Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nanaments

As a continuation of the last post I bring you


"Nanaments"!


When my mothers parents retired to Florida the community they moved to had a holiday bazaar every year. The ladies group my grandmother belonged to began to make felt ornaments to sell at the bazaar. These are some of my favorites.


Christmas/Winter Themes



Tiny Christmas Stocking







Silver Bells











Mitten












Jack-In-The-Box








Elf





Winter Sports Themes






Skiing Snow lady













Skiing Santa













Skiing Polar Bear?







Famous Characters






Bambi













Goofy









Snoopy










Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes and such






Winnie the Pooh










Kanga and Roo














Raggedy Ann and Andy













Wynken, Blynken and Nod











Mary had a Little Lamb









The Three Bears, sans Goldilocks








Humpty Dumpty









Pinocchio and Geppetto






And of course the big man himself







































Patterns were constructed and pieces were cut from felt. Sequins were hand sown, dozens per ornament. Individual pieces were pinned together, stuffed when called for, then sown by hand. Can you imagine the work that went into each and every one?

My Nana, personally, made HUNDREDS every year for over fifteen years. She could tell you the year each was made and how much it sold for. Nana started sending me nanaments the year I got engaged (1984 - remember people I am OLD!). I have dozens of them.

Hanging these ornaments on the tree is one of my favorite holiday traditions!

6 comments:

Jen on the Edge said...

Oh wow, what a great story. I can't imagine the work that went into all those nanaments. Truly a labor of love. How wonderful that you have so many!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

These are great. We used to make felt ornaments out of kits when I was young and I treasure those.

Shelley said...

Those are so adorable! What great family heirlooms. The things made by the people you love, those are what mean the most.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I covet your nanaments. They are SO cute, unbreakable and come with a great story.

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

I LOVE the mitten and the last Santa.

I also remember making some of those kits with my sister. I have no idea what happened to them

Holly (me.) said...

Reading about your nanaments, I am thinking of the ornaments I made at my Mammy's house as a child of 4 from salt, water, and flour dough. When the mister and I married, those ornaments were given to us for our first Christmas tree since Mammy felt it was a shame that young people tended to have near-naked trees. Thanks for the reminder, and for sharing pictures of those absolute treasures.