This week I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmas ornaments. They are all so special to me, collected or handed down through my life. I look forward to decorating the tree every year because it's like taking a stroll through memory lane. There are no distractions and there is no hurry so I am free to reminisce.
All of the photos today are of ornaments handmade by my Grandma Bonnie. I grew up with a set just like this on my tree, made by a great-aunt, and when I left home my mom revealed that there was another set, nearly the same, made by my grandmother. I nearly did backflips then (or maybe I nearly cried, instead) but you get the idea - these are precious to me. They are all made of felt and whip-stitched, with sweet details on each. I've only photographed four, but there are nearly a dozen to remind me of the time and care my grandmother spent on making beautiful things. They not only remind me of her, but they remind me that every little project I do, everything I make or write or photograph, is a legacy, that may one day sum up my memory to a family member. These remind me to take care and pride in all the things I do.
I try to find beauty in the everyday, primarily through my photography, which I share here. I also try to keep my brain thinking creatively every day, even if the rest of me is not in the mood, so the posts here are as much for me as they are for you.