ALBERT: "I remember...one Hogswatch I had my heart set on this huge model horse they had in the shop..."
[then he explains how poor his family was]
"...I still hung my stocking on Hogswatch Eve, and in the morning....Our dad had put in this little horse he'd carved his very own self..."
DEATH: "AND THAT WAS WORTH MORE THAN ALL THE EXPENSIVE TOY HORSES IN THE WORLD, EH?"
ALBERT: "No!" "It weren't. All I could think of was it wasn't the big horse in the window."
DEATH: "BUT HOW MUCH BETTER TO HAVE A TOY CARVED WITH--"
ALBERT: "No. Only grown-ups think like that....You're a selfish little bugger when you're seven."
Nevertheless, I still persist in making at least a few handmade gifts every Christmas in spite of the fact that some of my relatives persist in sending me detailed lists of what they would really like - (the lists seem to come earlier each year) - but it is all stuff anyone could buy at a store, and what's the magic in that?
One niece emailed what she wanted and I replied "I'm sorry, I already bought you a stuffed armadillo with wings." I hope she wasn't disappointed when what she got was actually a pillow with a picture of Wonder Woman on it.
|Reversible artist smock|
|Pokemon fabric on one side|
|Hello Kitty necklace from Perler beads modified from a pattern on the web|
|Frog Prince pincushion modified from a free pattern|
My son got an "Anti-Harry & David" gift which included turkey spam, Jelly Bellies*, Haggis, Vegemite, and spotted dick pudding.
I still haven't finished crocheting some gopher golf club covers for one nephew.
After that maybe it would be a good time to start on crafts for next Christmas. Maybe I should try to make one of the things on their lists. Does anyone know how to crochet a Wii?
*including some Jelly Flops.