Wrapped up in handmade gifts is the time, the love and the well-wishes of the crafter. Little handmade gifts have been slowly taking shape here over the last few months as I've endeavoured to finish projects for our dear ones. I wanted to make sweet and beautiful things, useful things, things which speak of nature and of caring for our Earth.
A creamy knitted washcloth and a sweet bird stitched on a little drawstring bag.
(Bird design by the talented Melissa Wastney of tiny happy.)
A little hand-rolled beeswax candle that smells of honey.
(Beeswax sheets from Happy Flame.)
Hand stitched and home-sewn reusable Christmas sacks. A little gift tag too!
(Repurposed cotton and calico bags, old salvaged doilies and last year's Christmas cards.)
Beside me in this merry making has been our boy. He's happily rolled beeswax sheets into candles, written words on bags for me to stitch over, repurposed used Christmas cards into gift tags and added all the extra sparkles needed with a good sprinkling of glitter! (Apparently, one can never have too much glitter!)
There is now only a little merry-making left to do. Today, we'll bake some lemon myrtle shortbreads using fragrant fresh leaves. We'll wrap and tie with ribbon the little gingery Christmas cakes we have made for our lovely neighbours and we'll hand-dip macadamia nuts in melted white chocolate for a Daddy who loves them. We will honestly try not to sample too many of these goodies while making merry in the kitchen. It is important to taste test though, isn't it?