Max has been asking why every year we try to make gifts for people. We talked about all the obvious reasons and he told me how much he likes to make things for people. He asked if I made things when I was his age and I explained to him that from time to time I had made things, but the idea for our family making gifts really was the from Grandpa Bob and he started to make us things the year before he died. I pulled out the sports memory box and stuff Dad had made me his last Christmas. I explained how having such a special gift makes you feel connected to the maker and also when you make something like that you can be sharing your love with the person you are making it for. He quickly chose to make something for his cousin Zella, who we don't get to see that much. He is very excited to see her in a few days and is hoping to do all sorts of fun things while in Seattle with her and the rest of our family.
He finished the tote bag he made for her and we are packing it up for the trip.
I have been fortunate to be a part of a fun holiday girls activity hosted by a very clever friend. Everything she does is so lovely and fun. It is a treat just to spend time in her home, especially when it is decorated for the holidays. She puts together gingerbread houses that she of course whips up from scratch and has them ready for us to decorate. We each bring a few cans of icing and lots of candy. Over the years we have found wonderful little combinations to highlight various features of the houses. I have said this after each house, but really I think this year the houses were AMAZING! Here is a little eye candy from our day. You can also read more of the details and the how to here on Stacey's blog. I told you she was clever and the house . . . pure bliss to spend time in! I just realized the photos of the house I decorated came out too dark, so I will have to take some and post them so I can remember for next year!
I love the Munki Madness Swap group. We did a Secret Santa Swap and this is what I received. How wonderful! The wreath has my two favorite fabrics Flea Market Fancy and Heather Ross loveliness! Lesley did a wonderful job - thanks so much!
Here is what I just sent off to my partner, I hope she likes it. I started with all of the munki munki Holiday flannels, but where she lives the weather is warm and summery, so a snow scene just didn't seem right. Thinking this can be a fun summer bag!