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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gifts That Remind Us Of Love

As I cleaned and straightened after the Easter Holiday and packing away all of the decorations, towels and miscellaneous eggs and bunny items, I came across our favorite gifts given to us this year. 

I've shared with you many times our little granddaughter's loving hand made gifts, and this holiday was no exception!  And ~ these really are 'hand made' gifts!

These Easter Lilly's are an outline of her little hands, traced around the edges with yellow for definition, signed inside, "Happy Easter 2012 Elise" with a yellow pipe cleaner for a stamen.  

Each one sits on a straw and  has a vase made of a toilet paper roll, covered with tissue paper.  I just couldn't pack this away, so it sits next to the fireplace for now.  Sitting with it is this darling little book ...
Our crafter really took some time creating Grandpa's Shooting Star Flip Book.  I have to tell you, this girl has the crafting gene!  She loves crafting and she's got quite an imagination!  The 'Ultimate Crafter' can begin a project and complete it using almost nothing but her God given talents, and she already qualifies!  This book is pages and pages long, bound with tape, like a real book, and stapled so it won't come apart!  And - it actually tells a story!  Here is a brief version of the book ~ ~

The 'Shooting Star' as it begins it journey across the vast oceans of space from way far away ...

Skip ahead several pages to the shooting star entering Earth's atmosphere!  Look at the detail of the star's tail and the continents and oceans of Earth!

Closer, ever closer . . .

Grandpa sees the shooting star!  Do you see the Man in the Moon in the upper right hand corner?  And, take notice of Grandpa's face (click on the photo) as the shooting star gets ever closer . . .

Uh-oh , closer . . .


Always wish upon a star, as Wishes Do Come True!!!

Is this the sweetest book ever?  Thank you, Elise!  You bring so much joy and love into our lives, into our hearts.  All of our grandchildren and children do, but you always make sure you bring us a little something to look at, to hold in our hands!  We love you, Sweetie!

Our older grandchildren use to do the same - in fact, I hang Christmas ornaments every year that my children, Connie, Albert and Jeff, made for me while growing up!  From Ryan and Jeff, Connie's boys who are already grown, and now from Albert's children.  There's no greater joy then the gift of Grandchildren!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  We are enjoying a weekend of 90+ degrees before another round of storms next week.  Although it's only supposed to get 25 degrees cooler, so a warm rain this time!

Blessings to all, and thank you for taking a look at my treasures.  I'd love to hear what your children and grandchildren make for you!



  1. The "hand" made flowers are just darling and the book is priceless! She must take after her Grandma Donna. So sweet!

  2. I love all your special little gifts from the gramds, Donna. Is there anything sweeter in the world? I love how much you love those kids! xo Diana

  3. The things made by small hands surpass any others! I have saved some that my children created and come across them once in awhile.

  4. Hello Donna,
    Love the things your grandchildren made for you, so sweet. I treasure everything, my boys made for me and now my grandsons.
    Thank you for sharing yours.
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  5. Hi Donna,
    Oh how beautiful those Easter lilies are! Aren't they clever? And I love that flip book!!! And I hope that Don's dreams come true--and yours too!!!!

  6. So beautiful the hand made flowers and the flipping book are! If I get the creativity as Elise, I'll also make numerous hand made gifts to my friends in different holidays and birthdays to surprise them.

    flippingbook maker

  7. Yes, for sure my friend, obviously Elise has a crafting gene!!! No wonder she made such wonderful gifts for her Grandparents! How creative and clever she is! I'm so happy you have such loving grandchildren by you! Isn't that the most precious gift in life?!!
    Hope your Sunday is fabulous!
    Much love,
    LS xoxo

  8. Such creativity your grands have! I know they got it all from you.

  9. Donna, I love the crafts your made. Those are memories also. My g.daughter Emma is craft crazy...she loves to craft. Enjoy your day , Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

  10. Just adorable! Made me smile, Donna! I think I see a future author in your family. lol!

    xoxo laurie

  11. I love to receive hand made gifts too Donna. These are precious reminders that your grand children love you and love making things for you. These gifts are so wonderful.


  12. Hi Donna,

    Your sweet granddaughter already has a talent for crafting. Be sure to keep these and show her husband when she gets married ... lol.

  13. Hi Donna,
    I am sorry to be so late in responding to your visit, but I was out of the country with my mom.
    Your granddaughter has filled your life with heart felt memories that I am sure you will cherish forever. What a talent she has and is already sharing.
    Have a wonderful week and hope to see you soon,

  14. Hi Donna, aren't homemade gifts the best! I still have some from my children and now from my grandsons and I love them all! Enjoy your day my friend, Gail

  15. So sweet and creative! She certainly did get Grandma's crafty gene!

  16. Beautiful gifts. So very special just for her grandparents. I love it!


  17. Those are both treasures beyond measure!!!!!