Geez, I hope someone is still reading :).
In fact, if you are still reading, I’d love for you to let me know … after all I show 32 people following this blog and it would be great to get to know ya’ll better. If I could I’d invite you over, serve you the best glass of iced tea you’d ever had and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies … really, I would :). And then I would talk your ear off, because apparently I don’t get all my words in a day … just ask my BFF, we ‘talk’ daily, but she does far more listening than talking as I ramble on and on and on … and talk A LOT about fabric and sewing.
Anything you want to ask me? I’d be happy to host a Q&A about Knitty Bitties. And I’ve got a giveaway up my sleeve soon … so it would be *beneficial* (wink, wink) for you to comment before the giveaway … ’cause I’m sneaky like that :).
… now back to the handmade.
Handmade Gift #1 – Jewelry Pouch for my little sister (and I included a necklace from one of my favorite Etsy store, The Silver Dog … Hi Erin!).
I ‘made’ up this pattern after reading several different tutorials online … Love the way it turned out, but next time I would make it slightly larger to hold larger pieces of jewelry.
Handmade Gift(s) #2 – Monkey ‘Dolls’ for my niece, for one of my best friends’ little girl and for my son (and I included a monkey book). Originally I had planned to make sock monkeys. Well let’s just say me and sock monkeys are not friends. So I racked my brain, read some blogs and ….. ah-ha remembered this AWESOME FREE pattern on a favorite creative blog, MmmCrafts, Molly Monkey.
Of course a Molly Monkey would not work for E so I turned her into my version of Mikey Monkey. I say my version because it was too late at night and I was too down to the wire to download the actual Mikey Monkey pattern. But, I love it so much I’m planning to buy the pattern to make more and have actual pattern pieces for all his accessories.
And Mikey, with his pirate gear … I knew I had to make this for E once I saw the pirate accessories. These were my interpretation of the images on MmmCrafts Flick’r pool. E all but ripped the crossbones off before I had a chance to photo.
Handmade Gift(s) #3 – Patchwork Scarves lots and lots of patchwork scarves. Inspired by the “Scarf-Along” on Joy’s Hope. I picked two different fabric sets and then I backed them in fleece, because unlike CA where Julie (Joy’s Hope) is from, we wear scarves for fashion AND function here :).
I love how these turned out … sadly I don’t have a great photo of them by themselves, but I think this one of my mom and sister is pretty sweet :).
(I’m sure my mom loves that her picture is out on the web with her bandaged nose. She had some cancerous cells removed … her third time … a week before Christmas … wear your sunscreen.)
Handmade Gift #4 – Placemats for my mom. She had requested placemats to match the table runner I made her for Mother’s Day. Another late night project that didn’t get photographed, but here is the table runner … kind of.
Handmade Gift #5 – Teapot Trivet for my “Tea Set” gift exchange. My husband’s side of our family does a $20 gift exchange in lieu of buying everyone gifts. This was our third year and it just gets more and more fun (and creative). In addition to my trivet, my set included this starter kit from Adiago teas.
The trivet was based off of this pattern which I found this summer. I knew right then I would make it for someone for Christmas. To turn it into a trivet I added a layer of Insul-Bright and backed it with more linen. My niece-in-law ended up with it :). I can’t wait to make another one to frame and put somewhere in my kitchen. You know how I love tea :).
I also made a last minute ‘iPod Nano‘ case for my Dad (he got a Nano from my mom and then my sister and I got him iTunes gift cards) using yellow felt and John Deere fabric. I couldn’t bring myself to photo it or even take credit for it … it was more of a fun way to package the gift card I slipped inside. However, my Dad amused me and told me he liked it ;). But I’m not kidding myself, Dads are just nice like that.
Phew, I *think* that was all the handmade crafting I did from December 11th – 23rd. Quite a bit for that short bit of time, but well worth it.
Next up, sneaks at the new items coming to the shop AND pictures of a belated birthday table runner … ooohhh, that sounds like the tag line for a really exciting new show, right?
P.S. Don’t forget to say “Hi” and tell me about any of your handmade crafting! I’ll give you a cookie if you do ;).