Relaxing….

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after two extremely hot days it's just nice and warm and quiet today. the creative muse hasn't shown up yet – maybe she built herself a little hammock from a bamboo leave and is swinging somewhere up in the trees… relaxing…

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so i thought i'd  share with you some of the home-made and hand-made gifts that were exchanged in our family this christmas.

now i know what sebastian used all the glue for: he made a calendar for us with his art of other countries – soft pencil drawings of asia, new zealand, africa…

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while the teenager made glass jars layered with flour, sugar, rolled oats, choc chips, m&ms and pecan nuts – add butter and an egg and bake your own cookies! he also made cheese sticks and tapenade for the adults…

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the boys teenage cousins gave us CDs of their own music. our 15-year-old niece recorded a CD of her own songs, singing and playing guitar, violin, keyboards and percussion. our 16-year-old nephew has a band together with his sister and two friends. they had a CD recorded of their own original songs and have recently won a battle of the bands – very talented young people…

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and here are the presents i made for the boys – a pencil case each, one made from soft leather , the other from an old pair of jeans…

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for paul i made a new watch band. his old one had broken and he wanted 'something different'. he really loves rudrasha beads and so i came up with this…

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i also gave him a new shaving brush and to wrap the presents i covered a pannetone box with chinese papers…

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for my mum and sister i made diaries…

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and since the bougainvillea has finished flowering i needed to look for another option for wrapping paper: papyrus leaves…

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it makes me really happy that we have been able to exchange gifts that are made with love, spending time, effort and talent rather then money.

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2 thoughts on “Relaxing….

  1. l love to see families who do this..make presents with love. thie year we chose to put all our names into a hat and pick just one n ame…then make or buy something for that person with £20’s being the limit. next year we have already decided to make everytthing. It is great fun isn’t it?xxlove your images.xxlynda

  2. I don’t know how I missed this amazing present exchange, I am SO impressed with all of the handmade goodness and love evident here! Just wonderful!!

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