parents a cross stitch card. Following their deaths, I discovered that they had kept them all, which I now have compiled into a scrapbook collection,
Finding a little something little to add to stockings was always a challenge, and home made bookmarks filled this gap beautifully.
I took part in a workshop on Christmas decorations and came home with this cheerful bell - simple and easy to do.
When I was working full time, a gift to me of home baking was a much valued present. In turn my daughter appreciated a hamper of home made soup, crumbles, cottage pie and lasagne for the freezer when she was just home with a new December baby.
The gift of time and tasks is also one full of pleasure - my daughter has taken me on shopping trips to places I could not get to easily and I have done household tasks for her. The fun comes in composing a witty gift voucher for the task, so there is at least something of a surprise to open on Christmas Day.
For me, Christmas would not be Christmas without the enjoyment that comes from making something. I recommends it!
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