Handmade Gifts

Every year at Christmas time, the days leading up, I hear the saws and sanders begin to buzz from the garage.

And it is the greatest sound ever – I will admit, I get excited for the thoughtful handmade gift my hubby makes me each year.

And this year, he made two.

This beautiful wooden box cut completely (including the bottom) from a piece of firewood.

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And the sweetest wooden toolbox ornament made from the crate wood from my Grandfather’s Connecticut house.

I really think he loves me and he sure does know me.

How sweet are those rounded edges?

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And the idea caught on in our family this year.

The schools my children have gone to have always had some sort of Holiday workshops where they could shop so they could pick up small gifts from them for their families.

Now that my older daughter is in middle school, she had to come up with something for people that she could make since she no longer had a Holiday workshop to attend.

This year, she made her Grandmother a mason jar snow globe.

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And I thought I would share last year’s project that she and I worked on together.

The bowl is from a glass set she uses each Christmas and I found at an auction.

We place fake snow in the bottom layer, filled with a piece of Styrofoam (glued in) and built a village inside.

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The houses were plain paper mache and we painted them, decoupaged sheet music and added  a whole lot of snow and glitter.

We also added several trees, some carolers and a snowman.

It is one of my favorite projects and we had a blast working on it together.

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She also made a gift for her Grampy – a snowflake made from old maple syrup taps on a slice of wood.

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And I got in on the handmade business this year as well.

I made a Christmas tree for my Dad and my sister out of the crates used to build my Grandfather’s house in Connecticut.

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And for my sister, I also made a jewelry organizer made from a frame, chicken wire and burlap.

I also added some vintage knobs to the bottom to hand the heavier jewelry.

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And I kept going with my vintage sleds and my Mom got one as well.

This one amazingly already had her name hand painted on it when I found it – even spelled the same way (MaryAnn)

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So even though, the Christmas season has ended, I learned a lot about gifts this year.

One – I like handmade gifts so much more.  As much as store bought gifts can be fabulous, handmade gifts show that we are willing to take the time to really think through what someone would love and then make it for them.

And two, I really need to start these type of presents earlier!

Thanks so much for reading!

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About Finding Home

My name is Laura and I have been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. I have always had a love for decorating but I never fully realized it until about 10 years ago. I live in New York with my husband and two daughters. They support me and encourage me at every turn. I have always loved the “hunt” for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. I feel like it is time to start taking my business in a new direction. I am not sure exactly what that will be, but this blog is about that journey. About finding a sense of home, a place where we belong and can most be ourselves. Thank you for being part of my journey.

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  1. Wow! These crafts are so remarkable that they will stand out from the rest of the decorations at home. If someone gives something like this to me, I would be so extremely happy and burst with tears considering the effort of making such things. :)

  2. HA HA…starting earlier, YES! I had plans to make all my gifts from a stash of damaged vintage quilts I bought last summer… then new gran-littles were born, house construction commenced & “the fine art of living” just got in the way. so gift cards with a promise of homemade gifts attached were given instead. I am starting NOW for next year. The snowflake…amazing. The Christmas tree? WOW you are the master of Christmas tree design! I bow to you! Your dear little tool box…your husband knows you so well (or he has been reading your blog:)

  3. What thoughtful gifts! I would love to receive any and all of them. More importantly, I would love to give gifts like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful..and beautifully said.

  5. These gifts are beautiful and thoughtful — love them! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to try to remember these for next year!

  6. These ideas are all great! I love the vintage sled and would love to have one. I wish I had the one I used as a child. Have a lovely weekend!

  7. Jeannie S says:

    Absolutely beautiful Laura! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I will get started now for next year!

  8. While the kids in our family have a “normal” gift exchange, the adults in my family all exchange handmade gifts. I love it because many of them do not have a “crafty bone in their body” (so they claim) but we all come up with some pretty amazing gifts – just like you and yours. They are the best aren’t they? I love your pictures!

  9. I Love it. I always crochet things to offer as I’m a passionate of crochet and the tradition is disapearing in my Country… I had a wrist problem past year that didn’t allow me to do as many as I use to do and enjoy and I felt deprived and missing “something”… people really like handmade things. It reminds me of:

    “People will forget what you said
    People will forget what you did
    But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    And you spend so much time with their presents – there’s no way around it – that it makes them feel very special. So nice to see the Precious Girl involved in the same line.

    Bless your Generous Hearts,
    Teresa

  10. What absolutely wonderful handmade gifts! I love your mom’s sled and the jewelry holder for you sister is awesome! Have a great weekend and thanks for the inspirations!
    Leslie

  11. Laura…I so love the “firewood caddy”…how so very thoughtful and intuitive…Yes, nothing better than a handmade gift…loved all the projects and the maple syrup taps as a snowflake is beyond cute…genious!!

  12. All the gifts are great! I especially like those sweet houses in the bowl! Happy New Year! ~Amy

  13. Bonnie @ uncommon designs says:

    Love love all these laura!! The mini toolbox is precious!!!

  14. YES and yes on starting earlier…i am thinking July!
    I love the tree made from old crates…so cool:)
    i am a handmade fan too…so glad that is catching on
    xoxo

  15. So many talented family members. And I especially like the gifts your husband made you–so sweet! My favorite, though, is the tree made out of crates. (Such a perfect gift!)

  16. Cathrine says:

    Such lovely gifts, especially the sentimental value behind each one. Inspiring!

  17. Remarkable issues here. I am very glad to look your post. Thank you so much and I am taking a look forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  18. HI Laura, I fell in love with your crate tree last year. So this year I made one too :) Thanks for the inspiration!! Laurel

    http://www.chippingwithcharm.blogspot.com/2013/11/crates-and-plate-christmas-treeobsessed.html

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