Well today’s post is going to be FUN! I am keeping my promise to post a handmade gift each Tuesday, this one was a tough one. I made the gift for Mr. Perfect’s girlfriend, since she’s not a reader of the blog like Scot With One T I can share her gift. Be sure to check back next week I’ll be sharing the gifts that everyone made for our family gift exchange, I’m hoping it’s a new tradition….handmade and spend no more then $10….but let’s get back to this week….I sure get off track easily.
Then I wanted to include some of my favorite handmade oranaments, especially some that can be made with kids. Stop by Centsational Girl’s Blog to see everyone’s ideas.
We used the largest clear glass ornaments from Hobby Lobby, lime green paint which we squirted and swirled until the ornament was covered, cut out a vinyl letter with The Cricut and tied a festive bow. We gave these to a lot of families last year as a hostess gift and everyone loved them.
The Baby Girl made this ornament four years ago and I love it, what child wouldn’t love making this ornament. If you make it use a sharpie to put the child and year on the bottom, we fight every year about how long ago she made it.
Have you ever heard the story of The Christmas Spider (the legend is below)? Each year I can’t wait to find the spider and each year everyone makes fun of me because they think I should get rid of the spider….the spider will be with us til the end I tell them. The Christmas Spider was made by Mr. Perfect many many years ago.
THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER
(A folk legend from Germany and the Ukraine)
Once upon a time, long ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year…. The day on which the Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner in the ceiling to avoid the housewife’s busy cleaning. They finally fled to the farthest corner of the attic. T’was the Christmas eve at last! The tree was decorated and waiting for the children to see it. But the poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the Christ child’s visit. But the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could peep through the crack in the door to see him. Silently they crept out of their attic, down the stairs, and across the floor to wait in the crack in the threshold. Suddenly, the door opened a wee bit and quickly the spiders scurried into the room. They must see the tree closely, since their eyes weren’t accustomed to the brightness of the room… so they crept all over the tree, up and down, over every branch and twig and saw every one of the pretty things. At last they satisfied themselves completely of the Christmas tree beauty. But alas!! Everywhere they went they had left their webs, and when the little Christ child came to bless the house he was dismayed. He loved the little spiders, for they were God’s creatures too, but he knew the mother, who had trimmed the tree for the little children, wouldn’t feel the same, so He touched the webs and they all turned to sparkling, shimmering, silver and gold! Ever since that time, we have hung tinsel on our christmas trees, and according to the legend, it has been a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the tree.
Have I mentioned how much I love Christmas? This week I’m using a pair of The Baby Girl’s old jeans to make a few ornaments I’ll share later!