When I first unpacked my sewing materials I cranked out a few cute birds. I have yet to write about them because I have yet to perfect them but I decided they would make good Christmas ornaments (once I figure out how to attach them to a tree…). That got my mind thinking about other ornaments I could make.
Jacob bought me a giraffe ornament for our very first Christmas when we were dating. And our first Christmas after we were married he got me a jiggly turtle ornament. I love my ornaments but in the hecticness of the holiday right before we were married there was not an exchange of ornament. So I made one to remind us of that beautiful January a year and a half ago.
I don’t remember doing much hand embroidery as a child. I wasn’t quite patient enough for almost any kind of handwork. But I did remember some stitches my mother (who is AMAZING at embroidery!) taught me so I just took an idea and drawing I made and drew it with thread, freestyle. It was really fun! The stitching took me so long, all of one morning actually. But I think we look adorable in stick-figure form.
Once I made up for our missing year of ornaments I decided I’d better get a jump start on this year, especially considering we are actually going to have a tree this year, yay! The second ornament is inspired by these amazing ornaments. I’m not quite that pro yet; I can’t really sew a decent circle. But I had fun making my wonky version and love the outcome. Although I machine stitched the larger heart ornament, I practiced my hand-work by attaching the back of this one by hand.
I love ornament that have a personal touch, either homemade, a gift, or something I like, animals, sports, pictures (is it weird to have pictures on the tree?). My sister collects older ornaments from garage sales and thrift stores. She finds the cutest stuff like bears on sleds. I also have a friend who collects ornaments from all her vacations. I would love to hear how you like to decorate your tree. Do you like it all to match? Do you have a theme like festive wreaths and stockings or a color like blue?