Monday, November 10, 2008

Handmade Holidays

This year I am having a homemade holiday as much as possible. I love Christmas. I love giving gifts. I love red and green. All of this creates a situation where I typically buy and spend a lot during the month of December. I am usually pretty good about paying cash for things, but generally end up spending more than I should between gifts, decorations, holiday craft items and Starbucks, etc. So this year, when things are tighter than normal, the plan is too spend as little as possible on holiday items. I will be making a lot of gifts and adding homemade items to my holiday decor. I started my gift list in October, so I'm hoping to not stress myself out with last minute creating. Thanks to some design team deadlines, I have spent the past few days making Christmas crafts. This weekend I started several holiday projects including this cute little tree:

This tree is based on a project I saw on Cheeky Magpie's crafty blog. I will be offering a tutorial for this tree at Scrapgal's holiday crop on December 5th and 6th. You should definitely stop by for lots of holiday ideas and inspiration. The design team girls are all working on great projects, tutorials and inspiration to kick off your holiday season. For some sneak peeks at what's in store for that weekend, check out the Galblog.

As I mentioned, I began the holiday gift planning back in October and have already completed two projects. I am knitting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, baking, etc. Gift ideas for the girlies on my list are pretty easy, but the men are harder. I may end up buying guy gifts. Got any good ideas for handmade gifts for guys?

As part of my knitty gift spree, I purchased these speedstix to use with a pattern I found online. These things are size 50 and if you know anything about knitting needles, they are HUGE! In fact, it's pretty comical to look at and I feel like I'm knitting in the land of the giants when I use them. Here's a glimpse at how ridiculous they look:

To really get an idea, here's one of the needles next to more regular sized needles I'm using on another gift project:

Are you planning (or already working on) any holiday projects this year? Got any fabulous handmade gift ideas?


Danielle November 10, 2008 at 8:24 PM  

looks like you have some gorgeous gifts in the making!! I love making gifts, and wish I could more--I just cannot find the time! A little here and there, I hope!

Michelle November 11, 2008 at 8:11 AM  

That tree is sooo cute! OMG...those needles are fun! You are just little miss crafty lately...I'm sure everyone will enjoy their gifts!

lauren November 12, 2008 at 10:51 AM  

Wow! Those needles are HUGE!!!!

Love that tree... would love to know how you made it!

Andrea November 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM  

Seriously, that picture is just awesome ... I think we might need video of you in action with those weapons. I can't wait to see what you create with them.

And I have a ton of handmade ideas for the holidays ... I'm doing lunch sacks, scrap belts/scarves, superhero/princess capes, pj pants (maybe), make up bag ... that's all I can think of right now. Oh and I have those cool "frames" I got in Oregon that I need to figure out what to do with ... maybe a Christmas decoration with one?

Also, thanks for the links to the holiday decorations, I plan to the wreath Elisha had on her blog and maybe your trees if you put up a tut ... those would be cute on my mantle or sofa table :).

Diana November 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM  

love your idea for handmade holidays! I love creating gifts too- I'm hoping to find some time in the next few weeks to get some things started- Thanks for the inspo!!

BTW Your tree is adorable

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