It has been extremely hot where I live lately, day after day after day of 100+ degrees. Today its a nice cool 70 degrees outside and rainy!!! So I am thinking about what I need to do to get ready for the holidays this year. My goal is 100% handmade Christmas, and the birthdays that I have left for this year also need to be handmade, but stuff can be bought as long as its handmade. So far everything I have given this year for birthdays / gifts are all handmade. I am due with baby #2 on January 2nd, so I would like to get everything finished by Halloween so that I have time to relax and enjoy the last few months with my family instead of doing my usual staying up until 3 or 4 am 4 nights or more a week trying to get stuff finished. So I am wondering what all you mamas are doing for either holiday gifts/decorations, or just gifts in general for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, whatever.
Here is my list:
September - This is when it all starts
Aunts Birthday- I will probably be giving her a beer-soap set from etsy.com
Husbands Birthday - I HAVE to finish his quilt that I started for his last birthday, its going to be a California King size- or bigger out of rip stop nylon - sleeping bag like material... Not at all fun but its what he REALLY wanted.
Halloween Decorations - placemat set for the table, and a flag banner thing out of matching material
Costume for DS (3 years old) - don't know what he will want to be yet
Birthday gift for hubbys best friend - not even a clue what to make for him, last year I gave him a beer-soap set and he loves it but I cant do that 2 years in a row.
Grandmothers Birthday - I am making her quilted patchwork pillowcases that will match the quilt I made her last year
Brothers Birthday - Like my husband I started a quilt for him LAST YEAR and still need to finish it
Christms decorations- placemats and possibly a flag banner thing (I really like them lol)
Mom: Set of Knit washcloths and reusable shopping bags, or something else lol, just not sure yet
Husband: PJ bottoms, they will hopefully match with mine and DS and possibly a new little set for baby on the way. I want to do something else for him but just not sure what, we have a rule that we dont buy anything for each other.
DS: New quilt to fit his new bed, PJ bottoms to go with dads, pillowcases, and I need some more ideas - he is 3, will be 4 at the start of February
Aunt and Uncle: Again I have no clue what to do for them.
Grandmother: Reusable shopping bag set, or a simple little purse
Mother in Law: Reusable snack bag set & set of knit facecloths
Father in Law: No clue yet...
Best Friend: I was thinking a harry potter throw blanket size quilt
Her Hubby: Beer-soap set
Her 2 little girls (age 6 and 1):Pillow cases with Flag Banners with their names on them (pattern out of one yard wonders book)
Husbands Best Friend: Again no clue...
My moms - mom (dont really consider her special but give a small gift to keep the peace): Set of potholders
Coworker #1: Memory Board in the birghtest pink fabric I can find
Coworker #2 (if she still works there): She is 16, so I really don't know, but I doubt this will be a worry because I dont expect her to work there past September when school starts
I also want to bake cookies for everyone, and also need to make a baby quilt for new baby, possibly some cloth diapers, and possibly a few newborn items just in case baby comes before Christmas. My only real skills are sewing and cooking so I try to stick to what I am good at.
I also want to spend some time doing crafts with DS once I get all this done, like making snowflakes, and paper turkeys, pumpkins and the like. I have an entire room filled with crafting supplies from fabric, paper (my my owns a print shop so I have no shortage of paper!) paint, yarn, crayons and markers, ceramics lol - maybe I should have started this thread with Hi my name is Fern and I am a crafting hoarder!
Any ideas would be helpful, I also just love reading about what other people are going to make and create!