Steve's gift to me was a total surprise: hand-sewn sheepskin moccasins to keep my feet warm around the house. He went to great lengths to procure the materials: the shearling pelt, cowhide for the soles, waxed thread meant to imitate sinew, and a leather "S" needle.
Here's what the bottom looks like. And here are some photos that Steve took of the moccasins in progress:
He did not work from a pattern, but used my running shoes to get the sizing right.
(I know, he's amazing!)
The blue pieces are shoe inserts that he used to provide padding for my feet.
These things are so warm and super soft! And because they are made of all natural materials, my feet breathe perfectly. Using the left-over materials, Steve whipped up some ultra-soft, divinely warm mittens for Autumn. She loves them! Once they go on, they stay on, and her sweet little patties stay nice and warm!