Friday, August 27, 2010

getting ready for christmas.

Yes. You heard me. I'm doing it again this year. The handmade thing.

Shopping for Christmas is cool and all, but I don't really get into all the hoopla of it. In fact, I don't shop much. About the only places you'll find me, are my local barnes and noble {where I have a membership card}and target {where they have known me for the last 8 years, and comment on our kids growing every time I'm in! lol}.  there's just something deeply satisfying when someone opens a gift from you and they love it - and you know that you've made it. In the past, I've done denim tote bags lined with bright designer fabrics {4 years ago, and most of them are still in use!}, pretty cards sets that make it easier to remember and send birthday and thank you greetings,  and for the grandma's - year in review albums.

{This particular one was based on a template that Jessica Sprague offered that year, with modifications from me to make it fit what I needed/wanted. You can see the full album and credits for supplies here.}

One of the things that making handmade gifts requires is a bit of planning. I'm not even sure that it takes more time, it just takes planning in order to be successful.

I love starting a little list in one of my notebooks - I always list the individual's name, occupation, likes, interests, hobbies, and fave colors. At the bottom, I leave a spot for gift  ideas. It's so much easier to come up with something that a person truly loves when you think about them, and not just about what you can find when you're out shopping. Once I get some ideas down on how I want to move forward, I start planning what kinds of things I can create. My husband loves biographies, so maybe I'll grab him a few that he's interested in, but also create a fun notebook slipcover with a pen to take notes, and a homemade bookmark.

See how much easier the planning gets? Once I get everyone listed, and ideas together, I just move on to the creating stage. Rock on. I've already started two of my gifts for family members this year... Hope this gives you a few ideas on how to plan for your handmade Christmas!

Hope you can peek in tomorrow for my first installment of my tuxedo t-shirt tutorial! I didn't get a chance to edit all the photos last night...

Happy Friday!


k.miller said...

sounds awesome! you are lucky to have people that actually appreciate a handmade gift- we are a bit more material over here- and i have to say - i just love the feeling of black friday shopping at 3am with friends in tow and coffee in hand.
i have however- started thinking about holiday cards ;)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwww!! loving that book!!! I used to make gifts every year...but it has gotten harder! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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