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Made With Love

I mentioned earlier that I had made a lot of gifts for Christmas; here are some pictures...
crochet hook case for mom:

shadowbox for dad from grandpa's old tackle boxes:
hand-drawn calendars for mom and mother-in-law:
camera case for sister's new digital camera:
scarf-turned-neckwarmer for a sister-in-law:
Besides these things, I also made hats for my boys and nephews, which I previously blogged about, and also made a hat for my brother. I was planning to make a few more hats and another scarf, but the celtic knotwork turned out to take a lot more time than I had bargained for, especially with my little experience! I also received some handmade gifts, which surprised me! One sister-in-law made a sign for my garden, and painted a cute little crate to transport seedlings, and another of my SILs made little cement pieces for the garden that spell out a saying about gardens. I don't know it off the top of my head. I will have to get pictures of those items for you.

And I was very surprised that BFJ made it into the yarn store and a quilt shop. Can you believe it? First thing he did after I opened those gifts was tell me about the wonderful help he'd gotten at both shops. He went to Harriet Hargrave's shop, and actually met her and her daughter. I haven't even met them!

We had a great Christmas with both of our families. On Christmas Eve, we went to see The Tale of Despereaux. It was the first movie we've been to as a whole family, and BFJ's sister and nephew also joined us. I thought it was a cute movie, I don't think BFJ liked it as much.
One of the best things I did over the holidays was stay up til 4:30 a.m. playing Rook with my brother, sister, and my brother's best friend, who we grew up with. I've played Rook before, but not all night. It should be a new tradition!


  1. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, Karen! The shadow box turned out wonderful! Have fun with your goodies!

  2. I love all your homemade gifts! Great job! I can't believe you illustrated calendars--how awesome! Have a great NewYear 2009!

  3. Next year, we'll win more

  4. Beautiful gifts! I love the scarlette and the box is wonderful. The illustrated calendar is such a great idea!


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