Saturday, December 26, 2009

Where did Christmas go?

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas? Although we missed having several of our out of town family members with us for our festivities again this year, my parents and I enjoyed a nice, though quiet, day at home. I enjoyed giving my family some home-made gifts this year, and really liked hearing how much they loved them. I’m also excited about the sewing-related gifts that I got: quilt magazines, Gingher scissors, pinking shears, hem clips, a gift card to Joann’s, and best of all some large clear plastic tubs to store all my fabric in. My make-shift sewing area looks so much better already!

Ok, now to catch up on some pictures. There will be quite a few of them for this post, you were warned!

First, I just thought this was funny, I had to take Dad to pick up his car at the shop, and Joann’s just happens to be on the way, haha. So I made dad stop there with me and guess what happens? He falls in love with this and ends up spending more there than I did.

I kept myself very busy for a while, helping my friend Shealynn with her shop *Shey*[B]. She had several Christmas orders for her camera strap covers, and I was glad I was able to help her out. Needless to say I still have some Christmas decorations that I have yet to make. Maybe I will get them all done in time to pack the decorations up for the year.

I also had some of my own Christmas orders to fulfill, both for dog collars, and also for a baby gift. It was nice to sew something different after sewing so many dog collars for a while. I think I need to make and sell more baby items now. Especially since I just organized all my fabric in my new bins and I have seen how much baby fabric I really have. Anyway, here is the baby gift I made for a friend of mine to give to her friend. I really like the color combination and how it turned out. I’m glad to hear that she loves it too! It’s so affirming to hear such positive feedback from paying customers!

I believe it was Christmas Eve by the time I finally got around to finishing this wreath that I had planned for the longest time. I fell in love with Just A Girl’s version, and became a major copy cat by buying the exact same ornaments that she did. I just love the color combination! It was a major pain in the butt trying to make what was supposed to be a very simple wreath (I will spare you the play by play details) but in the end I LOVE it. I think it is gorgeous! I want to keep it up all year!

Now on to some of the Christmas presents I made for my family. It all started with wanting to make these oven mitts for my grandmothers and my mom. I got the idea from Amy at The Idea Room.

My dad got an ipod over the summer, and had been talking about how much he wanted a case to take it to work in, but he didn’t like how much the ones he saw cost. I remembered a tutorial I had seen by Make It and Love It and told him that I could make one for him. He requested Wisconsin colors, so this is what I came up with.

Since the grandmas were getting hand-made gifts, I decided I didn’t want the grandpas to feel left out, but had the hardest time thinking of something that I could make for men. I ended up making them felt ornaments that had to do with an interest of theirs. One grandpa got a saxophone and the other got a billiard ball. There is a back story to why I chose an 8 ball, but suffice it to say it is a family memory that makes us laugh whenever someone mentions it.

Of course I had to make something for my dog then, and yes I am one of those people who puts clothes on my dog. If any of you knew her though you would know how she is a wimp when she thinks she is cold and how needy and annoying she can get when she is. (I still love her though!) Therefore, I decided it would be a good idea to make her a hoodie. I followed a pattern that was absolutely horrible and I ended up having to make lots of modifications, but in the end I think she looks really cute in it.

Finally, today I went to Michaels and hit up their 70% off section. I ended up getting some things I never imagined getting before I walked into the store, but ended up making this wreath tonight. Who cares if it’s after Christmas? Haha. I had no idea what I was doing. I have never made a wreath before, or even really paid attention to other wreaths that are already made. What do you think? I didn't like it so much at first, but now I think it's pretty. Oh and this picture just doesn't do the glittery parts justice.

I think that catches you all up on just about everything I can think of at the moment. I still have at least 3 more Christmas decorations that I wanted to finish this year, and 2 or so more (plus a Christmas quilt) that I may just pack up and make next year.

How was your Christmas?


  1. LOVE that saxophone! It turned out GREAT!

  2. Thanks! I was quite shocked myself and how great it looked in the end. And here I thought it was going to be one of the toughest things I was going to attempt to make. Thanks again for picking up the felt for me so I could make it!!

  3. Look at you and all your handmade gifts. Awesome girlfriend! Let's get organized and stay organized together in 2010. Thanks for stopping by!