When I was little, I fondly remember visiting my mother’s good friend, Hattie Lou’s house at Christmastime. Sweet, smiling Hattie Lou had a bromeliad farm and cows in her back yard and a pretty and comforting home, but what I remember most was her Christmas tree. I grew up with a Christmas tree chock full of a mish-mash of big colorful lightbulbs, handmade and storebought ornaments, all different and not a single glass ball in sight, strung all over with tinsel, wrinkled and curly from being reused year after year after year. I loved our family tree, but there was something revelatory about Hattie Lou’s tree as it had nothing but perfectly hanging 4 or 5 inch teddy bear ornaments all in different outfits with different colored fur. It was so simple and clean and wonderful. A Christmas tree of teddy bears. What could be better? I’ll tell you. She let me pick any teddy bear ornament I wanted off the tree for to keep.
Since I started making amigurumi a few years ago, I have always wanted to have a tree featuring only happy amigurumi ornaments all over it. I want it to have some ornaments that look like balls of yarn and a big happy crocheted star on top. I haven’t even come close to making that happen, but I came a little closer this year thanks to a custom order from someone named Lisa. She has a lovely tradition of giving both her daughters an ornament each year that represents them and what they like best that year. She has them customized with their names and the year. The ornaments then serve as a symbol of that year and something they can cherish with their own children and grandchildren someday. I love it and was very honored to be asked to make their annual ornaments for 2012. Here is the monkey I made for Ava and the pig for Hailey!
I love how they turned out and I was so happy to read Lisa’s feedback:
OMG they are too cute! I get my twins custom ornaments each year and this year the theme was their favorite animals: pig & monkey. I spend hours looking on etsy for just the right pig and found it here, but he is even better in person. Although Jess did not have a monkey in her Etsy portfolio she was able to make one for me based on only a picture; she is truly talented. They are both too cute to only display at Christmas time so that we might need to keep these ornaments out all year long. Thanks for also adding the name and year as that way my girls can always have a memory of the year when they grow up and they take them with them for their first Christmas tree. Jess’s talents extend way past what you see here so don’t be afraid to ask her!
It was SO nice of her to take a moment and send me that message!
I had to send those ornaments off, but I loved how they looked so much hanging on that little tree that I decided to make a few more to offer on Etsy. Here they are!
I will accept orders on ornaments until December 12th. Of course, any little thing I make can easily be turned into an ornament with an added loop on top, so if you’d prefer a little Baneling, happy star, bumble bee, guinea pig…I just didn’t get a chance to make an example of those. They are up in my shop here
I’m so excited for this holiday season. Our calendar is already packed with so many fun things to do…starting tonight when we head to Union Square for the Macy’s tree lighting ceremony and some winter window display viewing. It’s also Plaid Friday in Oakland today, so I’m going to try and walk down the street to a couple of my favorite local shops selling local handmade goods. I encourage you to find a similar store in your area or hop on Etsy and browse in your PJ’s to your heart’s content. By the way, if you’ve ever felt turned off by having to use Paypal to make an Etsy purchase, you no longer have to have a paypal account to shop in most Etsy shops, now, including mine! Plus, Etsy now offers gift certificates! What a fun stocking stuffer!
This is a pretty fun stocking stuffer, too. Here’s hoping your 2012 holiday season is unbelievadorable.
Someday I hope to have that amigurumi tree. Maybe someday I can offer one of Jhonen or Margot’s friends any of the ornaments off my amigurumi tree. And maybe that child will remember that amigurumi tree with the fond, comforting, Christmasy feelings that I remember from Hattie Lou’s teddy bear tree.
I hope you find your own sort of teddy bear tree feeling this season, in whatever form that may take for you.