Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas 10 Months in the Making

I know I have mentioned it before, but it bares repeating.  Handmade gifts are not throw together quickly things.  I know it may look like it, but people, it takes time, thought, and effort to pull off a thoughtful handmade gift.  Let me show you what I mean.  I whipped these cute Christmas ornaments out in 10 months.

Step 1 (February 23):
Using a branch from our property, with the help of my dad, I sliced up wood discs.

My dad drilled holes in some of them, as you may recall.

Step 2 (February 24)
I dipped all my slices in Pentacryl to preserve the wood and prevent it from splitting.

Then I let them dry slowly in my closet for 8 months.

Step 3 (October 26)
I dragged the now completely dry discs out of the closet, and my neighbor Lucy helped me sand them all smooth while fighting off swarms of mosquitoes.

Step 4 (December 3)
Using a good black ink and some seasonal rubber stamps, I began to test out the discs.

 The first attempt was weak, but I knew with more pressure I could make a successful print.

I was very pleased with how they turned out.

Step 5 (December 5)
I drilled holes in the discs with center holes to lace with green and white twine.

I printed a pie chart to use as a guide for the holes.

I laced the discs to look like wreaths and tied longer red, green, and white twine to the printed slices through holes I drilled in them as well.

Step 6 (December 7)
When all the ornaments were finished, I draped them from a stick I found in the yard and wrapped them in tissue.

I could not be more pleased with the way they turned out.

I like the way the laced discs reflect my love of sewing, and that I learned something new having never done stamping before.  The wood was from my yard, which I love and I find myself wishing I had made more.  Hopefully the recipients will like them as well.