>Part 3 Homemade Christmas


unfinished doll

This is the last handmade Christmas present that my children gave to each other. The funny thing is, the youngest two wanted the same doll for the oldest daughter, so I ended up making two of them just a tad bit different than each other, but still very similar. Too bad it wasn’t done before I took this photo; I will add an up-dated picture of her later, maybe after the New Year when I get a chance to sit still for about 10 seconds.

unfinished dolls head
unfinished doll legs

>Part 2 Homemade Christmas


christmas doll

These are the handmade Christmas presents that my children gave to each other. The oldest two gave this doll to the youngest; the pattern came from a toaster-cover pattern that had belonged to my husband’s grandmother. The children and I modified it to have legs and such so it could be an actual doll since the original had a piece of card board that you fit into the toaster slots to hold her up right. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a fire waiting to happen.

face detail

>Part 1 Homemade Christmas

>There will be three consecutive posts about the gifts my children gave to each other, with the help of mom.

The oldest and the youngest got together and gave my middle daughter this lady-bug apron. She just loves ladybugs, so they figured she would like this a lot. The oldest daughter is modeling it for these photos because it was still a secret when these photos where taken.

ladybug apron front
ladybug apron left side
ladybug apron back side
ladybug apron right side
ladybug apron wings

The pattern is my own design. It fits children from about 5 to 11 (those are the ages of my children, and it fits all of them and would probably fit the oldest even if she was about 14 years old. On the older daughter, it is a little above the knees; on the youngest, a little below the knees. If people are interested in the pattern, I can draft up written instructions and such. There would be a little delay in this because I have not written the instructions as of yet, and it would cost about $15.00 per pattern

>Merry Christmas

Here is a coloring page for the kids. Click on it to get it big, then print the image.

>12th day of the twelve days of Christmas and we come to the end

>Our secret elves did not let us see them tonight, but they did tell us who they are. They are the young ladies in my church (teenagers 17-18 years old and their teachers at church). Can I just say how great that is to me that teenagers would take the time to make such fun for my children. The children got so excited each night I couldn’t have asked for a better gift than to see my children excited about this sort of thing. I know, silly, but it was great fun for them.

We got ice-cream drumsticks tonight.

day 12 of 12 and we come to the end

Note reads:
The twelfth day has arrived, and on this our last night,
One dozen drummers would be a grand sight.
But the noise of their drums would hurt my head,
So eat these “drumsticks” we bring you instead.

And so we wish you a joyous Noel,
We know that you’re hoping our name we will tell.
We won’t keep it a secret because we love you.
Love, The Young Woman Laurels and Leaders too!

>11th day of the twelve days of Christmas

>Another day has come and gone, and I am exhausted from making centerpieces all day at work and shoveling my car out a few times today. So when we came home we got greeted by the 11th days gifts.

We got Stephen’s hot cocoa (chocolate mint truffle) to go with it mini marshmellos.

day 11 of 12 hot cocoa and marshmallows

Note reads:

Those eleven pipers piping remind us of the cold,
Of the chill and snow we don’t have to be told.
Now make your water piping hot, and fill your cup with care,
Then add some chocolate and marshmallows for flair.

note on day 11

>10th day of the twelve days of Christmas

>So we stayed out real late tonight, and it snowed on our gift, but I don’t think it got hurt much and will still work just fine.

We received a compilation Christmas CD.

day 10 of 12 days

Note reads:

Ten Lords a leaping would be an awesome gift
But they got stuck while jumping through a snow drift.
We had to be content and we hope you don’t think it strange,
Instead we got you their lovely music to give you more of a range.

>Handquilted quilt all done


This is not a normal post because I usually don’t post on Sunday. So this is not normal, but it is such a special item to me and my daughter that I just had to share on the day it was completed (plus I will post later, too, the next day in the 12 days; might as well make a day of it).

more quilting
handquilting on daughters quilt

My oldest daughter made a quilt top when she was in first grade, 6 years old. Then placed it on my best quilt frame and every now and again she worked on quilting it. I worked on it some to encourage her to quilt it (so she could have her quilt and I could have my frame). This quilt was even on the frame a year and a half ago when we moved, so we had to be careful not to hurt it in the move. Her quilt was the first quilt placed on the frame, so I have never been able to use it for my own quilts. Sunday morning at 1:37 am she finished it! I got up at 4:30 am and bound it. By the time she woke up at 6:30 am, she realized she was sleeping under her finished quilt. Can I just say we are both excited to have it done. It was a major first quilt; I tried to get her to do a doll or baby quilt, but she wanted one she could sleep under, and now she can. All the colors got picked when she was 6, so I hope she still likes her color combinations. If not, oh well, that is how it is. For a first project, I think she did a great job. Now, at 11, she has her own quilt to sleep under. The top and backing are all cotton; the batting is wool. I figured it was better to start her with good material because quilting through polyester is a pain and very discouraging and wool is so easy she would like it more and it is a warmer quilt. This will fit her twin bed.

quilt made by my daughter

The blocks are quilted with hearts and the boarder has celtic knot work and hearts.

>9th day of the twelve days of Christmas

>So the 9th day happened, and the girls all got a gift. Sorry, but I guess my husband is out on this one unless he wants to keep the bag. I waited ’till morning to take the pictures because I wanted them bright since all the photos lately have been taken when it is still dark out and it is driving me nuts to have such dark, gloomy photos. The quilt in the back ground I will post about on Monday.

So we received a real cute bag

day 9 of 12 front of bag
day 9 of 12 back  of bag and note

holding 4 sets of socks

items in bag on day 9

that actually fit us all (the girls that is; none for husband, but I don’t think he would wear them anyway, wink wink)!

day 9 socks on our toes

Here is what the note reads:

Nine ladies dancing would be too big a crowd,
Besides, their music is way too loud.
If you danced all night you would have tired feet
So here are some socks, relax and have a seat.

>8th day of the twelve days of Christmas

>Day 8 has come and gone, and here we are at the blog once again; tons of snow and snow shoveling. This one was an easy one for the kids to guess, and they got so happy that they have now guessed two right. Not great odds; pretty unique twelve days, I must say.

Yep, I bet you guessed it, too. MILK!!!!

day 8 of 12 days of christmas

Note reads:

On the eighth day of Christmas, we’re busy as a bee.
The eight maids-a-milking are as busy as we.
Before they could scatter, they did milk the cow.
Here is some milk to drink up right now.

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