a well crafted christmas

I have to show off some of the loot I scored at Christmas. When one of John’s daughters suggested that we all exchange handmade or recycled gifts (or any combination thereof) I wholeheartedly agreed and passed the idea on to the Gaughan side of the family as well. I made out big time.

needle vase and oak table
Mom made me this cool, biologically inspired "needle" vase, which sits upon the GORGEOUS coffee table John fashioned from local oak slabs and planks.
hotpad
The Ultra Alpaca hot pad Mom gave to John.
pottery yarn ball
...and oh man, isn't this adorable? Mom's design for this "yarn ball" is simply brilliant. (That's Inca Gold being corralled.)

18 Comments

  1. aww.. what an amazing collection of handmade gifts! i’m pretty jealous.

    my family isn’t very crafty, but i love them, so i guess i’ll have to keep them.🙂

  2. I absolutely LOVE the yarn bowl. Please tell me that your mom is making them to sell somewhere? Because seriously, a mama-Gaughan yarn bowl needs to be in every knitter’s arsenal to hold Berroco yarns while knitting your designs.

    1. She is thinking of opening an Etsy shop. She’s firing some fairly soon and if the glaze is nice maybe…. I’ll be sure to post it if she’s selling them.

  3. Those are all beautiful, Norah! How do you get the yarn into the ceramic ball? Is it two half-spheres, or is there an open bottom? What a great Christmas exchange, too. Wish I had such a crafty family, but I have to settle for being the sole handmade gift giver…

    1. Yes, the bottom is open. Mom put a notch in the side too in case I am working on a project that needs to be mobile.

  4. Love it when people do the homemade Christmas thing. Especially when there’s so much talent! I run an Arts Council in rural Canada and tried to support our local artists by buying handmade this Christmas.

    LOVE John’s table! Would be perfect at our place😉

    And I went on a tour today, learning how to make pottery and was totally inspired by your mum’s yarn ball! Took inspiration from the design to carve into one of my plates.

  5. Let me reiterate the general acclaim — your family is extremely talented and you scored big time this Christmas.

    And I am another knitter who would buy a ceramic yarn keeper from your mom if she ever decides to make them for sale.

  6. Does your mother sell her pieces? I’d be interested in a yarn ball holder. It’s beautiful. You sure had a great Christmas. Such a talented family!

  7. Love the yarn ball design and would love to see it for sale. My Mom is a quilter so I do get some rather beautiful handmade gifts but we have no potters in the family.

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