I think I would title it: “Bad Economy gives rise to Handmade Holidays”
naw, I’m just kidding. I always make a butt-load of gifts each year. It just seems that I made more than usual this time around. I can’t really post about most of them because either: a) the recipient reads this blog, or b) I can’t lock my kids out of my room long enough to take a photo of the item, or c) I haven’t actually made it yet. ahem.
I thrifted these stuffed animals for $.50 a piece (I tried to pick brand-new looking ones), washed them, and pulled their stuffing out. Then I made small rice bags to put in each of their tummies (rice with some orange oil and cinnamon–I wanted to use flax seed, but I decided to go the economical route. If anything they will smell like orange-y popcorn). They can be tossed in the microwave for a minute or so for a nice warm buddy to take to bed.
We spend a lot of time taking people to and from school, so I thought Juliet could benefit from a blanket that contained her bear (her preferred item of comfort) and her binkie that could also keep her warm in the winter months. This little quilt does just that: it has a pocket sized just right for her build-a-bear (pictured with a dirty Care Bear that was on the floor of my room) and a lanyard for her binkie. Ironically, the dentist just told us we need to take her binkie away to prevent further crowding of her teeth. I really wanted to tell him that her big X-mas present this year is practically centered around it, but I restrained myself. Pretty sure he wouldn’t have cared. I guess I’ll just put a toy there instead.
Our Sad Attempt at Snow Globes
I guess I didn’t get the memo that Super Glue is water soluble. So these snow globes didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped. The little toy is swimming around in what looks like a tornado, instead of sitting calmly in a snowstorm. Plus, I expected to find tons of jars with lids at the thrift store and only found a couple. I thought Utah was the land of canning? Maybe people just keep their mason jars. These were supposed to be for the kids’ teachers. I don’t think I’m going to have the energy to pull out the glitter again before school is out, so this will have to do.
So there you have it. A few projects that I’m glad I finished long before the Christmas crunch. I’m working on a pattern for the quilt, so don’t go selling my idea…..;)
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!