Lynn asked me to post a picture of the doll I bought at the church Fete so here he/she is. I love the hair especially. He/she was $4.00
The legs and arms are just pieces of cloth knotted into feet and hands. I liked the striped pants and checked scarf on this one.
I had some art related ideas to jot down and realized I had no more blank paged notebooks so I used one I made over a year ago. It was the first one I'd made in this style of binding and was not suitable to be sold.
It is filled with Stonehenge art paper, covered with purchased handmade paper. The binding style I found on line at Teesha Moore's website.
Was there really an "old days" time when folks handmade their holiday gifts? Small and simple gifts unless one started creating them early in the year. There would be fewer gifts, but they would be handmade and full of meaning. Those who love to cook could pickle things, bake breads and cookies, the sewers and knitters could sew clothes, hats and mittens. If money is short, even an orange and some nuts in a stocking is sweet. If you think you can't make anything, there must be something you can do that others cant. You could give a gift certificate for services such as changing the car oil, repairing the storm door, cleaning the house a few times.
Yet our expectations around holiday gifts are so high-- expensive electronics are the popular items. Would a child be terribly disappointed to get a pair of hand knit mittens rather than a new-- whatever is "in" now-- I'm not up on that?
Why do we go in debt, in hard economic times, just to be able to present a false front of piles of store bought gifts? Truthfully in the past I have occasionally charged things on my credit card and spent a few months paying it off. At other times, I have given only handmade items. And at still other times I have bowed out of the whole thing all together. When I lived alone for 20 years, no one cared if I didn't participate.
I guess all this is in my mind as the day after Thanksgiving is a big shopping day for the winter gift giving holidays. It is also, news flash, now a National Day of Listening.
How about you? Do you have the intention of not succumbing to the buy buy buy mode and then succumb? Is it hard to resist creating a huge pile of presents? Sometimes there is such a difference between what our minds think, (keep it simple) and what we do (make it complex).