For my brother and his wife: IOU a work of their choosing
This year I was so appalled with strangers asking me if I had finished my Christmas shopping (and just let me say this… I think there is a multitude of things wrong within that). And the past 5 months or so I've been trying to find myself a simpler more meaningful life. I wanted to give something of myself, my time, my heart, energy, personality, something that would, hopefully, actually be meaningful to the recipient. So, I decided I wouldn’t step inside at shopping mall from Thanksgiving till after New Years, and I would make all of my Christmas/ Hanukkah gifts (though I did expect to have to buy some supplies to make such gifts. And to be honest I also kind of expected myself to break it; to freak out, and at the last minute thinking that I was not giving “enough” run out and buy extra stuff.
However, I am happy to say that I stuck to my guns the whole time, and it couldn’t have been better or more rewarding. I was really proud of the things I made for the people I love. In addition to the gift making, I made cards (which I kind of consider a small gift in and of themselves). Each card was printed by hand from a hand carved linoleum block. I went back and forth on the design for considerable time, but I finally settled on an image from a sketch after returning from the Hudson: myself as a unicorn kayaker holding my paddle while my trusty dog stood, as she preferred to do so, atop the prow of the boat. I then used koi stamps, that I had carved a few years back, to print on the envelopes – each one is a little different.
I read a CNN article in which Mark Frauenfelder
There's a Haida Indian saying: "Joy is a well-made object equaled only to the joy of making it." To that I would add, "and to the joy of giving it away." That's because a handmade object embodies the personality of the person who made it.
And to which I say, I love it, because it is so true. It was joy to give away these labors of love to my loved ones.
For Isabel: Hudson River pottery pendant, painted heart, pink suede cord (she was a bit jealous of her mom’s Hudson River glass heart pendant)
For Jake: Hudson River pottery pendant, painted “Hudson” on reverse, orange nylon cord (because he would want whatever she got)
For Grayson: suede bunny with flannel belly and heavy cotton cape with bells and black ribbon closure.
Cookies galore for many: Coffee Heath Bar Shortbread cookies
, Orange Cranberry Shortbread cookies
, and Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
with edges rolled in chocolate chip bits or more Heath Bar.
For the kids: canvas tote with printed lino touched up with acrylic paint
For Oliver’s birthday: water color of his mother’s house.
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