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    Successful gifting

    Last night's festivities with my grandsons included swapping Christmas gifts. I asked Megan if we could open gifts early in my visit rather than near the end to give me a few days to enjoy watching the boys make use of the gifts—pillow chaises for movie time (and reading and resting)—that I'd made with love, just for them.

    You never know for certain how things will go over with handmade gifts, especially those made for youngsters who have no filter when it comes to expressing their opinions and feelings about presents and other matters. It took no time at all, though, to see that the work I put into their presents was well worth it.

    Along with an accompanying gift of a few movies—including Monsters, Inc., their favorite—and bags of Gramma's confetti popcorn as movie snacks, this is one gift to Bubby and Mac I can mark as a sure success.


    Today's question:

    What is your favorite movie snack?

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    Those faces say it all - perfect gift, Grandma! (Love those bare feet!)

    I know exactly what you mean about handmade gifts. I am so excited when I can make something I *know* will be loved, but it's nerve-wracking, too.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Very cute! These are more practical than those pillow pets so popular a year or tw ago. I would say you had a winner on your hands with that idea.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterolga

    You certainly have a hit on your hand with the boys! Great smiles and I would have loved to have had one of those as a child -- heck, I'd love to have one now! Very cute!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Those are very cool. My kids would have LOVED them when they were little!!!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Greenthal

    So cool! Better than anything you could buy in store.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

    Those HAD to be a lot of work to make but sure look like they were much appreciated!

    Keep having fun with those cute little boys.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Adorable - total home run and how perfect that you can be there to see your precious grandsons use them every day. How talented you are and we know that every stitch was sewn with devotion and unending love!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flownwnandflown

    Those are awesome did a great job! And you can tell the boys really love them. Can I put my order in for a couple - LOL. I also love your confetti popcorn!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    I love the gifts! And for me, the perfct movie snack is really really buttery popcorn :)

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

    Great idea to open these terrific gifts early and begin enjoying them. I know you are enjoying seeing what a big hit they are.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie


    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

    These are really great! So super comfy and big enough for them to grow into! However did you attach the stand up thing on the back? Very cool!
    I love your idea to have them open early for you to enjoy too......the best part about giving! :)
    The closeups of the boys' attention and enjoyment are priceless!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    Thanks, everyone. I'm so happy they are happy with them. Super easy to make, just a little time intensive. It's four pillow cases sewn together, velcro at one end (so pillows can be removed and laundered), then pillows put inside each case. Maybe I'll post the directions one day, tho they're all over Pinterest; were one of the very first pins I ever pinned.

    Joan: No stand at all, it's just the fourth (top) pillow propped up as a back rest. All four pillows lay flat or you can stand up one end or the other.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Those are pure awesome. I'm glad the boys think so, too.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    These are so, so cute! Will look on pinterest for directions. Very fun post. Lucky grandma to be with them this time of year.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    Obviously a great hit with the boys. The smile says it all Lisa.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally Kabak

    Lisa, how do these fold up? Roll up? Tie up?

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    I've got to comment first on the gift - Wow! That was a winner. My grandkids love to lay on our floor and I bought them bean bags to lean on. Your gift is so great that they'll remember you every time they plop down on it. Movie treats - I love them all but popcorn comes in at number one.

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

    What a wonderful idea, LIsa! Your grandboys look so comfortable watching movies on their gift pillow loungers. They are defintely fantastic gifts!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    Wow! I must make one of those pillow chaises for myself! :D That sure looks cozy. Love the photos,Lisa!

    December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVidya Sury

    Those look AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdebra

    I want one of these! And the little guys look quite content! :)

    December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVikki Claflin
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