Every year I like to make Christmas gifts for close friends and family.
I told you about the paper houses in a post a day or so ago,
below is the first one I ever made.
Those were fun but way too time consuming, therefor I was not able to check off as many gift recipients as I would have liked on my Christmas list.
I need something a little easier to knock off, especially as my work schedule is filling up with a new cookbook to shoot, a few new shows to prop, some web videos to film..., work certainly gets in the way of my Christmas Craftiness!
This year I am stumped but I do have a few themes I can work off of. It is the first year we launched our restored boat 'Nellie' so I could do either something nautical or relating to 1903. I thought about sailboat shaped felt ornaments or anchor embellished scarves but neither one of those really tickles my fancy.
Here are some examples of Christmas gifts
I have made in years past.
Maybe they will inspire me.
Or Inspire You!
This is a 'Christmas Bulb' and ornament made out of fuzzy pillow stuffing, wrapped and tied with twine around some wool felt "leaf straps" and a loose pom-pom made out of root colored yarn. Made the year I planted thousands of daffodils bulbs on our property.
These were a bit hit with my gardener friends.
I planted so many bulbs that year, like a crazy person
I could not buy those bags of Ice Folly Daffs at Home Depot fast enough.
Pretty in the spring but ugly for my carpal tunnel.
Ah....the felt balls.
These were fashioned after a vintage one I bought at an estate sale.
The fantasy: isn't that cute?!
I could sell these all day long at
the MoMa gift shop
and make a million!
Reality: takes about an hour EACH just to pin the felt squares on.
I know it's cute and all but really...
how much could you charge for that?
The balsam pillows
filled with fresh balsam from the Maine woods
I love how my nephew said that his pillow was the first thing he packed
before he left on a mission trip to Belize.
It makes me all warm inside when I see the ones we made for Jeff's parents
in their cars, years later.
This one was made out of some old ticking fabric for my sweet surrogate Mother Jane.
AJ heart JG
The big bags of balsam scented the house for weeks!
the dog I made for my niece Evie
out of pieces of old sweaters
She had just given up their pup Quentin
after training him to be a seeing eye dog for 18 months or so.
I thought this little boy, with his own bed and bone, would make her smile.
She is a dog whisperer and wants to be a vet.
That was a few years ago.
I think she may want to be a clothing designer now.
(Quentin was also returned home after passing out from a hypoglycemic episode with his charge)
That year I also made Eugenia, hedgehog at top of post, also out of old sweaters I had boiled along with some random fabric samples from my interior design days.
I sent Eugenia off to my friends in Portland, Oregon
They love cookey creatures
and Eugenia likes the rain.
Well. Hopefully by the end of the weekend
I will have come up with my 2009 Christmas Craft.
If you have any ideas or suggestions I am all ears.