I Couldn't Share them Before . . . But I Can Now!!
Before Christmas, I really was wanting to share a few things here on the blog--but I couldn't, or both my parents and my in-laws would see some of the gifts they were going to get! But now that Christmas is over and gifts have been given, I can now share them with you! Yay!
I really wanted to do a lot more handmade gifts than I did. The initial plan was to do several mini scrapbooks and altered frames, but my plans fell apart as the holidays got closer and closer and I got further and further behind.
I did make my grandmother a few really cute gifts that she took home to Texas after she visited for Thanksgiving. They were really EASY gifts and something all of you could do. I simply took those refrigerator magnet picture frames, put 4 x 6 snapshots in them (I did one of each of the girls), and then altered the frame with scrapbook supplies (alphabet stickers, rhinestones, and flowers mostly). Also, McKenna did some really cute altered pocket calendars for her best girlfriends and they went over really well (they liked how creative they were, but also liked them because they were a perfect "McKenna Gift," since she is the most organized 14-year-old around!)
But the biggest project I did was a scrapbook for my mother-in-law. She actually had requested a scrapbook for a gift, so I immediately began thinking of the concept for it. It turned into really a generic family album with pages dedicated to her parents, her siblings, her five grandchildren, and then several pages just filled with random family shots. She seemed to really love it and everyone whose seen it has also said how great they thought it was. (This isn't to brag on my work--it just makes me feel good that it was appreciated. And, to tell the truth, who doesn't love a scrapbook? The combination of photos, creativity, and memories is a win-win thing! I probably could have just slapped pictures on a page and it would have been a great gift!)
I thought I would share a few pages from the book, starting with one of her parents (Gary's grandparents), who we call Gan Gan and Papa Doug (we lost Papa Doug just this past year, so it was emotional doing the pages with him on them)--
One of her children--my husband, Gary, and his sister, Angel (WOW! Look at those 70s looks!)--
I did about 8 pages that just included random 4 x 6 photos of family members and events over the years. This was one of the pages (with a favorite picture from Sydney's baptism and a really great picture of Gary and his dad on one of their hunting retreats)--
Then I did a page dedicated to each of the 5 grandkids. I tried to do them similarly, but also unique in their own ways. They each had a 5 x 7 photo and paper strips that listed some of their personality characteristics. These are the pages I did of Delaney, my nephew Steven Lee, and Sydney--
The concluding page in the book was just a page that told her, "Merry Christmas 2006" and utilized our Christmas photo from this year--
We also were excited to use some of Gary's creativity in giving out two other gifts, which were GREATLY appreciated. Both Gary's mother and my mother had said they just wished they had pictures of all the grandkids together (yes, they hinted a bit loudly about it, so we got the hint! lol). So we gave large 12 x 14 framed photos of the five grandkids on Gary's side of the family (this pic was taken at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens)--
And then gave a picture of the five grandkids on my side of the family to my parents (this picture was extra-special, I thought, because it was taken in the woods on my parents' property; we took it during our Thanksgiving visit and they had no clue that we'd done it. So that was fun!)--
I don't know about you, but I love getting homemade gifts. Whether it's a handmade quilt or a crocheted throw, or some hand-sewed pillows (like my grandmother did for eachof my girls), or some baked goodies . . . those are always so appreciated because you knew it took extra time and care to do them.
I know that there are a ton of creative ladies who visit my blog everyday and I'm inspired by your homemade creativity. Did any of you make handmade gifts this past Christmas? I would love to hear about them!
Well . . .that's about it for tonight. I'm off to go watch the end of the Sugar Bowl (I can't stand LSU, but when it's Bowl Time I root for all SEC teams and I do not want Notre Dame to win...) and to then watch the news and get more updates about our new football coach at Bama (Hooray!). And, in the meantime, I'm watching Sydney run through the room yelling, "I'm wiggling my booty!" Oh my goodness--where did she learn that??!! LOL
I will be picking up some more photos tomorrow, so I will (hopefully) get to do some scrapbooking for my own soon. I have some Disney pictures that still need to be scrapbooked, plus my Christmas photos. So... time to get creative!
Have a wonderful day, everyone!!