I'm Feeling a Little Sentimental...
Every year it seems I find myself in the same spot at about this time. I am ready to be done with the gardens, ready to be done with the HEAT of Summer, and most of all I am ready to start feathering my nest indoors. I was born in October, so maybe I am partial, but October is a special time of year to me.
I have always looked forward to trips to the local apple orchard or pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin for pies and goodies. Right now I am mulling over how to convert a few pumpkin spice recipes into gluten free versions for me. (If you have one please link up and share it below!)
I really enjoy decorating my home for the holidays. I think I have my Mother to blame for that. We grew up poor, but we didn't know it most of the time because my Mother infused our home with so much love and activity around the holidays that we were all spellbound making and baking wonderful gifts for everyone we loved.
Our home was filled with the Christmas music of John Denver and The Carpenters as we worked like elves in Mom's kitchen making baker's dough ornaments and fabric picture frames for gift giving. I can still remember many an hour spent at the kitchen table (all three of us girls and Mom) painting ever so carefully on delicate ornaments, sipping cocoa and hot cider. Mom is a wonderful artist though I haven't seen her pick up a paintbrush or tool in a few dozen years. I can still remember being awed at the perfect detail she could paint- making Santa look alive or giving an Angel a wonderful feathery halo.
October was the beginning of this magical time in my childhood. It took us several weekends to get all the gifts made and ready for Grandma, the cousins, and the rest of our relatives. It warms my heart to think of the joy on their faces when we'd all open our gifts. The best gifts were always homemade. I will never forget the wedding dress that my Grandma Pearl made for my Barbie doll. She was the best dressed Barbie ever.
This year I am going to rekindle our old family tradition. I am going to start making and giving a special handmade ornament each Christmas to friends and loved ones. It's time to start thinking about the next Homemade from the Heart blog hop...
Let the child in each of us be released once again.
|One of the ornaments I made years ago|
Do you have any fond holiday memories to share?
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