Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Handmade Gift Exchange Presents!

Happy Day After Christmas!

I hope you enjoy Christmas as much as I do! Several years ago our family decided to make a rule. All gifts had to be handmade! We have 11 in the family and have a secret Santa draw in November. We have enjoyed the most unusual, unique, and personal gifts one could imagine over the years. It is a day everyone looks forward to with great anticipation, not just for what you will receive, but to see the reaction of the one who receives your gift! It's the coolest thing ever! It is far removed from the commercialized version of the holiday and completely focuses on the incredibly deep love we have for one another as a family and the gift of God's Son to us which has made such love possible. We all feel so blessed!

This year I had my son-in-law. He and my daughter own a gymnastics club in the community which also employs four of the seven siblings. My husband and one of my sons also received names of members who work in the gym. So we decided to give them all dolls with a wire frame that can be posed as desired. I had never made anything like this before, so it was a great new challenge! The guys formed the frames and wrapped them with blanket strips. I finished them with socks and made clothing that matched the gym clothing they wear.  I printed their faces out on my printer by running fabric taped to paper through the printer. I was really happy with the end product!

Mr. Jim

Mr. Judah

Mr. Judah

Miss Nikki

The Trio

And this is the gift I received from my 14 year old son.

A clock decoupaged with photos of my two little grandsons. I love it! 

Psalm 127 says:
3Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
         The fruit of the womb is a reward.

4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
         So are the children of one’s youth.

5How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them...

I had 7 'gifts' and I have been blessed beyond measure with love. And now they are expanding with 'gifts' of their own. 
Life doesn't get any better....

I wish you the same love and joy I have been blessed with for your 2012 New Year!


  1. This is totally awesome - I am so thankful that God has blessed your family and you are giving back thanks in this way. God is so Good - and these creations are way plus good :):) This made me smile and I'm giving thanks to our Heavenly, Pauline

  2. the dolls are superb. i'll bet that's the best clock you own!

  3. those dolls are too cute (as well as funny!) I LOVE that tradition of only making home made gifts for the family. I think I may suggest that next year.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Great dolls and what a lovely tradition!
    What cute lil grandsons!

    thanks for sharing!

  5. Those dolls are a hoot - well done !
    Thanks for the blessing of your handmade gifts on my 'tree' this year, Patty :)

  6. Totally awesome. Now that is talent, and a great idea for how you each chose one persone, and make the gift be something made by another . Just a wonderful thing. And just love those dolls.
    Seems like you had a wonderful Christmas.