I’m sitting here on the first day of 2024 writing this post and counting my blessings and my sips of coffee and watching the national playoff games and hoping with all my heart and crossed fingers and toes that Texas wins.
But I digress.
If you have been reading this blog for more than a hot minute you already know what I’m about to post.
You guessed it (I can see you nodding).
It’s handmade present week.
If you are new to the blog, here’s Reader’s Digest version of our yearly handmade present exchange. I have a big family of brothers and sisters and we all made handmade gifts for each other every year. But before you think simple, quaint, ordinary handmade gifts.
Please think again.
These are over-the-top, one-of-a-kind, truly-unique-never-been-created-before kind of gifts. Like the lampshade made from my father’s slides and the handmade boxes that look like people and the thistle artwork created from the first 750 words of my blog and the Christmas tree made from silver sugar bowl lids.
And on and on and handmade Christmas present on.
But this year? Maybe it was that we almost lost my brother to Malaria, or that there were a lot of challenges this year, or maybe we all just felt extra creative….
….but this was THE YEAR OF THE HANDMADE PRESENT.
So much so that I had to devote the rest of the week to the handmade presents of Christmas 2023.
Starting with this.
Before we discuss the gift that my sister created it out of a few random scraps of cardstock and a few drops of glue and a whole lot of imagination? This was the sister who helped me find the mini houses in the back of the vintage shop and gave me the idea to make my own house.
I feel the need to repeat what my niece told me this Christmas.
“I feel like you are in your tiny house era, Aunt Kari,” she said.
And she’s not wrong.
I have tiny houses and glitter houses just like this one all over the house. My sister came at Thanksgiving and I was showing her all these glitter houses and how much I loved them. I have an entire village of them with a bakery and a pet shop and a hotel and a restaurant.
And that discussion?
Inspired her to make this.
CAN YOU EVEN?
She made an exact glitter house replica of the house we both grew up in.
Here’s my house this Christmas.
And here’s my glitter house.
Here’s my front porch.
Here’s my glitter house’s front porch.
I may or may not currently be up to 55 tiny Christmas houses.
But don’t tell the other houses?
There’s a new favorite on the block.
She knows the house inside and out and the attention to detail is amazing.
There’s a bay window on the side of the house and she added it to the glitter house.
It extends from the side and she added the glitter roof to the house.
We got a new roof a while back and here’s the paper roof.
In all of it’s glitter glory.
She even mimicked the roof line.
She added the porch and the railing to the front of the house.
And added columns to the front.
And even wrote out our house number like on our real house.
There are green wreaths on all the windows.
And the front door.
And the wreaths have red ribbon just like the wreaths on my house.
She even added poinsettia to the front porch steps.
And a railing to the front of the house.
Just like the railing on my real house.
But just when the house couldn’t get any cuter?
WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THIS.
She recreated the back of the house, too.
A mini porch with a wreath on the door just like our house.
But the best part?
She even added the little dutch door on the back of the house.
Our favorite door.
The door that we have walked through wearing generations of outfits. From stirrup pants and Aqua Net hair to yoga pants and messy buns.
All the chapters.
All the history.
All the stories.
Held together with glitter paper and glue…
….and the bond between sisters.
Happy New Year.
It’s going to be an amazing one.