a few years back i tried to make stockings for the boys, but they were just too...i don't know. not my style. dark red and green velvet with gold embroidery. yeah. don't ask me what i was thinking. i'm a bright color, silly style person who watches movies like "elf" to get inspired for my holiday decorating. anyway, i had leftover scraps of fabric from my advent calendar so i used those to applique and embroider the names, and used some felt i had to make stripes. ilya wanted his to be different from sashka's and mal's, so i made his red. then he requested a "monster snowman", so i did my best to make it look like one of his many monster drawings. it came out pretty accurate.
they're certainly not as polished and perfect as those velvet ones i'd made, but to me that's just part of the charm. just like i like popsicle stick ornaments the kids make better than the pier one li bien ornaments i've been collecting since '98. anyway.