The photos were taken before I sewed the buttons on. I knew the light would be gone before I had them attached, so I improvised for the photo shoot. Plus, I was trying to decide between two sets of buttons. I ended up using white flower buttons, rather than these, because they provided a better contrast, and I think my niece will like them better. I sewed them on with thread that exactly matches the yarn. Very cute.
My Christmas crafting for others is done. I have more photos of all those projects to share here, but they will have to wait until the recipients have received their gifts. The next few projects on my to-do list are all for me me me! That's a fun way to start the new year, I think.
I did make the Springerle cookies yesterday. I used anise extract as the recipe instructed, which gives them a licorice flavor. Some people in the house aren't happy about that. Next time I make them, I will use almond extract. (Shelagh, if you are reading, what does your mom use?) I think I will package a couple of the cookies up and have my children give them to their German teachers as a little Christmas gift. Both of my children are studying German for their world language. I am certain before I even do this that my daughter will dutifully deliver hers to her middle school German teacher, but my son will "forget" to give his to his high school German teacher.