Monday, August 31, 2009

the planning begins

I've decided to do a lot of hand-made crafts this year for Christmas. Im not so sure I'll be able to pull that off for the boys but most of the extended family will be getting baskets filled with various hand made things. I've found a few really cute ideas that I can't wait to put together but I need a lot more. Im not super into crafty things, although I do enjoy paper crafts. So, um...HELP!

I know it's only September (almost), but you really have to be organised for this stuff. I will be doing my Christmas shopping for the kids and everyone else right after the move in early October, so I need a list of all supplies soon.

Yesterday Swistle mentioned the homemade vanilla extract and I fell in love with those cute little bottles. I know that Im going to include those in the baskets but I'd like to do a trial run first and they take a month.

Does anybody have any ideas? There are people of all ages, men and women and even dogs and cats that I can include things for. Any ideas or websites would be super helpful.

********only 116 days to go**********

That makes me a little sick too. Yikes!


tara said...

Last year I handmade all the gifts for Christmas, and it felt so much more intimate and special. More like Christmas should be. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. Good luck with yours!

Amanda said...

In the past I've painted pre-made birdhouses, painted block calenders and painted frames to the individual's tastes. It takes a lot of time, but its so rewarding!

I'm thinking about doing the same thing too this year..I just have to make it to the craft store :)

Let the holidays begin....

Mommy Daisy said...

I do needle craft gifts for Christmas. Last year it was scarves. This year I haven't decided yet. Maybe handmade dishclothes or towels or something.

I was thinking you might like doing cookie mix in a jar or soup mix in a jar. You can find lots of recipes online. It's simple: buy the canning jars, layer ingredients, make a tag/label for them, and give away. Good luck. I'll let you know if I think of other things.