Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Being Sentimental.....

As promised in my last post, I will be showing you all the festive goodness that came out of this past four day weekend. Our old faithful Christmas tree was put up:

Mom has really gotten into these theme trees since my brother and I left. She doesn't feel the need to put up all the ornaments that held sentimental value anymore. Nope, instead everything is white lights and angels. Oh and a little red ribbon for pizzazz.

When it comes to the sentimental ornaments, my brother and I went through them and picked out the ones we couldn't live without. We even fought over one that has been our favorite since the beginning. It's this little elf working on a Christmas light. It really is the cutest thing. Unfortunately I can't show it to you because this year it's my brother's turn to have it. Originally we did a coin toss and I got it so I got to keep it, well, last year the spirit of giving overtook me so I ended up wrapping it up and giving it to my brother as a present for christmas. I'm just a good sister like that. I wasn't always mind you, but I feel like I need to make up for all those times he got in trouble and it was actually me who started it.

So, without further ado, I will show you some of my favorite sentimental Christmas ornaments that I have hanging on my pathetically small four-foot Christmas tree.

This is the Gingerbread man that I've loved since we've had it. I think it's his smile that puts me in such a good mood!

And here's the little mouse sleeping in a santa hat. The bottom of the hat has sparkles on it which because the flash on my computer is so blinding, you can't see. And there's Ramses playing with the lights. I'm feeling a National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation moment coming on so I quickly got him to stop playing with it.

And last but certainly not least:

Is that a Care Bear made of felt?

Why yes it is. I believe it's name was Sister Bear, but I could be wrong. You better believe we have the light blue Brother Bear as well. (I think it was one my brother couldn't part with). This ornament is actually as old as the original Care Bears cartoon. Yep, back in the day when Rainbow Bright and He-Man were new. And lets not forget the original My Little Ponies. Why are they bringing all of these cartoons back? Well, because they liked how our generation turned out and want to produce more of us of course.

I hope you've enjoyed this little trip down memory lane for me..... On to knitting news.

I'd like to say that one can get a whole lot done on a four day weekend. These for example:

were started on Thursday night and finished Sunday morning. I can't even tell you how many different combinations I tried before I settled on this one. None of the others were quite right, hence the reason why I totally ripped out the blue and black ones. I think my grandmom's really going to like these.

I also started a booga bag out of some left over yarn I found in the stash. It's ready to be felted but I ran out of yarn for the strap so it may be a little short.... we'll see. I might have to do a little creative adding before I felt...


Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing pics of your favorite ornaments! They're so sweet. :)

My mom does the "department store tree" now, too. I like fun, eclectic trees the best, though. :)

The mittens turned out beautifully. You're so talented. I'm sure your grandmother will love them.

kmckiernan said...

I love your mittens, you are so talented! I have been trying to get enough gumption to try to make a pair similar to yours, but it hasn't quite happened yet! How did you first learn the technique?

um said...

yay, more mitten cakes!!! your grandma will love them, i'm sure! i admire all the attempts at various designs you made until you found the right one. now that's love - for family and knitting!

i liked the ornament pics. it's funny how little pieces of plastic or felt or whatever they're made of can evoke such warm memories. i liked the carebear ornament and giggled at your "they want to produce more of us" comment. sometimes i wonder if it's just that we want to bring back our childhoods so we're bringing back these cartoons and fashions from our youth. your theory is more optimistic and cheerful, though, so i'm going with that one.

have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Felt Care Bear ornament! Yay :)

I too like the more sentimental trees. As pretty as "perfect" trees look in department store windows and Martha Stewart magazines, I'm a sucker for a story with every ornament.

Oddly enough, when I moved out on my own, my mom took me out and convinced me to buy a tree with all the ornaments in perfectly matching colors -- purples and blues and silver. I think she did it just to make sure I would always come over to her house to help set up the tree with all the really great meaningful ornaments ;)

Lauren said...

Of course your grandmother will love this mittens--because they are AWESOME! :) and they are made by you, and grannies love that. I am planning to make my grandmother some slippers and a shawl. I have to start soon!

Love the ornaments--a nice little piece of family history and tradition! Your tree is very pretty!

Take care, Erin, and have a good rest of the week! :)