• Thanks for Handmade Gifts Received

    by  • December 27, 2010 • Family, Make it Yourself • 3 Comments

    Our Xmas was truly lovely.  The Goose Dinner went off without a hitch, Lillian was patient during the many family gatherings, and we loved the wintery weather.  We received some fantastic handmade gifts during the festivities.

    handmade lower half apronparrot dog costumehome sewn girls dress and backpackClick pictures to enlarge.

    My sister sewed me a lower half apron with purple fabrics from my 30th birthday quilt, Lillian’s gift, a handmade purse, and gifts from years past.

    She also was the crafty person behind Devie and Hawise’s gift – an eye patch for the one eyed dog and parrot shirt for the little one.  Hawise is frozen in hatred in that picture.

    My mom made Lil a beautiful dress and matching satchel.  They fit so well and even include sparkly adornments as Lil requested in her wish list.

    Sisters Megan and Heather made hand-stamped stationary, fancy chocolates, a snack pack of homemade ricotta, mozzarella, and crackers, and flavored vinegar.

    handmade upper apronhandmade skirt from men's shirtscopper wire earring holder

    Grandma sewed a top apron and my cousin Naomi made me a skirt from old men’s dress shirts.

    Alex’s mom gave me a very cool earring holder made by a local artist from fine gauge copper wire wrapped evenly around large gauge wire.  This seems simple enough that anyone with some patience could make it.  The earrings on the display are made by my sister-in-law-to-be Kim.

    Uncle Mike made Alex a home-cut and hand-sharpened titanium hand scraper/bottle opener with a hand-sanded wooden handle.  As if that wasn’t enough, he cast some tiki shaped chocolate molds too.

    One topic of conversation during the handmade gift exchanges is that the giving became more meaningful and fun. I am so thankful for family members that not only appreciate making presents by hand but are talented enough to produce some really creative things. 

    We feel perfectly present-ed this year.  Did you receive any handmade goodies?

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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. I often wear purple and never refuse a drink.


    3 Responses to Thanks for Handmade Gifts Received

    1. December 28, 2010 at 11:36 am

      Rachel – First of I love the skirt you’re sister made. Did she use a pattern for that? Is the waist just buttoned?

      I’m so envious of your handmade Christmas. We give handmade soap as gifts. One year I knitted all of the neices and nephews hats but with 13 and soon to be 14, it is hard to make them all something. My husband and I have said for the last few years that Christmas just doesn’t feel right to use with the enormous amount of gifts that our boys get (most of it is plastic junk that they never play with). I’ve struggled with how to address this for awhile now. I’d love to do something like what your family is doing. Do you give the young kids on your lists handmade items?

      I think we could give all handmade if I plan enough in advance but I’m not sure what to do about the gifts my kids receive. Any suggestions for how to approach this with family and neighbors without offending them? I currently have 3 bags of toys in the closet that they have never taken out of the boxes and haven’t asked for.

    2. Meredith Cope
      December 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

      Awesome handmade gifts! This is something I would like to suggest for our family next year as well. I did receive a jar of homemade vanilla from a friend, which was so good. I gave out jars of jelly and homemade cookies to neighbors, and even gave away a couple of packs of pork chops as presents, from our home-raised pork. :)

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