Welcome to handmade Christmas gift edition 2016.
If you are new here and you’ve never celebrated the holidays with us, I need to start with a little explanation.
Our family makes gifts for each other every year. We started small. Someone made soap and then someone knitted something and then there was the year someone made trash cans with faces.
And then all that soaping and knitting and trash-can decorating turned into something a little more elaborate.
Like a picture of a thistle composed entirely of words from my blog.
Or a bowl carved from a tree that my father grew from a sapling.
Or a stone doormat created from pebbles collected from every state in the union and stamped with each state’s bird (no one actually did that, but you never know…it might happen next year).
And so it was on Christmas morning 2016….
….I opened this from my brother.