I've been making special ornaments for my kids every year since 2009. It's a tradition I picked up from my mom who did this for my sisters and me when we were young.
Though I've amassed a gajillion ideas on this topic over the last several years, I was still waffling over it for way too long this year. I think I was on inspiration overload. (For anyone that wants to get in on this idea for their own kids/family members there are tons o' free patterns around the web, but I like to give pattern-makers some love . . . especially around the holidays.)
After much hemming and hawing, I finally settled on this sweet ornament set from Mollie Johanson of Wild Olive. (For those more into straight embroidery, I was also quite tempted by this pattern.)
I let the kids pick out their favorites from the offerings. Loftily, I thought maybe I could make all of them and each kid could get 3, but you know . . . that didn't happen. It's ok. One per year is totally adequate, right?
|Ice Skate for Little Miss 2013|
Little Miss picked out this sweet ice skate. This surprised me . . . I thought for sure she would go for the pink reindeer ornament. Her reasoning? "Dad said he is going to take me ice skating this year and I CAN'T WAIT TO GO!!" Makes sense when you put it that way. :)
|Snowman for Kee-ku 2013|
|Poinsettia for Kiwi 2013|
This is the first time ever I have used wool blend felt for my ornaments. I was gifted some this year by a friend and I have to say, I am a convert. I didn't have all the colors I needed to make these in my wool felt mini stash, so there are a few instances here where I subbed in some of the regular ole eco-felt I have gobs of sitting on my shelf (the sparkly white I used for the snowman for example.) The wool felt really does have such a smooth feel and is so much easier to work with in my opinion. I haven't worried terribly about longevity with the ornaments I have made in the past using the cheap felt sheets . . . considering they are touched once a year and put from a box onto a tree and then back into a box with minimal handling they are all looking the same as they did when they were originally made. Even so, I am really digging the wool blend felt and would like to get some more for future felt-i-licious projects.
Anyone else adding some handmade goodies to your Christmas tree this year? I had a blast making these.
**I've been making my kids special Christmas ornaments for the last few years. Here are the collections so far:
|1. Snow Child Ornament 2009 - for Kee-ku, 2. Snow Child Ornament 2009 - for Little Miss|
|1. Kawaii Santa Bunny Ornament 2010 - for Little Miss, 2. Christmas Tree Ornament 2010 - for Kee-ku|
|1. Red and Orange Heart Ornament 2011 - for Little Miss, 2. Stocking Ornament 2011 - For Kee-ku|
|1. Little Star Girl for Little Miss 2012, 2. Little Tree Ornament for Kee-ku 2012, 3. Snow Baby Ornament for Kiwi 2012|