Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Gifts

Now that everyone has opened their Christmas gifts I can reveal a few things I made and gave. This first gift was for my sister, Tina. You probably know her from Needles N Notions. We draw names in my family and I was lucky to get her name this year. Yay!

I made her one of Amy Butler's purse patterns called Stash and Dash bags. I dipped into my special fabric I have been hoarding. This is Amy Butler dot fabric and Heather Bailey Pop Garden fabric. I love how the fussy cut flower looks on this bag.

I have made myself a few of these bags and I love them. They are great to throw a wallet, keys, and a few other things in and go. But my favorite thing to use them for is my current sock knitting project. This bag is the perfect size! I also love the strap so the bag can just hang from your wrist.

I loaded her bag up with some goodies, including this pin cushion I made for her from some of my Hello Betty fabric.

I had to make a tuffet this month for A Year of Schnibbles so I thought I would make it as a gift for her. I used crushed walnut shells to fill it and I love the result. I bought a big bag from a pet store in the bird/reptile section. They weren't what I expected. They look like teeny tiny little pellets. The result is a nice, heavy pin cushion.

I made two sets of these Snow blocks for my two sisters that live nearby. We got together on Christmas Eve and had our traditional lasagna dinner. Yum! The blocks are painted and then I put vinyl lettering on them.

My daughter loved the socks and they seemed to fit well. She didn't want to take them off. She said they were nice and warm and cute too!

Speaking of my little sock lover... She has really taken off in her love of jewelry making. It is so fun to see her excel in a craft that I have no clue about. In the Christmas name drawing she got a teenage girl cousin on my side of the family and a teenage girl cousin on my husband's side. She really wanted to make them each a necklace and earring set. Here is what she came up with. It is so fun to see her designs.

I took a few days off from working on UFOs but I am back to it and should have something completed to share tomorrow. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We had a very relaxing, enjoyable day. I am soaking up the time with my family before kids have to go back to school and hubby has to go back to work. I love this time of the year.


Mel said...

Love, love, love that bag!!! Great job on the socks too!!

Tina said...

Love, love, love all my goodies and my very cool bag you made! You're the best!

Your little jewelry maker is pretty talented!

You guys gave great gifts!

Laurie said...

Where did the you get vinyl lettering for the SNOW blocks? I've looked everywhere!

MichelleB said...

Everything is darling - but I really love that bag! Great choice of fabrics.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Cute stuff. It is always fun to sew for my sisters. Love making handmade gifts. Everything is darling.

Vicki W said...

I love those snow blocks! Talent obviously runs in the family because the jewelry is awesome too.

Kristin said...

Raychel loves her necklace and earrings :) Tell Alexis she is very talented, like her mom :)

Sherri said...

Love that Stash n Dash bag...looks so cute...wondering what the measurements's so hard to tell from the pictures?!

Rebekah said... came up with lots of great hand made items this year for gifts. Love the little Amy Butler bag and the schnibbles tuft

Laurie said...


you can email me at benjean90 (at) comcast (dot) net.

thanks for your help!

conner posse said...

WOW. I feel like I am looking at an on-line catalog. I feel like whipping out my card and clicking an "add to cart" button. Geez!! :o)

Love 2 Quilt said...

Wow such great gifts. Love the bag and the tuffet. What fabric line is the tuffet? I think I "need" some of it! paweis at yahoo dot com

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