We began making ornaments for family members back in 1990. Our first ornament was a small wooden Loon. In 1991 I painted a Santa or a Mrs. Claus or an elf, in 1992 they were pairs of wooden mittens. Some day I should photograph these old ornaments on one of our daughters trees..the first three years I did not keep one for us.
Here are the rest of the ornaments through the years. Note there is no ornament for 1998. It was a lousy seashell that year..our shell is still out in my garage in a box full of seashells. I heard they were a tad smelly even though we soaked them in bleach..and the sand was an added bonus! I was not going to do ornaments that year because we were in Florida for the winter..and at the last minute I caved.
1993 a wooden toy soldier.
1994 a shot gun shell santa.
1995 a big red sleigh bell.
1996 a wooden birdhouse.
1997 a wood turned snowman.
1999 clothespin angels.
2000 santa face on a bent spoon.
2001 a black walnut tree with buttons.
2002 a black walnut gingerbread boy with buttons.
2003 a decoupage photo..everyone was different.
2004 a wooden flag.
2005 a little light bulb santa.
2006 a hand carved candy cane.
2007 a beaded angel.
2008 a snowflake design burned into a piece of basswood.
2009 a loon wood burned and painted.
2010 a cottonwood bark hand carved church.
2011 a basswood spool with a hand carved santa face.
It has been an adventure. The idea behind this little gift is so that when someone gets married and leaves home..they will have a box of their very own ornaments to take along for their own tree. I make them for our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends…and a few special dogs and some cats too.
Now for the Spool Santa give away. Big drumroll. The winners are..
Blog reader Phyllis is the winner locally..I know where she works and I will drop off the ornament there! Changes in the Wind please contact me with your snail mail address. Congratulations to the winners..I wish I would have had time to carve more:)