I feel like I was particularly productive in the lead up to Christmas. I’ve already shared some of the things I made here. Lillian’s Christmas dresses. The Christmas bunting and the matching pyjamas. I also made Edward two pairs of shorts. Three if you count the pair that didn’t fit.
As well as all this sewing I tried to make as many presents as possible. It’s certainly not the easiest or fastest route (or even necessarily the cheapest) but the experience is much more enjoyable than traipsing around a shopping centre and the satisfaction is certainly higher when a gift is well received. I was a little slack in photographing these gifts as I didn’t want to share pictures before they were given, but there were a few sneak instagram peaks along the way.
For the girls in the family (my step-sister, my step-sister-in-law, and my sister-in-law) I made these polymer clay necklaces. They all got different colours and actually the one in the picture here is one I’m keeping for myself! I also made matching stud earrings. In a funny coincidence Dave’s mum bought me a necklace almost the same for my present! (I love it too.)
For my step-mother I put together a little package with a set of nice tea-towels, a Christmas baking cook book, a crochet cotton dishcloth (no photo oops) and this set of wooden spoons that I painted the ends of.
My cousins’ kids all got an applique t-shirt or onesie. These were so fun to make, especially the cute wee onesies. It was the first time I’d made these but I see more in my future.
Lillian and Edward’s daycare teachers (five in each room plus the director and admin person!!) were given either home made peppermint bark, brownies, or rocky road. I spent a whole morning melting chocolate. Fun! Some went to our neighbours too.
I also had fun making these crochet stars for a decoration swap with friends and a few for random little pressies.
Men are harder for handmade gifts, I find. So they all got a set of imported European beers with tasting notes, bought from some new friends of ours who supply local pubs and shops. Not handmade but still avoided the shopping centre and supported a small local business (and friends) and all the beers come from small breweries.
So that was Christmas 2012! Time to start taking down the decorations, I guess. I might have to make some non-Christmas bunting for our house. It looks so pretty with it.