So every year for about the past five years, I've been making my mom a stand-up, desk top calendar for Christmas. I give it a different theme every year, and she loves them. My dad passed away almost 19 years ago, at the age of 64, from mesothelioma, and my mom misses him more every day. Some calendars I've made with just photos of him & her, some of her & her family from when she was a little girl all the way to the present, some of just her children (including me, of course!), and this year's was a montage of Christmas photos from my mom's single days, to the present.
I also wanted to make her something different this year, and when I saw all the glass block art people were doing, especially with the Cricut, I knew I had to try it. I bought the new Cricut Explore back in September, but hadn't really had time to use it much. I didn't need it for my project, as I printed the photo I used on vellum, and attached it to the inside of the glass block. Some folks were etching the block first with the frosted sprays, then cutting their photo out in vinyl after turning it into a stencil type black & white photo. Those look really fantastic, but I didn't have time for all that, as this was a last minute project, which I'm famously known for doing. Last minute that is, not this particular project!
I think it turned out great, and my mom loved it! This was a photo from around the time my mom & dad got engaged, about 60 years ago.
I also had to finish up these Christmas stockings for my newest grandson, Lucas. My mom loves to cross stitch, and had made up the stockings over the past year. She doesn't sew though, so I did the linings and backings. At the age of 81, my mom is still an amazing counted cross stitcher. Her work is so pretty, meticulous & neat. Her backs look almost as good as her fronts. She's been having a lot of numbness and pain in her right hand though, and she is right handed, from a compressed carpal tunnel nerve. She had surgery on December 19th to release the nerve, but her hand is still very numb, so she is unable to cross stitch at this time. Her doctor said it could take up to six months to see improvement. She's very bored without her cross stitch, so please say a prayer if you will, that her hand improves enough that she can continue to do what she loves best.