The best way to be happy is to make someone else happy! It's a great cycle. Have you ever made a baby smile and laugh? And then, doesn't that make YOU smile and laugh? It's a wonderful thing! God made us this way, and it works so well. Christmas is a great time to put this into action.
When a gift is hand-made, the recipient knows that you spent time and effort creating something just for her/him. (And no "Black Friday" required!) Here is what I made for my husband's mother this year.
How about this reaction??!! I live for that happy reaction!!
I began with a basic snowman form made of felt, then stapled it to a wooden circle with a wooden dowel in the middle of it. Stuffed it and sewed it closed. I added wire inside the arms to keep the arms in the right shape.
Then I added silk beaded fabric from a vintage gown to the body.
Buttons for the eyes, pearls for the mouth, and a piece of a velvet scarf for the nose. Simple wire wrapped in silver tinsel ribbon for the halo.
I used chip board for the wings, but any cardboard will do. I drilled holes in the middle of the wings so that I could sew them onto the snow angel. I used a curved needle to do that---makes it muuuch easier!!
Since we visited family at Thanksgiving, I was able to give her the gift then, so that I could see her open it. I'm still smiling!!
You can see the antique baby shoe angel ornaments I made for her last year here.
Hope this inspires you to make someone happy this Christmas!!
Here's a sneak peek at my next post...check back next week to see it!