The Handmades: Christmas 2009
Goodness, it’s taken me a while to compile this somewhat incomplete list! It’s been a long (long) week it seems.
First, our christmas cards — I wanted to mention them because we sent postcards this year — what an incredible paper reducer! I loved the cards themselves – and loved the reduced bulk of paper that ends up in the recycling/landfills.
A friend & I spent a day making chocolates for some friends while our 4 kiddos played mostly well all day (of course since we were in the kitchen they naturally wanted to join in, but for the most part it went very well!)
I made calendars for many family members from lulu.com… Shipping one of these to New Zealand to my sister was slightly crazy (financially) and a lesson learned. If there is a next calendar, it will have to be travelled in a suitcase like last year’s was!
There was this nice hat for my brother that became my sons… who then informed me it was picky after wearing it once. Oh NO!! i was oh-so-hoping that he wouldn’t be sensitive (i’m *really* sensitive to wool) but somebody told me to try washing it in hair conditioner – that it often helps… worth a try 🙂 (otherwise, i’ll line it with fleece) Oh — and my brother got a duct tape wallet too that I forgot to snap!
There was a photo board on a canvas for my father in law (I have another canvas that same size, i want to make this for our random photos too!)
There were jars of dry soup and dry chili and our favorite pasta sauce spices/herbes for stockings on new years day…
A sweater for my mother that I did NOT complete… still working on it and hoping it’s done soon — a little bit because i’ve been working on it since November 1st and it would be nice to start another big project 🙂
And a few other things — a backgammon wet felted board for my husband as well as a sweater that didn’t turn out very well – and I’ve decided to unravel (unless i find somebody it fits well, but I doubt it!) Also a gorgeous felted bowl for my sister in law — but my photographs are currently being held on a computer that doesn’t turn on at the moment! there were also a few photographs and lunch bags…
Most important thing I learned: This year, start MUCH earlier (as in now!!) or keep the projects minimal. This was too much, much too much!! (as you can see by the unfinished portion of the gifts!!)