December 20th, 2007
Every year my mom (hi mom) would somehow manage find a bird's nest to put on our christmas tree. I grew up in Minnesota where there is several feet of snow and it's ridiculously cold come christmas, so finding a bird's nest is no small feat in December. So for the holiday traditions exchange one of the things I made was a nest. I was lucky enough to find a real nest (abandoned, of course, it's cold here!) the very morning I was boxing up my package to send. It puts my little ruffle nest to shame, but I suppose my nest has a modern aesthetic (take that, bird).
The patchwork bit in the middle is a needlebook that I made for storing my partner's popcorn stringing needles. We would string popcorn and cranberries most christmases, but I don't think the popcorn string ever got all that long because, well, we would eat all the popcorn. The gingerbread man is a little stuffed ornament (I posted a pattern here and there are more I made here). We would make gingerbread men (and ladies) every year and before they would go in the oven we would give them extra legs, or no legs, two heads, six arms, basically creating an army of mutant gingerbread men that we would then cover in sprinkles and hang on the tree.
Now that I think about it, there was a lot of food on our tree growing up. I've always wanted to decorate my tree completely with food, not just popcorn strings and gingerbread, but gumdrop garlands and pretzel angels and marshmallow snowmen. But we have always had dogs, so half the tree would be eaten once we turn our backs. And now that we have two little kids they would pick up where the dogs left off and we'd be left with a bare tree. So maybe someday I'll have a little tree way up high that I can decorate to my heart's content.
That's it. My package is somewhere between here and western australia now. I hope it (and our traditions) will be well received. I'm going to add this post to the sew mama sew Handcrafters' Holiday meme because I've enjoyed reading everyone else's posts.
Merry Christmas everyone!