For the last 12 years I’ve been buying the kids
each an ornament at the after Christmas sales.
For a while they enjoyed receiving them and hanging
their individual ornaments on the tree, but the last couple of years
they’ve decided that that decorating trees was a waste of time
and can’t understand why I would even buy them any. :-/
So last December, I decided that it was time to put away their ornaments
and collect some ornaments for myself and have a more grown up tree.
I got 20 of these ornaments at Trees and Trends 80% off on New Years weekend.
I like the colors because it goes with the soft colors in my home.
I knew I wanted to make some ornaments that were centered around Jesus;
nativities and/or had the names of Jesus on them, so I started looking ideas on how to
make them and started studying my collection of lists of His names.
I decided to make quilted ones because I love to hand sew
and thought they would last a long time (maybe survive the pets).
At first, I thought I would embroider His names on them,
but quickly decided that it would be faster/easier
to print them on the computer.
I designed 5 different styles of ornaments using Photo Shop on my computer.
I am making 5 of each ornament shape with different names
so that I will have 25 in all and around 150 of Jesus’ names.
The kid’s first reaction was, “They are so big.” They are about the size of my hand.
I wanted the print to be easy to read standing a few feet from the tree.
And I’d found so many names that I loved, so they had to be big enough to hold them all.
I’ve completed the first 5. I pieced the first 10 together before
our trip to Alaska so I could work on them on the planes.
It’s taking a lot of fiddling to decide on how to embellish them.
I am not sure I am in love with how they turned out. It will be strange
to see them on the tree this coming December (I hope I get them all done).
I am working on embellishing the second set of 5 now.
They are more centered around Jesus as the Lamb of God and have a little lamb
at the bottom instead of a cross that I am trying to decide how to embellish.
Maybe they won’t survive the pets. 🙂
Maybe I should be looking into getting some cat/dog repellant.