A kindly neighbor gave me a rabbit fur coat last summer which I doubted I would ever realistically wear. But because I do happen to have a fur-obsessed son, I gladly accepted such a luxurious gift knowing it may be reincarnated as something for him for Christmas. (I made sure to warn her that it may wind up being cut up- so if she didn't want that fate for her precious coat, to find someone else to give it to.)
Having never worked with real fur before, I really didn't know what I was getting into.
It is a MESS to work with real fur! (That was probably a 'duh' moment on my account.) And I was terrified I was going to screw it up and butcher that coat for no good reason.
You know I love my boy lots- because it took weeks before all the rabbit fur left my eyeballs, nostrils and throat.
For his hat, I used the pattern/tutorial found here.
And I happen to love his little sister too- because she got some slippers from the remnants.
Even though the second time, I knew full well what I was getting myself into.
I used this tutorial for the elf slippers.
Two layers of fur shoved together made for less pointy toes, which was sad.
~ a (faux) fur blanket for Corynn using fabric I got two years ago on deep discount.
I appliqued a buffalo on a robe for Judah- which basically blew his mind. ;-)
Poor Adele' got a disheartening paper envelope for her handmade gift which contained a certificate for a crocheted mermaid of her very own that she has been pining for and which her Mama was unable to complete in time. She was a good sport about it though- and now she can give input on colors and things.
Some flannel sleep pants for another deer-loving nephew:
A snazzed out purse (purse was given to us) for my 7 year old sister.
A hat for Dad~
A bag for my older sister... I just painted the words, I didn't make the tote on this one.
Felt play food for my niece... I actually made two of these sets so maybe next Christmas I will have a gift for Ineke at the ready!
My favorite were the little blueberry pies... in little tartlet pans.
Because we have plenty of people in my family and getting something for every one could be a bit much, the younger set usually draw names for a gift exchange.
Corynn and Andrew decided to make something for their gifts.
Adele' and Judah opted to do extra chores to earn money to buy something for their gifts.
|Corynn drew/painted this canvas for her 'secret santa' gift. (He's a Star Wars fan)|
|And Ineke saw everyone else standing and showing off their handmades and felt she ought to be included.|
She 'made' that ruler waaaayyyyy cuter.
I have to make Adele's mermaid. I've already restarted the head several times- I don't know why but it is quite a bit larger than the last one I made. I think at this point, I'll just go with it and if she turns out huge- so be it. I'll just use more yarn that I already want to get rid of, right?
I am reading a book that was on my Christmas wishlist. (Yay Mattie!) I'm really enjoying it. It speaks of the parallels within the early Roman Catholic Church and Modern Feminists of their views of women. For the Roman Catholic church, the highest and most worthy calling for women was stepping out of the role of wife and mother and becoming a nun and the view that modern feminists have of women- that the highest and most worthy calling for women requires stepping out of the role of wives and mothers to find success (and happiness and liberation) in careers. Both of which distort God's great and high calling of women in their vocations as women, wives and mothers.