Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gifts I Made This Year!

I can finally share what I have been doing for the past couple of months. We held our family Christmas celebration yesterday. Our daughter, Carolyn cooked a delicious meal for us and we all came away very stuffed. (grin) It is always so much fun to have our whole family together. I will be sharing some pictures that I took yesterday this week, but first I want to show why I have been missing in blogland for the past month. LOL We decided that we would not buy gifts for the adults, but homemade things were ok. Oh yeah, right up my alley. LOL  I made some things for a few friends. Some I took pictures of and some I forgot till they were packaged and ready to mail. Oh well. I think I shared this little tree before, but here it is after I decorated it.
I enjoyed making this tree. I also loved doing this one. Any time redwork is involved I have fun. LOL
This pot holder went to the receiver of the above mini quilt.
I sent the Spring Flowers table topper to a summer loving friend along with these pot holders and dish cloth.
That is all of the gifts that I took pictures of before mailing. I really must try to do better. Now on to some family things. Oh my goodness, it was so great to see our grandbabies and babies also. LOL I thought it was so awesome that anyone who wanted to give gifts this year either made them or gave pictures. Oh my I got some amazing pictures of grandbabies. Then drove off and left them laying on Carolyn's table. I was so bummed, but Cathryn took them home with her and is going to ship them to me.  On the gift giving, this did not include the kids. We all bought stuff for them. (grin) I actually had a lot of fun shopping for the grandkids. Ashton and Ava are into lots of science stuff, so I went to Hobby Lobby for their gifts. I think I did ok. Cath told me today that they have been working nonstop on their kits. LOL  Ashton thinks he is rich because he is digging out fools gold. Ava is excited because she is digging out T-rex dinosaur bones. She loves dinosaurs, especially T-rex. Noah got a farm set with animals, fences, hay bales, and a tractor and wagon. He is a city boy, but I thought he should learn a bit about his country roots. (grin) I talked to Izabella on the phone and she told me she wanted  Dora stuff. LOL So my little darling got a Dora doll. Madison got a toy that was age appropriate for her.  I also made each of the grandkids some things. I'll share about those another time. I decided to post a few pictures of our gathering at a time.
Look at this. I love this picture. I just wish Ashton had been in it too, but it has all the younger kids.
I loved this picture so much that I snapped another one. On the first one, I almost cut off Madison's head. On the second one I almost cut off Ava's head. I still don't take very good pictures. LOL
Here is Ashton.
I'll share one more with you, then post a few more next time. I usually do not like to have my picture taken, but Hazel grabbed my camera and snapped this picture of me holding Izabella. I actually think it turned out quite good. Of course how could it not be good with the little cutey in red in it. LOL
It will seem weird to me to not have anything Christmasy to work on this week. Our Christmas will be very quiet. We will visit our moms, then just chill. We have a nice ham to fix and movies to watch. Kevin has already given me my Christmas gift this year. I received a Kindle Touch. I really never thought I would like a Kindle, but I love, love this silly thing. I have been watching on Facebook and get a free book or two every day. I have already put over 40 books on it and have read close to 10. (Of course some of them are pretty short.) I have had it for about 3 weeks now. I love it more every day. I always thought the books would be too expensive for it, but I find bargains all the time. So if you are on the fence about getting a Kindle, as I was, just go for it. If you are anything like me, you will end up loving it. Of course, this thrills Kevin. (grin) He already knows that I am making him a quilt. He is quite thrilled about that as well. I have even shown it to him. Didn't seem right for me to have my gift and him to not even know what he was getting. He says to take my time. So I don't have to rush to have it done by next Sunday. (grin)

On the agenda for this week is to make a case for my Kindle and to make a cushion for our Buddy boy. I already have everything for it. Just need to get it together. Well, I guess that is enough for now. This post ended up being quite long winded, but I have not posted for a month. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Have a fabulous week!


Marydon said...

What beautiful kid-lings!, Winona. Your creations are gorgeous, you re very talented. Love the colors, too. And a Kindle, lucky gal you are!

Merry Christmas

~JoAnn~ said...

Winona~ Your crafts are once again beautiful as always. The grandkids pictures are great. So happy to hear you had a very nice time. As for the kindle thing, glad you like yours I am still too much a book in hand kind of person, but someday you may never know I may get one:)Can't wait to see more pictures of both your crafts and the grandkids. Blessings,Joann

Just Ramblin' said...

Family members and friends were very lucky to receive you beautiful handwork. They are all lovely. Such cute pictures of the little ones. Nola

Michelle said...

Looks like the best day ever! I have a Nook I bought after Christmas last year. I didnt read much before that, but I love it too. I read at work on my breaks, and I have downloaded TONS of free books. Enjoy your week!

Simplesmente Silvinha said...

That the baby Jesus to bring all good health, harmony, unity and joy. And a Happy new year

Denise :) said...

I love your tree! And I'm a big fan of redwork, too! All those smiling, happy faces are fun, too. Those are the best, huh?! :)

Allie said...

Beautiful gifts, and I really love what you did with my Friendship Tree!! Congrats on your Kindle, I've asked my son for one...but just the basic one. We'll see! You can check out or Project Gutenberg for more free books!

Your grandkids are just too darling - we won't have any little ones around, it's so much more fun when you do! Darling pic of you as well!

Julie Fukuda said...

I love the pictures! I wish my kids weren't so far away.We will wait for the photo finish on the quilt!

Terry said...

The gifts you made are all so pretty, but I do love that tree! Merry Christmas! :0)

Paula said...

Winona~ your grandkids are just the cutest things! I love the one of you holding Izabella, those beautiful dark eyes of hers are just so pretty!
Your gifts all turned out wonderful- I know you made lots of people very happy.
Thanks for telling what you think about the Kindle... I would love to have one or something like it, and an Ipad is just too much money and too much, well.. everything, but I think I would like one of those e-readers.
Sounds like you and Kevin are going to have a nice quiet holiday like we are... I'm kind of looking forward to it! (The quiet time, not hubby's surgery... *grin*)

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