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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.


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.)

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  1. Everything is lovely, but the coffee table especially is a knock-out!

    January 14, 2010
    • norahgaughan #

      Thanks Stephanie – I’ll be sure to tell John you said so. I love it!

      January 15, 2010
  2. Wow, what beautiful, gorgeous gifts!!

    January 14, 2010
  3. Annegret #

    The coffee table, the vase and the wool ball – fantastic ideas !


    January 14, 2010
  4. Nancy J #

    I so admire the “yarn keeper”. What an original idea.

    January 14, 2010
  5. what beautifully and thoughtfully crafted gifts! your mother, obviously an artist, has a wondferful aesthetic.

    January 15, 2010
    • norahgaughan #

      She IS an artist – an illustrator and graduate of the Dayton art institute.

      January 15, 2010
  6. 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.:)

    January 15, 2010
  7. stephjmg #

    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.

    January 15, 2010
    • norahgaughan #

      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.

      January 15, 2010
  8. you made out big time, gorgeous and crafty!

    January 15, 2010
  9. 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…

    January 15, 2010
    • norahgaughan #

      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.

      January 15, 2010
  10. You are one talented family, for sure! Love the yarn holder, especially. Could be a market for that lovely creation!

    January 15, 2010
  11. Kim #

    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.

    January 15, 2010
  12. 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.

    January 16, 2010
  13. Jan #

    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!

    February 5, 2010
  14. Marsha #

    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.

    February 5, 2010

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