A special young friend is celebrating a birthday soon and so when we went to visit yesterday we took along a handmade gift. I Love having a young girl with an appreciation for crafts in my life, my boys have always enjoyed my handmade things but there is something very fun about crafting for a girl too (I've had fun, fun, fun in years past making her gifts). This girl has a connection to owls and so, when I saw this post, I couldn't resist making a woolly owl for her. I still have my sweater scraps from my patchwork blanket so I chose a gray one and got started.
I dug out our needle-felting supplies which haven't been used since we moved and needle felted the eyes and beak.
I stuffed it with some batting. The feet were cut from another felted sweater bit.
And then I used some buffalo wool (also in thrifted stash) to crochet a nest. The entire time E eyed it covetously and so I think I know what to make him for his Solstice gift. He does have a fondness for felted animals and I thought it was so cute that I might just have to make myself one too.
November has passed by so quickly that I could hardly believe it was already time to get the boxes of decorations out last night so we could find the advent calender. We put up the calender and then got out one of my favourite childhood decoration - this angel chime candle. We sat together and watched as the candles burned down and we talked about what we look forward to in December. This was always the first decoration I would set up when I was little, that way I could listen to it chiming as we set about putting out the rest of the decorations and there really is just something magical about candlelight, isn't there.
This afternoon E and I made some paper snowflakes (as we do each year) to decorate the windows then E lit the advent candle because the first day of the month always takes a bit longer to burn down than the other days (there are markings on the candle and we burn one section each day). And, as I took this photo I gave thanks again for the grace that brought us to this place...right here...right now.
Here's to a magical month.