Happy Holidays

I have written before about my mom’s extraordinary creative abilities. In today’s post, to celebrate Christmas and honor my mother, I am sharing photos of Christmas decorations and other things she made over the years.

The yellow angel has been around for as long as I can remember. My mom must have made that in her early years of marriage. It is made out of fabric and scraps of trim with a ceramic head that she bought.

Handmade cloth Angel, 8″ tall

In more recent years when my mom was doing ceramics, she made a series of angels. In the following photos they are staged next to a blue ceramic basket that she also made (she did not make the plate leaning against the back).

Ceramic basket and 9″ tall Angel made by my mom
More from the Liz Sweder ceramic Angel collection
Closeup of the brown haired angel
Another ceramic angel, 8 1/2″ high

The gnome shown below is formed out of ceramic with a wool beard and actual stick for a walking stick. It is sitting next to a bronze bust of my dad that my mom also made, which eerily looks very much like him.

Bust of my dad next to a ceramic gnome

The Three Wise Men below are made out of felt and embellished with rick rack, beads, shiny ribbon and trim. The faces are embroidered on. Like the fabric angel, they are probably at least 60 years old.

The three wise men

The following gnome is four feet tall and made in the last 20 years. Some family members think he is creepy. Note in this photo he is standing in front of the kitchen fireplace checking his email. My mom made the fireplace tiles when they built the house (which she designed).

4′ tall tall gnome checking his email
Closeup of the kitchen fireplace with tiles made by my mom
Living room fireplace with Liz Sweder made tiles

Happy Holidays to all and wishes for a better 2021.

Published by Meg Hanson

Hello. I am a recently retired empty nester. My husband and I moved to Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, after living most of our lives in the Minneapolis area. I have no trouble keeping busy with knitting and spinning of wool, selling yarn and handmade goods, reading, walking, watching movies, surfing on the internet, traveling, doing bookkeeping for our family cabin, and spending time with family.

17 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. Lovely memories! Thanks for sharing! Grateful I had a tour of the house by Lif and Don, pointing out so many of the creative highlights. They took such joy in their home, family.y and life they built together. Merry Christmas and happy memories, Love, Mary Ellen

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  2. What a great idea for a post! I love seeing all these favorites items together like this. It is fun to remember the different places these pieces were displayed over the years. The three wise men always sat on the marble top cabinet in the front hall in Edina. Do you remember another angel made of a base of Styrofoam, covered in tinfoil over braided trim to give the shape of the tinfoil detail, and then it was stained, to look antiqued? I even remember seeing her making that with Joan Stevens in the Stevens’ basement, working on a ping pong table. We came over to their house after school because the two moms had spent the afternoon making these angels. Bet it was an idea from a magazine. That angel was around for years, but must have got tossed when they moved. I wish we had pictures of the fancy frosted sugar cookies she made in different shapes with cookie cutters. One year in Michigan she made enough of those fancy cookies to decorate an entire tree in the lobby of our elementary school in Grand Rapids.

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  3. I loved seeing all these wonderful things! I think your mother gave me one of the angels! I also remember her huge collection of rabbits! I had never seen all those beautiful tiles! Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  4. These are beautifully made and lovely keepsakes. Your mother was very talented. I am not sure why, but somehow this post encourages me to continue to pursue my creativity. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you for reading! It is amazing to me that people all over are finding my blog. And lately we have been loving Outlander, so it is fun to connect with someone who actually had lived in Scotland.

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