Christmas is a very special time of year in our house. One of my favourite family activities is trimming the tree. We decorated the tree in early December. My son and daughter added most of the ornaments and my husband helped put the star on top. I was in charge of the breakable ornaments. There are so many beautiful decorations, but the most treasured ones are handmade.
We have many made by our children that are proudly displayed on the tree and throughout the house. These are extra special decorations that they made when they were really little.
Over the last few years I’ve made several decorations, both for the tree and for elsewhere in the house. Some are from kits that were purchased, some are from patterns found in magazines and pattern books, while others are my own designs. Here are some of the handmade decorations that are displayed every year:
I have a few handmade decorations that are my favourite:
The tiny snowman in the photo above was originally a winter scene in a decorated eggshell. A relative made it many years ago. Last year, to my dismay, my daughter accidentally broke the eggshell. I didn’t want to throw it out, so I crocheted an ‘eggshell’ and transferred the winter scene to the crocheted version. Thankfully I was able to save it!
For the large snowman in the photo above, I purchased some chunky yarn that had a bit of sparkle in it, used a large crochet hook, added some sparkly buttons and used real branches. I also made some ‘snowballs’ from some of the leftover yarn.
Here’s one more photo of a favourite handmade decoration:
In our house, handmade decorations are the most treasured. Whether they've been made by us or given to us as gifts, these decorations are the special ones that will continue to be displayed year after year.
This past year has been an exciting time for me with the launch of Softiez and all of the new crochet patterns in my Pattern Shop. I would like to thank all of you for your support throughout 2014, and I look forward to bringing you more new and exciting soft toy patterns in 2015!
Welcome! My name is Lisa Bosch, and I'm the soft toy designer of Softiez patterns.