Merry belated Christmas all - I am finally getting around to posting some of the holiday goodies I crafted for my family this year. In my family, pretty darn big family, everyone gets gifts. My Momma never believed in picking names, she wanted to watch every one open each and every present they got. At times I was more wrapped up in trying to figure out how I was going to buy/afford to buy presents than the wonderful Christmas spirit she believed in. I get it now, but didn't always. So, when I started crafting gifts for my family it was more out of necessity than desire and now it is seems everyone looks forward to finding out what I decided to make for them, so even if I wanted to take a year off from my handmade Christmas, I can't :)
Remember when I said my pretty darn big family? Well, that means a lot of handmade gifts. I have found that it is easier to make one thing for everyone than make different gifts (at least in sets, like variations of one thing for sister, another for nieces, another for nephews etc.). Its just easier to juggle. This year I settled in on fleece scarves. For those of you who have been reading for a while you might remember all the fleece I bought on major sale the day after Christmas last year - this is what I bought it for. That said having the forethought to know what I was making since last Christmas didn't mean I wasn't scrambling around this month trying to finish them.
I personalized each scarf with a monogram (goodness, I was actually surprised all the guys liked theirs - or at least they faked it well) and the girls got a bit of coordinating fabric trim on the edges. Best part about the edges was all the fabric came from my stash. Yay. They turned out warm and cozy - I still have one to finish up for myself.
In the photos, you see an orange suitcase. This is one of my favorite gifts I received (more on the others later). It was from my friend Renee (the one I made the apron for). And I LOVE it. It is pristine inside and was accompanied by some vintage Christmas glassware and some plastic letter. I wonder what will end up making its home inside?