I'm here to share with you some of this year's handmade Christmas endeavors. We needed a new Nativity stable, so Stephen made me a basic barn (which we're also offering for sale).
Basic barn. Basically cute, yeah? :)
I decorated ours with moss, mushrooms pebbles, dried flowers... all kinds of stuff.
I also added one of my knitted nativity sets and a few sheep... maybe a few more characters will join in future years. I hereby deem myself too busy to make any more this year. ;)
I also had Steve cut a window in the back of ours (he would do it on yours too, if you asked him! ;) and I painted a piece of plastic to resemble a night sky to glue in it. A flashlight behind it and a few poked holes to resemble stars lights the whole scene up quite nicely!
And then, this beautiful creation is our life/advent/Christmas/whatever-you-wish-to-call-it, ring.
Theresa and SteveyJ made this with just natural materials and their hands. It's quite a family treasure! I'll show more pictures as we enter the next weeks, but this week as we light the first candle, we're celebrating all the forms of life found in bacteria:
The first Light of Advent It is the Light of stones:
The Light that shines in seashells In crystals and our bones.
(I borrowed this from the waldorf school, but it is our representation of the idea.)
Representing bacterial life, we have a mini mushroom that Stephen turned on the lathe (a mushroom's mycellium mat is bacterial right?) and stones, crystals and a little bone (don't know if you can see it--it's behind the mushroom)
So, we're going to light our candle and have some dinner. Maybe some yummy peanut butter/chocolate fudge in honor of the first week of Christmas. I will be back with more pictures as we craft for more of our handmade Christmas decorations and gifts. If you haven't yet found gifts for everyone on your list, please do check out some of the lovely handmade sites I have listed on my sidebar. I know most of these families quite well and endorse them wholeheartedly!
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What handmade endeavors are you doing for the holidays? I'd love to hear!