The idea for the 1997 reindeer ornaments came from a Christmas lapel pin that I saw. We stained wooden cutout hearts and glued them together to make the reindeer. Then added google eyes, a pom pom nose and a little holly decoration.
|1997 Reindeer Hearts|
|1998 Wooden Birdhouse|
|1999 Button Trees|
In 2000, we three sisters spent a weekend in Grafton IL and among other things worked on these cute little gingerbread men. The heart is cut out of the felt and a piece of red fabric is glued behind the opening.
|2000 Gingerbread Men|
These spool snowmen were the ornaments for 2001. We got together at Jane's house again - I think - and put these together.
|2001 Spool Snowman|
I found some cute nutcracker designs in a cross-stitch magazine and we stitched those on plastic canvas for the 2002 ornament. We wanted one more design so charted out one that looked like a wooden soldier.
2003 also found us stitching on plastic canvas. The stocking design was stitched on plastic canvas and them trimmed to the shape. We glued these to craft foam and then cut around in a stocking shape.
In 2004, we decided to do these tall Santas on a bag type ornament. We found long peppermint sticks to put inside. We each did some of these and chose the colors to use so they were all different. My niece, Jill, learned to do counted cross stitch helping me make some of these Santas.
At our Christmas 2004 gathering, Kelly showed us another idea she had found. Dominos were stamped with a snowman design then colored in the detail with a permanent marker. We agreed that Kelly needed to make these for the 2005 family ornament. They don't hang from the tree (although you could add some sort of hanger) but we couldn't pass up dominoes. Our family plays a lot of games and dominos is always a hit.
I found the design for these Santas with a clothespin on the back to clip onto the tree branch. We each worked on our ornaments throughout 2006. When we were almost done we realized that Jane was using a smaller count (larger squares) of plastic canvas so the ones she stitched were twice as big. So we decided the men would get the larger ones and it worked out perfectly.
|2003 Plastic Canvas Stocking|
|2004 Santa Bags|
|2005 Snowman Dominos|