I was writing recenlty about the handmade gifts we gave at Christmas time. I decided that it wouldn’t be right to leave this subject without telling you about the handmade gifts that we received from others. It warmed my heart to see the handmade philosophy reflected in the gifts given to us by some of our family and friends.
> Shane surprised me on Christmas Eve with a hand made Christmas tree. He cut planks of pallet wood in graduating widths to create a triangular tree shape. I love how rustic and innovative this is. We wrapped our ‘tree’ in tinsel and beads and hammered some nails in for our ornaments. It’s also a great solution for anyone who doesn’t have space in their home for a whole tree.
> My mum made a big batch of lemon cordial concentrate using lemons from her tree, and gave us each a big bottle to see us through the summer. She also made jars of marmalade (Shane’s favourite).
> Just look at Mum’s Christmas tree this year! She gathered sticks and bramble from around the farm then tied them together and wrapped lights and strung decorations around the structure. I think this is awesome. My mum doesn’t seem to consider herself to be a creative person, but I think she’s infused a fair bit of DIY spirit into me.
> Our friend Jo made us a beautiful soy wax candle in a jar. It smells beautiful and looks divine. I love the owl paper she’s wrapped it in so much that I’m going to leave it on.
> We always get a beautiful handmade card from Shane’s mum, Linda. Look at the time and detail that’s gone into this – each petal of that flower has been carefully cut by hand.
We also hung the stockings that Linda made us a few years ago. It just goes to show that sometimes handmade gifts will keep on giving!
We’ll treasure these gifts and the spirit they were made in.