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post #41 of 125
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Originally Posted by zebra15 View Post

For your MIL how about just some 'color' in general.  Go with either a pallate of blues or yellows or anything really.  Pick some fabric that is cozy yet fun and timeless.  I think all apartments are that blah brown and beige and white.  Accent pieces can be such fun to spruce up the place (I know I have fun taking a white and tan apt and making it colorful and mine).

So i have nothing really done for the holidays.  I have 2 blankets that can be gifts or HH.

Yeah,maybe I'll just "give"her some color.
post #42 of 125
The bag...
post #43 of 125
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Originally Posted by rere View Post

Ok,I feel like it's time to get serious!

 

Too bad I don't have too many ideas.HA!

 

Same here! I have no idea what to do for people... I have a huge fabric stash I need to get moving through (I bought some new calicos this weekend, sigh...) but the problem is they're all mostly to my personal tastes, which are very vintage oriented. Plus, I just feel like our family doesn't really appreciate hand sewn stuff. They're a very "buy buy buy" crowd unfortunately. So maybe I'll do food gifts this year. My father in law really likes to grill, so maybe a trio of spice rubs. My mother in law.... she is impossible to give gifts to, but she does like tchotchke-like things to a certain degree - maybe I'll make some wine glass charms for her with matching coasters. Standbys for them are photo gifts - we'll be doing calendars and photo books again for them this year. I'm hoping I get some free photo book codes soon, but my fallback is my Pampers Rewards points - Shutterfly products are in their catalog.

 

Little Man's handmade gifts... I want to get him a doll baby so maybe we'll get the doll bed from Ikea (hello employee discount!) so maybe I will make a little quilt to go with it - actually, I could make the exact same quilt I made for him last year in miniature! I'm certain I have enough fabric left. Okay, maybe now I'm starting to get the wheels turning! 

 

Also, where has the year gone? Seriously... I might as well mention that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and I find myself in this holiday crafting procrastination every single year. Definitely insane. 

post #44 of 125

I have a yarn addiction.  In the past couple week's I've made 3?? blankets and gave 2 of them away as presents for 'now'.  So while not working on 'holiday' gifts I've been doing gifts.  My mental state is a bit better.  Currently working on a sweater vest thing for a baby (to match a hat I made) and planning out DS  circle blanket for his bday (sept).

 

I am addicted to yarn - there are worse things  right?/

post #45 of 125
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I have a yarn addiction.  In the past couple week's I've made 3?? blankets and gave 2 of them away as presents for 'now'.  So while not working on 'holiday' gifts I've been doing gifts.  My mental state is a bit better.  Currently working on a sweater vest thing for a baby (to match a hat I made) and planning out DS  circle blanket for his bday (sept).

 

I am addicted to yarn - there are worse things  right?/

I don't know about that...I've heard heroin is easier to quit than yarn... bouncy.gif

 

Okay, so as soon as the weather warmed up, I was outside ALL. The. Time. I managed to make the homemade vanilla and I made a green batik apron with yellow "racing stripes" for my son. He loves to wear it. I've done some more crafty stuff, but not for gifts...unless I can count them as gifts to myself? 

 

*sigh* Where has this year gone? I have 6 months left to figure out what to make people for Christmas. If I procrastinate much longer, it's all going to be recipe-in-a-jar gifts...hmmm...what a brilliant idea! 

post #46 of 125

I didn't think I'd bother joining the handmade crowd this year (I've failed a couple years in a row), but just found out DH will be out of the country for 2 weeks at the beginning of December... I'm not sure how much time I'll have with 2 little ones, but if I do have spare time I'll probably spend it focused on the holidays. Maybe I'll be able to do some sewing then.

post #47 of 125

I designed this year's Shutterfly photo book and ordered one with a free code I have. 

 

I also found part of the gift for my FIL - brand new cedar grilling planks at Goodwill. I'm going to make some spice rubs to go with them. 

 

Haven't done anything else yet. 

post #48 of 125

Simply crocheting what I feel like and will figure it out later??

post #49 of 125

Just found this thread.  I'm hoping to get a bunch of handmade stuff done this year.  I usually give home canned goods to my parents, in-laws and siblings and to bring as hostess gifts for holiday parties I'm invited to.  This year I'll be making pickles, salsa and apple pie filling.  Those will go in a basket with some homebaked bread or muffins.  My sisters and I get together in December and make tons of liqueur truffles.  I use those for gifts for teachers and coaches as well as for my inlaws.

 

Last year, I made crochet ponchos for my niece's three daughters with matching cloche hats.  They were a big hit.  My daughter saw a pattern for a hooded poncho and I might make her that.  I'm also looking for a sweater pattern to make for her, something with thick yarn made with big needles that can be made quickly.  And probably pajamas for the kids and maybe my great-nieces.

 

I'm also thinking about knit or crochet boot slippers for my daughter and the other girls I want to make gifts for.  Of course, I'll practice with a pair for myself first to make sure they'll come out OK.  Just have to pick the pattern for that.

 

The last think I already know I'm making are little crochet hats and scarves for wine bottles for people I'm giving wine to.

post #50 of 125

Everyone is getting ruffle scarves... end of discussion...  quick to make, simple pattern and uses up my inventory of yarn.  What more could I ask for??

post #51 of 125
I'm a bit late to this thread but I have some plans.

For my parents and brother/SIL I'm hoping to make a set of pot holders, trivets and lasagne dish carriers. I have some great vegetable print fabric I just need to get some Insul-brite.

I'll probably do little pot holders and tea towels for the girls too because my dad is making them a play kitchen as their big, joint present from them.

I also bought the fabric, about 2 years ago, to make them each a patchwork blanket with a minky back so I want to do those as well.

And I made my oldest daughter a rag doll for her first birthday so is like to do the same for the youngest who is turning one in November.
post #52 of 125

OMG, the vanilla idea is so amazing. I've wanted to do this for forever...do I still have time if I buy beans ASAP? A recipe I found on the tidymom blog said two months are needed...but if I started in the next week or so, I think I may be okay...

post #53 of 125
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OMG, the vanilla idea is so amazing. I've wanted to do this for forever...do I still have time if I buy beans ASAP? A recipe I found on the tidymom blog said two months are needed...but if I started in the next week or so, I think I may be okay...

 

It's 3 and a half months until Christmas, so I think you're okay. :-) I have read a lot that you really need 6-8 beans to make a good infusion, not the 1-2 that most instructions call for. 

post #54 of 125
I have some apple butter brewing.Fingers crossed that it turns out and can then be parred with some homemade granola.
post #55 of 125

I really need to get started on the holidays too. I'm still trying to decide what to make though! I thought about doing new stockings for most of my list but the kits are around $15-20 each. Not bad but it racks up when buying a bunch! I thought I might could do them myself but that seems like it'd probably be too involved and not really save much big picture. I need to check my list and see if there are some most cost effective gifts I could make maybe.

post #56 of 125

I'm going to join you guys. This year I'm unemployed so I have the time to do homemade.

 

My main gifts are going to be some name art matted and framed. Basically I'm playing around with word cloud programs like Tagxedo or Wordle. Then I'm layering those with Initials, and other words to make something for each family.

 

So for example, if you can't picture it:

 

I made a wordle with words about love and family, I put that behind an giant B for my brother's last name, Underneath that I put "The Bxxxxx Family" and under that their first names, then under that their wedding date.

 

I asked my friend to give me words that describe my godson and I put his name and those words into Tagxedo and made a word cloud shaped like a dinosaur. He's 5.

 

I"m also planning to do vanilla. Everything I read said that 2 months is enough. So I'll buy the beans today and hope they arrive quickly.

 

I got a nice sewing machine from my aunt last year when she moved to an assisted living facility. I'm thinking of making a quilt for each of my kids, but I'm not sure if that is a project I can handle or not. I'm still thinking on it.

 

My kids do a craft every year for everyone. They like the idea of making the word art from them and the vanilla from me since the vanilla is alcoholic. If I can find a good deal I might look at having them make reusable shopping bags for everyone.

 

I'm also planning to make fabric gift bags for everyone's gifts.

post #57 of 125
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Originally Posted by JollyGG View Post
 

I'm going to join you guys. This year I'm unemployed so I have the time to do homemade.

 

My main gifts are going to be some name art matted and framed. Basically I'm playing around with word cloud programs like Tagxedo or Wordle. Then I'm layering those with Initials, and other words to make something for each family.

 

So for example, if you can't picture it:

 

I made a wordle with words about love and family, I put that behind an giant B for my brother's last name, Underneath that I put "The Bxxxxx Family" and under that their first names, then under that their wedding date.

 

I asked my friend to give me words that describe my godson and I put his name and those words into Tagxedo and made a word cloud shaped like a dinosaur. He's 5.

 

I"m also planning to do vanilla. Everything I read said that 2 months is enough. So I'll buy the beans today and hope they arrive quickly.

 

I got a nice sewing machine from my aunt last year when she moved to an assisted living facility. I'm thinking of making a quilt for each of my kids, but I'm not sure if that is a project I can handle or not. I'm still thinking on it.

 

My kids do a craft every year for everyone. They like the idea of making the word art from them and the vanilla from me since the vanilla is alcoholic. If I can find a good deal I might look at having them make reusable shopping bags for everyone.

 

I'm also planning to make fabric gift bags for everyone's gifts.

 

That Wordle thing is pretty neat! I think I may do a couple of these myself, for my nieces! My sister just moved into their first home and each of the girls has their own bedroom now, that they have decorated like "big girls". So a framed word art thing with their names would be pretty cool. 

 

For the quilt - try the Cloud 9 5x5 quilt. It's super easy, and if you're dedicated and can find the time, you can make one up in an afternoon (or several sessions after bedtime). I made one for my son for his first Christmas a few years ago. Actually, we're getting him a Cabbage Patch doll for Christmas this year, with an Ikea doll bed, so I'm making a mini replica to go with it that matches his. 

post #58 of 125
I plan on making bib button necklaces. I have large doilies that look like cowls when folded in half and placed around the neck. There is no need to cut them like she did here. http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/02/reader-request-maeg-it-yourself.html. I will then affix my buttons. Not sure yet how I'll design them, but I'll use these for inspiration..http://ionesattic.blogspot.com/2012/03/handmade-vintage-button-necklaces-by.html. I'll probably tie mine with ribbon instead of a chain.

. Embellished sandals like the black ones here http://www.settingforfour.com/2012/05/diy-tulle-flower-clips-for-flip-flops_28.html (my family visits the warm tropics every winter). Will also make some flip flops with large rhinestones.

I will also make these poodle cowls. I've already made one for myself. I made it fast with my Knifty Knitter. http://www.answerischoco.com/2012/10/chunky-cowl-scarves.html

I will of course make my own Christmas cards.
Edited by Staceyy - 9/29/13 at 10:33am
post #59 of 125
Have I mentioned that I need to get busy?!

Oh yes,I have.uhg.
post #60 of 125

following along!

 

right now I am making cherry tree blocks and bean bags.

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