There is no gift in my opinion, better than something that your grandma made just for you. I have wonderful things that my grandma's have made for me that I treasure. And my mom is carrying on the handmade tradition for my girls. She recently sent these sock monkeys.
My girls were so exited to open this box! Not only did my mama make them each a special monkey, but made them each a hat and scarf. And check out the kooky babies she found for them at the Wal Marts. They kind of creep me out a bit.... I think it's the eyes.
Aaaahhhhh! They're coming to get me! ...with their wee beady eyes...
These monkeys are great pals. Meet Mister Monkey, and Martha. Oh, and the little creepy monkeys have names too, Mister Mister Monkey, and Marlys. Little sis is always creative with the names. When she was 4 and she made her first bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop, she named her bear...Build-A-Bear Workshop. Then she went through a phase where she would name her stuffed animals things that she would just make up, like her cat Killik. She would think real hard to make up something original. A couple of years ago she named her Easter Bunny....wait for it....she thought she made this up.... Crap. People would lean down to her and say, "Oh what a nice bunny! What did you name it?" "Crap". Then there was her dear sweet animal "Ovary". Ooooh good times.
I love Mister Monkey's beret.
And Martha's hat too. She has to keep her little noggin warm.
They each have their own style.
Watch out, Mister Mister Monkey is lookin' at you funny.
One of my favorite things that my grandma made for us grandkids were her special slippers. She called them t.v. slippers. They were cushy and warm and she would let us pick out the colors we wanted. I recently searched online and found a pattern for slippers that look just like grandma's!
One of the things I love about these slippers is that you use good old Red Heart yarn. Nothing fancy. So they hold up well and are inexpensive to make. As I stitch these in the evening I feel close to my grandma, and know that I will make lots these for my future grandbabies.
Hey, who's little legs are those that snuck into my picture?
It's Zeke! He wants some slippers too. Isn't he adorable? I found him and his sister Claire, (who is hiding) on Etsy. The fabulous Lori makes lots of great creatures to adopt. I couldn't resist his little face.
I can't wait to finish this first pair of slippers. Just like grandma would have made. It's the little things like this that make me feel at home. x