Monday, 5 January 2009

Handmade Gifts and a Crocheted Creature

In my last post I said that I'd received some lovely, hand~made presents for Christmas. I've finally taken some photographs of them all and here they are.

I'll start off with pictures of a little colourful vase:


and a sweet terracotta dove:




These were both made by the mother of one of the little boys I worked with last year. Aren't they exquisite?

I'm very fond of the dove ... the little boy and I share a love of living things and we used to talk about the birds that came to visit our gardens. I told him about the fledgling doves that used to wait for their mother on the fence outside my kitchen window:




He chose the pottery dove especially for me.
(The thought so many children, and parents, put into the gifts that they give me, handmade or not, is really touching.)

I also received a crystal wreath from a colleague I work closely with:

The Christmas before last, she gave me this beaded angel:

It's really tiny ~ only half the height of my little finger. I love the delicacy of both the angel and the wreath.

Last, in my array of hand~made gifted goodness, is a button cuff that my dear friend Robbo bought for me:



It sits really comfortably on my wrist and I've been wearing it a lot.
I wish I knew the stories behind all of those buttons!

...and finally,
here's a picture of some crochet I've been working on,
my very first amigurumi:



Can you tell it's the beginnings of a cat?!
The pattern, and an image of a complete kitty, can be found in Mutts, over at etsy.
It's fiddly but fun to make. It crochets up quickly too; hopefully I'll have photographs of a finished feline to show the next time I post.

Have a wonderful week!

10 comments:

2paw said...

I can see it is a cat: a very cute cat!! You have such lovely gifts but I do like the button bracelet!!

Rae Byuel said...

Wow! I can see the cat, great job! I agree I do like the button Bracelet! Come visit me @ http://learncrochet.blogspot.com

RB

Nan said...

That cat is so cute with the flower eye! What fun.

You take some amazing pictures of the gifts your were given, I love the dove, as well as the bracelet, well... darn, I like the angel, the vase and everything else too!

Happiest of New Years to you and many blessings! Nan

Indigo Blue said...

Happy New Year to you. Lovely gifts, especially the crystal wrath, very unusual. Cute crochet too. Let us see it when you have finished it won't you?
xx

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Pretty buttons -- I am definitely into the blue and green these days! ;-) And yes, I can tell that's a cat! It'll be fun to see it when it's done. (Thanks for your nice comments on my blog!)

little red hen said...

I love that dove too!

Brandi said...

we have a pair of doves that nest in one of our trees and it just makes me happy to see them!!
I love your gifts-they are truly beautiful-especially that button cuff!

Iron Needles said...

Love that vase! I truly appreciate the handmade gifts I recieve. Perhaps because I tend to give such myself.

Thanks for visiting my place, and I appreciate the comment on my photography effort. I am no great shakes at it, just point and shoot! When it comes to the Rockies, it's the subject that is grand.

lizzzknits said...

You must be a very special person to garner such wonderful thoughtful gifts. Isn't ravelry wonderful that we can have friends from around the world!

Fiber Deviant said...

what great gifts! love the story behind the dove!