Article: Handmade Christmas: fun for the whole family.: Delightful little snowmen

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Image Handmade Christmas: fun for the whole family.
By Lance Gardner on November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is coming with Christmas right around the corner. I always appreciate hand-made gifts and my son and I have fun making something different to give as holiday presents every year. One of the benefits of hand-made items is that it does not matter what culture or holiday you celebrate, they are almost always appreciated as the thoughtful gift they are. Start planning now so there is plenty of time to have fun with your project and not feel rushed.

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ImageMaryE
Nov 17, 2011 7:35 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
This article was so much fun to read. It's wonderful that you and your son are having so much fun being creative with simple things and spending time finding or growing the raw materials, planning and working together.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageLance
Nov 17, 2011 12:28 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you for reading and the encouragement. We have not picked a specific project yet this year but I am sure something will present itself. It usually does. Have any ideas from your own experiences?
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageMaryE
Nov 17, 2011 2:29 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I'm quite uncrafty, sorry. I hope others can give you ideas.

Thanksgiving will be extra special for you this year, I think, because your family is still together. I haven't seen any recent updates on Marie's recovery since her Doctor ok'd her to do anything she feels she can do.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagenap
Nov 17, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
GREAT article, Lance!!

Jump on over to Boopaints Christmas cubit to share your ideas and pick up new ones!

http://cubits.org/christmas/
ImageLance
Nov 18, 2011 8:49 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Good idea Nancy. So many wonderful ideas and cubits around it is tough to keep up with them, but I try!
Mary - Marie is recovering well with fewer headaches and other symptoms. She even started her first day back at work today. I dropped her off and am now working at my portable office - the car this time.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
Imagebsavage
Nov 21, 2011 4:27 AM CST
Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
Great article Lance, and your son is adorable! My baby boy is 30 years old now, and you gave me a happy reminder of those early days. Thanks for sharing!
Imagequiltygirl
Nov 21, 2011 8:46 AM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
While not being terribly crafty, our DD and I did make some gifts when she was younger. When she was 4.5 years old we moved into our 24ft 5th wheel trailer (no slideouts) for what was supposed to be about 6 months and turned out to be 4 1/2 years! I have always been one to decorate to the hilt for Christmas, so I was challenged in that small space. We used felt and made 5" high double layered snowmen with contrasting hats and arms and angels with contrasting wings. We used paint and glitter for faces, buttons and hair. We attached our large stash of those to all the curtain valances which made it quite cheery. When my mother said sympathetically it was said we had no space for a tree, I replied we had 3! Of course they were very small - from about 6 in to 15 inches and required tiny ornaments.

We also made angels from men's white handkerchiefs and a styrofoam ball inside for a head, then the prettiest wired ribbons fashioned to make wings. No faces needed. We made those for teacher and staff gifts too.

ImageLance
Nov 21, 2011 9:28 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you Brenda and Lynda for reading the article and sharing your own memories. Isn't it uplifting to think about those fun memories?
Lynda, it sounds like you were plenty inventive enough to make your space as colorful and Christmas like as any home, good job. If your username is any indication of your abilities, you are also plenty crafty enough.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageRoadrunner
Nov 21, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Hey Lance, I loved your snowmen...I have used the minis for that purpost also.

Why not take the minis and make pendants...find two smaller ones the same size and make matching ear-rings?..You can cut a slice off the front of one and put pieces of old jewelery inside too. Jo
ImageLance
Nov 21, 2011 11:15 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Good ideas, LaVonne showed some photos of jewelry she had made as well. I think they are all either given away or used by now, though. Next time I grow these fun little guys I may have to try some other options.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
Imagequiltygirl
Dec 6, 2011 11:05 PM CST
Name: Lynda
Wildomar, CA Zone 9a
Almost like mini dioramas for earrings, cool!

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