Super short post today.

This is an ornament I made for my niece, Ashlyn.  It’s her first Christmas.  Last year I made her THIS ornament (she wasn’t born until a few days after Christmas but I wanted to send something just in case she arrived early) but now that I know her name, I made something more personalized for her very first Christmas.

I chose a seal image as my brother (and his wife) is from Newfoundland and a seal would definitely be associated with NL.   Ashlyn will be the first of our family not born in Newfoundland (I mean, since our family migrated to NL some time in the 1800’s) but I thought it would be nice to make her something that reflects her heritage.   I also figure there’s not much out there “ready made” with her name spelled the way it is.

I’m actually ordering her a bunch of books on Amazon for Christmas – some that have good ratings for first books and a couple that her dad (my younger brother) loved when he was little.  Some of the ones he liked are not necessarily mainstream children’s books but I thought it would be nice for her to have him read some of the same stories that were read to him as a child.  Unfortunately, several of the books we had growing up are out of print now.  I’d love to get a copy of “What Happened to George?” — my brother loved that book!