Turn and turn about. Here are Christmas presents which I made. As you shall see, I enjoyed making (most of) them immensely, though in sooth, I had to work feverishly.
First again are the stocking stuffers, commonly known as 'SS's', an ancient historical name.
Here is Kateri's very small one (which didn't actually get stuffed in a stocking, but it was meant to), a needle-felted beetle in a carefully-marked matchbox! 'I had a little beetle, so that Beetle was its name/I called him Alexander and he answered just the same...' Its recipient was well-pleased, especially about its legs which feel tickly (because they are painted yarn).
Other Ss's for Kateri and Eliza are some semi-historical linen ragdolls. Their faces are drawn on with charcoalish pencils. One is named Alice and the other... I don't remember. Being linen and linen filled, they are kind of stiff and make a satisfying thwack after being thrown across the room.
Here's Mother in her new nightcap. Good for being Wee-Willie-Winkie or the Ghost of Christmas Past. Also popular among the young fry.
I made four bookmarks for 'cheap and easy' stocking-stuffers, for lack of enough good ideas. They were terribly fun to make.
Anna's is a not-so-common nursery rhyme. The picture depicts Anna, renowned for disliking Math. Mary Rose's is another Hot Cockalorum bookmark. Hot Cockalorum had just gotten to be a common rattled off thing, so Anna & I had the same idea and never knew it.
Here are the backs. If you must give bookmarks, they ought to be interesting. So: a mess of mathbooks and papers and et c. for Anna's and the main elements of the story for Mary's. There is the Master, the Barnacle, the Squibs & Crackers, the White-faced Simminy, the Hot Cockalorum, Pondalorum, High Topper Mountain, and the little maid.
These two belong to Dad and Jonathan. Birdish! Scientific! Dad's is all about Whooping Cranes. Ha ha! I stuck Jon with birds! He got an illustrated list of the 32 orders of birds plus the family with no order, from Tinamiformes to Passeriformes. The excuse for him getting it was that it's Latin. It helps memorization, but I sincerely doubt that Jonathan will use it for such.
Back of Daddy's, Front of Jonny's. His got rather crowded, 'cause I forgot to write some stuff until I had filled up most of the space.
On to the Main Presents. Long ago the term 'under-the-tree presents' was discarded in favor of 'MP's'
Here are Eliza's watercoloured paper dolls I made. Kateri had asked for paper dolls, and if one was to get 'em, so must the other. They have lots of costumes from different times and a folder to keep them in. I had to spend a good bit of time snipping clothes so they'd have them all at once.
Here are Kateri's, the same only different, as the saying goes. Whoopie! There's Kateri herself, with a mop of hair. Of course Kat always is saying, "It's not fair, Eliza has a drum suit and I don't", but I ran plum out of time.
Mary Rose also got what she asked for, that being a map of Middan-Eard. I mean Middle Earth. I copied it from C. J. R. Tolkien's. I had wanted to make one anyways... 8.5 x 11". Now what would be awfully fun, would be to make a lots bigger one like Jonathan's got on his wall. But then, there's not space on Mary's wall for that anyway.
Important note from a sharp-eyed character: I left out writing Eriador by accident. Don't panic. I can fix it.
This is something I gave to Anna. It is called in this land a Thais-frock, or a Flourbag, but in some places is known as a Nightshirt, and was called of old a Shift. (It was tolerably pleasant to make until I got to the collar-neck thing, and then it was beastly.) Made of a sheet, it is meant to be used as a costume when dressing as peasants, hobbit-lasses, gipsies, and the like. It's called Thais-frock after a character which I played in our movie, who wore such a garment.
Here come Josiah's presents. A little toy hawk! Actually a Merlin, which is a falcon. It attempts to be realistic enough to use as a movie prop.
Made of wool and needle-felted, primarily. Also made of wire, wrapped with wool for feet, sculpey beak, wood eyes, paint, cloth wings. It has real duck feathers on wings and tail, which I painted with stripes.
Here comes Jonathan's MP. Watch out. It is weird or peculiar.
A drawing of a certain pipe-smoking gentleman. Well, how was I s'posed to know what Jonathans like for Christmas?
He said it was Jumbucky, which is a made up word, derived from 'Jumbuck' Australian for a wild sort of sheep. Jumbucky applies to things slightly wacky or wonky, or phony, or not-quite-right. But, again, I had a jolly time drawing it, and whistling 'Skye Boat Song' a zillion times simultaneously.
Looks more natural climbing up this potted tree.
Last comes Mum&Dad's shared MP. This, Anna claims, was all her idea, though I would probably have painted a picture of something anyways. An addictive present. Once I got started, I wanted to work on it all day.
I had yet another great time on this, the greatest time of all. But, being a bird person, I was for a while too fond of the fell beast, it being if not a feathered, at least a beaked creature. And as I painted it, I would think things like, 'fancy a nazgul-beast gular fluttering' 'a nazgul-beast has three eyelids like birds. Oh, yeah, let's draw the fell beast's third eyelid' It is not scientific though. If it's s'posed to be like a vulture, it should have Anisodactyl feet. But then if it needs to grab things, it should have strong Zygodactyl feet... Don't worry. I despised it by the time the W.K. of A. was painted astride it.
Well, that is the end.
Posted by Lydia G. T.