Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Handmade Gifts

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Our family sure did. My husband and I created most of the gifts for our family this year. It was  rewarding and fun.

My husband silk screened t-shirts with his Yudu machine for everyone in our family, a total of twelve t-shirts. It was fun watching him find and create designs tailored to each person. He put a lot of thought and effort into it and everyone loved their shirt.

I made my Mom and Mom-in-law crocheted Mary Jane slippers with this really great pattern I purchased from sylver on Etsy. My Mom has a fondness for Mary Jane shoes and when I came across this pattern, it was a definite must! My Mom-in-law loved hers and kept saying "This is just the best Christmas!" She really loved the small thoughtful gifts she received.

I made my parents each a glassy gift, as if they need more knick-knacks, I know!! They have quite the collection going. This tutorial from Aardvarks Art Glass was just perfect. Dad got a little fish bowl with two fishies and Mom got some crazy Cacti! I had a lot of fun making these and really enjoyed the tutorial Cathy of Aardvarks is a hoot!

It was really enjoyable giving handmade gifts, I definitely felt like a little part of us went into each one. They were all made with love :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Things have been busy in our household as we get ready for Christmas. Our family has been hit hard with the recession and this year we are giving gifts that we have made ourselves. Both my husband and I have been busy planning and creating and it's been a pleasure working together. It has been a lot of fun thinking of what to make and give each person and I really feel it has enhanced our holiday spirit.  A lot of thought has gone into each and every gift and I am really excited to share but it will have to wait! I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for anyone, so check back after Christmas, I'll post pics.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Please be safe, healthy and happy!