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December 5: Ornament

There are so many ornaments to choose from that, at first, I thought it would be difficult to decide which one to use for today. But once I went out and looked at the tree again, I knew exactly which one to show.

This summer, my grandpa passed away. It was both unexpected and not. His mind and spirit were fully intact, but his physical body took a rapid decline in health, frighteningly so in the last week. Of course, we all know that our time here on earth doesn’t last forever, but it was hard to imagine that someone as strong, stubborn, and ornery as my Gpa could ever succumb. He was a fixture, the patriarch. A man like that doesn’t just… leave. While we know he is with his Savior in heaven, we still feel the hole of his absence here as we continue in life.

Yet, we find ways to remember him.

IMG_6302I am the first grandchild, the firstborn of a firstborn. I had the privilege (unbeknownst to me at the time, of course) of transforming my Gpa and Gma from parents to grandparents. That’s pretty exciting stuff. My Gpa loved to tinker and create and try new things. He cut out this heart-shaped ornament from some kind of plastic resin stuff and etched in my name and birthdate and then made a hook to hang it with twisted wire. I know he made ones for my next two siblings; I’m not sure if he still had the supplies once my cousins began entering the world (anyone?). Hanging this ornament was extra special this year. I’m thankful that he made it for me and thankful that he passed on his love of creating and experimenting to me.

I love you, Gpa!


Every year for the past 7 or so years, I’ve participated in an ornament exchange with a group of friends. The last couple of years, I’ve made the ornament that I give, and crochet tends to be a good medium. Of course, a lot of that depends on the pattern and the yarn! I want my crochet ornaments to look delicate and classy; not like they time-traveled here from the 60s.

This year, I knew I wanted to make my recipient an angel. I searched through a ton of angel patterns. I wanted one with a robe that stood out full — not just a 2D Flat Stanley angel. I also needed one that was ornament-sized instead of a full-on tree topper. This pattern met all the criteria.

Here’s my angel!


My friend has received it now and said she loves it. I hope it brings her a smile every time she sees it!

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FYI: This may be the last you see of me this week. I’ve been poking along on the girls’ dolls and finally looked at a calendar. Holy Time Crunch, Batman! I’ve gotta get a move on! The kids have been less-than-cooperative in this process. Last week, Granota kept popping out of her room unexpectedly during naptime whereas normally she never leaves her room. That got me all paranoid. Saturday night, I gated off the loft, turned the armchair around backwards and hauled up my fabric and doll pattern book. Were the children content to just let me work since Mr. Gren was home? No. If Maman is not accessible at all times then we’ve entered a crisis situation. All three of them sat at the gate and bleated at me like little lonely sheep, which makes concentration on much of anything more difficult than it should be. So where we stand right now: 1 assembled yet bald & naked Axl (I can just imagine the blog hits I’m going to get now); 1 Axl as Lt. Dan; 1 mostly constructed white jacket; 1 pair of white pants that I’m not completely happy with; and 2 little black t-shirts cut out but waiting to be sewn. Still lots to do!

Have a great week!

Mystery #1 revealed! Silver threads

Some friends of mine and I participate in a Secret Sister ornament exchange each year. This year, I’ve been on a crochet thread kick and decided to make a pretty little silver bell. Mystery #1 revealed! Those pretty sparkles in my “sneak preview” post were from the metallic thread I used to make the bell. After it was all crocheted, I stuck a plastic egg inside of it and starched the heck out of it. Now it will hold its shape for all time. Or until it gets wet. (Don’t get it wet!)

Here was the mystery photo, which will make so much more sense when you see this:

Ring-a-ling, hear them ring

I’m considering making a whole bunch of these and stringing them together in a garland next year.

And on the theme of silver threads, this morning when I woke up, I was looking out the window and saw the trees draped with frosty cobwebs. It looked so magical. Now, make no mistake, spiders are my very worst fear in the world. I can sense a spider’s presence before I see it, and then, once I see it, I’m a petrified, shrieking mess. However, I can appreciate the delicacy and beauty of a web, especially when it’s 22 degrees outside and I know the suckers who made them are D-E-D.

The sun was coming up and I knew it wouldn’t be long before the frost melted off the webs and I wanted to be able to share it with all of you because they look like crochet lace. So I went out in my bathrobe, slippers and beret (it’s cold out there!) so that you all could enjoy these beautiful webs, too. It’s a good thing that none of our neighbors are close enough to see, otherwise I might end up on somebody else’s blog.