Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Gifts - Handmade and from Nature

Happy New Year friends!  I enjoy reading many of your posts, which reflect on the adventures of 2012 while looking ahead to a fresh start in 2013.  It's satisfying to look back with gratitude and make positive plans for a fresh start in 2013.  This Christmas season has been a great blessing to our family because it allowed so many days all together - playing, taking walks, visiting others, sledding, praying and laughing.  I will cherish these days.

Now my mind is focusing on what to create next.  I've got ideas swirling around & jotted down on note paper.  Fresh ideas...just needing to come to fruition. 
In the meantime, I'm sharing some gifts I gave to family at Christmas.  I can show these now after they've been received.
My younger sister is a big Jane Austen fan.  She received this bag I made, using a tutorial over at Dear Lillie.    Don't you just love Jennifer's tutorials over there? 
Instead of putting the silhouette on a pillow, I used a cotton tote bag from the craft store. 


The gift tag was pretty easy to make, too, simply attaching the black paper silhouette onto card stock I tore at the edges.

My step-mother admires Scandinavian artistry, so I made her this embroidered sachet. 

I stitched the 'God Jul' to mimic the lovely script on this postcard designed by Heather of Audrey Eclectic Folk Art.


Now I'll leave you with some photos we took of our home decorated with the beauty of nature's snow. 


I can endure January when it looks this pretty...but talk to me again in March and I'll be pining for spring.  :)

13 comments:

Donna said...

Your home is so pretty, Susan! Love your heartfelt and hand created gifts, those are the best gifts of all, I think! Happy New Year!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I don't remember seeing the outside of your house before--it is so pretty! I love it as much as the inside. Have a wonderful 2013!

Monica said...
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Monica said...

Oh my! This made my heart skip a beat! What a gorgeous tiny jewel of a house you live in! We don't have houses like yours over here, and in my mind, I've always imagined the "just perfect" dollshouse like that! Fabulous! And thank you so much for sharing!
Monica xoxo
P.S Those natural wreaths... aaaah.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

those gifts from the heart are nor only beautiful but so special as well! well done mon amie!! and your home should be on a postcard! quintessential New England for sure! let's plan a picker sister adventure SOON! ;)

It's me said...

What a lovely home you have,....like the snow pictures......do you say spring ???...love from me...xxx..

Sandi said...

Beautiful Susan. I still say those SB initials on that one heart are for me. ha ha!! Love your pretty little home.
Blessings and happy new year!!

lynn said...

your home is so lovely--inside and out, susan:) your gifts are so thoughtful--love the silhouettes, esp! charming christmas pictures below,--wishing the best new year yet!!

pembrokeshire lass said...

Hi, I just hopped over from another blog as your picture of the bag interested me. What a good idea and it looks easy enough for even me to make! I look forward to learning more from you this year. Joan

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Very pretty bag!

nazia shah said...

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Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your home looks so beautiful in the snow! (I'm with you on that spring thing, tho! haha!) I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

This post is the best thing to help me warm up on this coooold day! Your gifts from the heart are beautiful Susan and I agree with Michelle, your home is picture postcard perfect!

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