Monday, November 29, 2010

A Handmade Christmas

Seriously, what could be better?
My husband and I have had a rough year financially and since I have enough fabric to supply a small craft store, I'm makin' gifts this year! My nephews, niece, and niece dog are all getting handmade goodies. I'm in the planning stages as I await measurements from my sister. I need to ask my brother how big his "daughter's" neck is. I might make her a collar or something. As I get stuff done I'll share it here!

Are any of you haveing a Handmade Holiday?

P.S. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving if you celebrate it. We did and I'm still stuffed!

12 comments:

K.Line said...

Yes - I'm making circle scarves (free pattern from Vogue Patterns mag). And maybe a couple of clothing items for my kid. Oh, and I like to bake for people. I think baked goods are a tremendous way to say you care - esp. when you're good at it! (I love it when people give me food goodies.)

KID, MD said...

I hadn't planned to - baby supposed to be here any time and all - but somehow ended up sewing and knitting something for nearly everyone in my family. How did that happen???

Big in Japan said...

Handmade is great. At least in my book. I already finished up a little jacket for my niece, and I'm trying to decide what to make for some of the others in my family. I think Dad is getting an apron (for grilling) from really cool Japanese canvas-a style worn by, and the fabric coveted by, many Japanese pub-masters. Scarves, clutch/pouches.... gotta settle on the rest and get busy!

beangirl said...

I should be having a Handmade Christmas, we certainly don't have any money for presents... but we (and by 'we' I mean, of course, 'me'-- the person who would make all these gifts from 'us'), we have no time. And more to the point, are highly disorganized. So we're not holding our collective breath.

But handmade is awesome, you go!!

Millie said...

I have madeone of my sisters an apron, and other than that I might make a couple of hobby horses for my little ones.
I made loads last year, and burned myself out! All I remember is making very complicated Tilda Santas, and one sister loving hers and the other just said, "uh yeah?". Won't do that again! Neighbours will get food goodies and teachers may get something hand-made, if I can decide what!

Heather said...

You all are giving me some great inspiration here! I never think about baked goods but my family loves that kind of stuff.

K.Line: I think I have that scarf pattern somewhere. Great idea!

Katie: It happened because you're totally awesome like that... I can't believe the babe is alomst here. That went entirely too fast! LOL!

BIJ: I love handmade stuff too. Love the apron idea. You must post pictures of the fabric. I wanna see it.

Beanie: I can see myself rushing through the gifts at the very last second. I'm as organized as you...

Millie: Yes, I think I'll make Conner's teacher something! Great idea! My mom made her sister-in-law something one year and let's just say she didn't like it. My mom said never again! I felt so bad for her, I know how you must have felt...

Thank you kindly for the comments and ideas girlies!

Clio said...

My 2 best girlfriends and I decided to do a handmade Christmas among the 3 of us this year. Although, since I am shorter on free time than I am on cash, they've agreed to count gifts that will support their handmade hobbies from me. So,m I am sort of cheating. But I always do a bunch of baked treats and candy for all my loved ones, and will do so this year too.

For the kids' teachers - my sister had her kids do decorated sugar cookies one year for their teachers, babysitter, etc. It got the kids involved and was a nice holiday project.

Heather said...

I think hobby supplies are excellent, Clio! I'd personally LOVE it! I think I may do a tote for my son's teacher but if I run short on time baking is always fun.

scherrj said...

Mugrugs have caught my attention this year. They are so cool and really actually useful for everyone I know. I haven't actually started construction but I have bought the fabric and started designing in my head. We'll see if it translates to reality :)

Handmade is always best :)

Heather said...

I've been seeing those around a lot. What a cute idea! I know I'd love one... LOL!

gMarie said...

We pretty much exclusively do handmade holidays. the rule is: made by you, made by somebody local or supplies to make something you know the recipient will enjoy. :)

I'm also doing a few small food goodies this year - sugared almonds I found on Tasty Kitchen.

Happy Holidays! g

Heather said...

Well, I think that is an excellent idea!! Most of my family is crafty so I don't see why we don't do it more!

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