I tried to have a handmade Christmas this year. We were about 80% there. The other 20% was in the form of Lego’s for Cameron and Thomas Wooden Railroad for Henry.
I sewed, baked, made candy and made a few photo albums and recipe books.
Here is one of my favorite pieces. I made this for my friend, Anja, she brings Cameron home 3 days a week for me. She is also my confidant on so many levels. I really cherish the friendship that her and I share.
I took a wool sweater and sewed the sides to form a pillow, I then simply stitched with wool yarn the rough outline of a snowman. I almost kept this for myself.
I baked some banana bread for some neighbors, the postman and our fresh connect delivery man. I simply wrapped the bread in wax paper and tied a simple bow around them. Of course I made my brother in law, Randy, his peanut butter balls.
I made a few basic quilts for my Mom, sister and niece. I sewed several table runners and napkins. I talked about the recipe book, here is what I did. I found a program on cvs.com that let you make a recipe book with a hard bound cover. You designed it yourself and it was ready in about and hour for pickup at the store. I usually do my photo books that way too.
I really enjoyed getting ready for Christmas this year. Cameron and Henry helped me along the way, even Mr. Miller was a good extra hand in the sewing room.
What were some of your handmade gifts this year?