Let's start first with the non-Christmas gifts; these were for our niece who is due the beginning of April! We are so excited to meet her! In lieu of a shower, we gave these to her parents while they were visiting. As you know, baby projects are some of my favorite, and it was again so precious to pour love into gifts for this little one. I made her a blanket and a snow owl puzzle.
|Front of blanket|
|Back of blanket|
|Made with Love tag|
|All ready to go!|
And the puzzle:
|Outside of the puzzle cut out|
|Added an inscription|
|Love the way it turned out!|
This owl was inspired by a listing we saw on etsy here.
Now on to our Christmas Projects. This was our Christmas Card this year, once again we made them.
|Front of card|
|Inside of card|
Our first round of Christmas we celebrated early with my husband's family and were so blessed to have his whole family with us to celebrate.
For his mom we made an under-cabinet mount tablet holder so she can use her iPad for recipes in the kitchen.
|Stained and clear-coated|
|Hung up in her kitchen!|
For his dad we made a wood carrier.
|Ready to go|
|And a little birch to test it out|
For grandpa we made a potato cooker and some homemade taco seasoning.
|The two sides of the potato bag|
|Finished potato bag|
For his brother & sis in law we made a convertible wine rack, wine bottle lamp, spice rubs, and infinity scarf.
|Wine rack in position one, here it holes one bottle of wine|
|Wine rack in position two, here it holds six bottles of wine.|
|Wine bottle lamp with monogram|
I don't have tutorials for the infinity scarves as I combined several. You can find the ones I looked at here and here.
Our second round of Christmas we celebrated with my family and got my brother & sister-in-law as well as time with some of our cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. For my brother & sis in law we made a spice rack, pantry shelves, spice rubs, and an infinity scarf.
|Spice rack box|
|Spice rack in their cabinet|
|And filled with spices!|
|All together in their house|
|And in use!|
For my folks we did coupons for chores they need done as they are very difficult to get ideas from ;). We also helped them complete their own aggravation board as in all the years they've made them for family they've never made one for themselves. I have to tell you, after helping in this process from making all the pieces (40 for each board) plus the game boards themselves, I can tell you that these boards are an act of love. A lot of hours go into them. My husband also made a wooden tree for my mom on his lathe.
|Six man side of aggravation board.|
|Four man side of aggravation board.|
|Purple recipe book page|
For my hubby this year I made a cell phone/wallet/eyeglasses holder. This was very fun and we may make more in the future!
|One of the pieces cut out|
|We used every clamp we had in the shop to put it together!|
|The finished product.|
My hubby went all out this year and made me an amazing Nativity Puzzle and turned an ornament on the lathe. I think as well as the ornaments turned out we'll add these to our every year Christmas Project list!
|I love it!|
I also made a potato bag for a dear friend of mine.
|Outside of bag|
|Inside of bag|
We also made this wonderful salad at both celebrations, and I must say, it's easily one of my new favorites.
And here's the loot our family made for us and one another this year.
|Snowman decoration my folks made for their kids|
|Pantry drawers my brother & sis-in-law made for me!|
|These are so amazing|
|Guess what project moved way up our to-do list! Yep, drawers for the rest of our pantry!|
|Four man side of aggravation board my folks made for my brother & sis-in-law|
|Six man side|
|Bath products my cousin made for the cousins, and her adorable card!|
|Tree decoration my folks made for the nieces and nephews.|
As you can tell, the gifts of our Christmas season were plentiful. We had a delightful time with our families and in creating gifts for one another. We also checked some thing off our local to do list before my family left. We made it to the carousel downtown, rode the gondola, and had a wonderful farewell lunch at O'Doherty's.
|Amazing sky coloring a couple days after Christmas|
|View of the falls from the gondola|