I'm still working on last minute gifts. Along with making caramel corn today, I'm also perfecting my blanket stitch with these mini Matryoshka doll ornaments.
I have long had a weakness for Matryoshka dolls, so when I saw these at Sew to Speak I HAD to make them. Had to. I get obsessed sometimes.
These little ladies stand less than three inches tall, and are made completely out of felt, embroidery floss, and a little bit of stuffing. There is a wonderful tutorial and pattern at this link.
As we decorated our tree this year, I realized that most of our ornaments belong to our children. As they grow and leave home to start their own homes, they will take all of the ornaments with them. And then, what about me? I'll have no ornaments. (I can hear you lamenting with me...) So I'm making them for Grandmas and Grandpas, and brothers and sisters, and a couple for Jeff and me, too. (But Jeff won't care, so they'll really be mine.) :)
I also realized that all of my older children have large collections of ornaments which have been given to them or hand-made for them by Grandmothers, but my little guys don't have many. Like many things that have been begun with the earliest children in a large family, the traditions kind of ran out by the time they arrived. This should not be! The littlest ones are the ones who decorate the tree around here, and they were a little sad when they realized that most of the ornaments belonged to the older children, not to them. So I will remedy this, beginning this year. The girls will have Matryoshkas, and the boys will have felt, hand-made Frosties.
Good thing they are quick to make!