This year I didn't make a single handmade gift for Christmas. Not one wait, I made melty bead stuff. Still... You do what you can do, and goodness knows that 2010 was just not my year.
My mom, however ROCKED the handmade gift department. She made me some new crocheted necklaces, which I LOVE.
She made each of my kiddos a book sling. Super cool, since with bunk and loft beds, bedside tables aren't really an option. And since my mom changes my kids' sheets when she comes up (I know, she rocks), I think she was frustrated by finding piles of books in their beds. All. The. Time.
Book slings. Genius.
Hmm, the boys need to clean under their beds...
Here's Monkey's. Super cute animials including monkeys on his favorite color - green.
BTW, this is how you transition a 5yo from a Monkey room to a space room. You make a monkey bunk. He has monkey sheets and pillowcases, monkey toys, his window bunting and monkey pictures were all put up around his bed.
Here's Thomas' made of train fabric. The pink papers are 'posters' of elephants that Monkey made for him and taped up. Sweet.
And the girl's. If we ever get her shelves up, I'll show you the rest of her room. I LOVE it.
She found the idea from an online tutorial - which one, Mom?
Mom's best handmade gift, however, was a Jayne hat for Aaron.
That's right. A Jayne hat.*
Not only did she start the project several times because she wasn't happy with the colors, and use the softest most awesome wool, she packed it in a cardboard package box with straw packing material and THE NOTE. She totally went over the top with this gift and it was all her idea. Aaron loved it. And I stole the hat once to shovel and it's pretty awesome.
Thanks for modeling, Monk!
And a HUGE thanks to my mom! Great ideas, thanks so much!