Monday, November 15, 2010

Making Christmas Time

For the past three years we've done "Homemade Christmas" for our family. Most of the gifts are handmade by myself. My Mr. even gets his creative juices flowing and has contributed such things as puppet theaters and marshmallow guns.
Some of the gifts might be purchased from handmade venues like Etsy or local craft fairs. If there is a store bought item, it is usually there to accompany the handmade item (think books to go in a handmade book tote).
I've only five weekends to work on Christmas gifts before the big day.
And so the count down begins.

Last year I was working up until the day before and this year I'm getting off to a rocky start thanks to this lovely flu virus that has been making itself cozy in my house. (The hubby is all better now and I'm about two days behind him so I'm sure I'm on the mend!)

I have most of the materials gathered to start. The fabrics have now been washed and pressed for a week and are waiting to be pinned to their patterns. PJ pants will be back by request. Last years are ready for the rag bin they're so worn through!

Why my children are obsessed with those "snuggies" I'll never know. But I found a pattern and JoAnns was having 40% off of anti pill fleece, so what the heck, snuggies all around!

Have you seen the gorgeous bib necklaces that seem to be all the rage? I'm so excited to make those! And some big artsy fartsy headbands and hair pins too!

I've got more, but I gotta start somewhere and here looks good.

Now I'm off to bed with hopefully my last dose of Nyquil!

So what about you guys? How do you prep for Christmas? Are you a Black Friday kinda person? Or a "wait until the Eve of" sort of person? Or are you completely insane like me?


  1. Oh goodness, I really hope you feel better soon. Lots of fluids.

    And I did all homemade gifts last year. I'm attempting it again this year but with school we'll see. I did manage to get 5 items completed this weekend. And I have packages going out to family in less than two weeks! Aaahhh. Why do we do this to ourselves?!?

    Feel better soon.

  2. Awesome! I knew you would be among the "crazies". haha!
    If I had your sewing skillz, I'd bust out with more sewing projects than I've got planned! You do good with the clothes sewing.
    You are going through exactly what I am. Except you are going to school full time and I work full time. But YOU have a toddler and an infant! At least mine are big enough to understand "mommy needs some time to make Christmas stuff"!
    Good luck, and thank you, I'm already feeling much better this evening!

  3. I'm completely insane. Actually, we only buy gifts for our children – not for each other or the other adults in the family. We do cookie day, which is a lot of fun and a huge production, and I package up the goodies in cute containers.

    I love these projects, and the photographs of these projects! I can't wait to see how they come along.

  4. Mmmm...homemade cookies! And in cute containers as well! I was lucky enough to view some of your amazing looking food on your old blog last year. (Anne was showing off your lovely work.)
    So I can imagine how delicious and beautiul they are!