It’s december again, and in the Netherlands that means Sinterklaas is arriving in our cold little country. Sinterklaas is a cousin of Santa, and he comes bearing gifts. The Sint doesn’t fly over from the south pole in a reindeer sled, but he comes over on a boat from Spain. And together we celebrate his birthday on the fifth of december every year. Just like christmas we celebrate by buying each other gifts, but you have to add a poem to every gift. A little poem to express love for the person receiving it and, more importantly, to make fun of them.
We also do something similar to secret santa, but you have to make your secret santa something, as well as buy them a gift and write them a poem. My family usually goes all out for Sinterklaas. So we do the secret santa, buy everyone gifts, write everyone poems and then get together for an evening unwrapping gifts and reading every poem out loud. And since I have 3 brothers, and every year we bring girlfriends and/or boyfriends you can imagine this is a long, fun, and busy night.
This year I got my mom for secret santa. She is very much into weaving and has a massive loom in her living room (called a normalopatent if you were interested). She has so many accessories to go with it though and no room to put them and it drives my dad insane 🙂 So I decided to turn an old curtain into a wall hanging storage unit.
I took the curtain and cut it to a size I liked. Then I found an old pair of pants that belonged to my mom, an old jumper and shirt of mine, and some scrap fabric I still had lying around.
First I folded over the curtain at the bottom part en sewed it into 2 different pockets. Then I cut out 2 different styles of pocket from the old pants and sewed them on. I cut out 2 more squares from the jumper and the shirt. I made sure I used the bottom bit of the jumper and shirt so I would have edges that were already finished. Then I sewed them onto the curtain as well, and voila: wall hanging storage 🙂
My sister made me a beautifully painted paper mache balloon (with a poem about using it to visit my brother who lives in the caribbean). Unfortunately all the photos of it are on my mom’s camera. I did get 2 pictures of my family’s creations:
My dad made my brother a miniature version of himself of a plastic bottle he forgot to recycle, and with a marzipan head.
And my eldest brother made a snowman wearing warm footwear (her present) for my foster sister as she is always cold.