This year I decided to make a few of the Christmas gifts, I however ran into a few snags along the way. Actually that is not entirely true, I only ran into one snag but it was pretty major, I ran out of time.
Next Christmas I need to plan better. This year, although I knew what it was I wanted to make I underestimated the time required to make them. That and the fact that I left it all to the last minute, I am training for a ½ Ironman and I decided to take cookie orders all kind of played against me.
I am however very happy with the gifts that I did manage to make, the others, oh well, the intended recipients will never know that there were actually a few other gifts planned for them.
For both the grannies I made a cushion cover each, out of clothes from Little OL’s first year. I intend to make a quilt out of the blocks I cut, but realised that I have a few blocks extra, so made 2 cushion covers. (I still need to make the quilt)
I personalised each one a little by making sure at least one block was from an item of clothing that they gave to Little OL.
For my mother-in-law I also baked biscuits. I saw this tutorial on line with this colour scheme and idea for the Christmas trees and thought it was stunning. I deviated a little as I was trying to do it from memory but am very happy with the way they came out.
For the Blog Secret Santa that Stiletto Mum was running on her blog I also made a couple of handmade items. The first item is a notepad I covered. I used a normal cheap notebook then decorated the cover a bit using dress-making pattern paper, paint, washi tape, printed letters and a fineliner pen. I am very happy with the way it turned out and hope that the person I gave it to like it.
The second is a “Best of my Days” calendar using a printable from Ashley at Under the Sycamore. I printed quite a few of these and gave them to some of my friends and family as well. Follow the links to have a look – I did not take a photo of them. (also just a note to add that Ashley’s blog is one of my favourites!!)
There were a few other items that I made as well, but forgot to take photos off – like Christmas Cookies for Little OL’s teachers and cards.
I had planned on make more Christmas Cards but…. next year. My word for 2013 is going to be “DO”
I hope you all had a very good Christmas and a that 2013 brings all you hope for.