Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Give and Receive

I hope you all had a nice Christmas.  Ours was very relaxing and enjoyable.  I wanted to show you a few gifts that I made for my sisters that live near me.  Every Christmas we get together for dinner and gift exchanging.  Some years it is on Christmas, some years it is on Christmas Eve, and this year we got together the day after Christmas.  We all really enjoyed having the whole day on Christmas alone with our families and it made Christmas lasted longer celebrating together the next day. 


I made this table runner for sister, Ann. 


She has a beautiful dining set made with dark wood and chairs that have cushions that look like the dark blue fabric I used as a focus fabric.  I can’t wait to see it on her table.


For my sister, Ellen, I made socks. 


She dropped a lot of hints, which I love because then I know they will be loved and appreciated.  They both really liked their gifts and I enjoyed seeing their faces as they opened them. 


I also made some flannel pajama pants for my kids with my husband’s help.  He pinned and cut out the pattern and I did the sewing.  It was fun to work together.  We made two pairs of pants for both kids and we bought them long sleeved t-shirts that match each pair of pants.  The kids opened them on Christmas Eve, put them on right away, and didn’t take them off for longer than I would like to admit. 


I think the gift I wanted most for Christmas was a Kona Cotton Solids Color Card.  And I got one!!!  I couldn’t stop looking at it.  It is so beautiful.  I have already ordered some fabric to make this pattern.  Thanks to my Kona Color Card I was able to pick out the colors I want without having to guess if the colors online are accurate. 



I got a wonderful surprise in the mail from a friend I have known since high school and reconnected with through Facebook.  She’s crafty too and I read her crafty blog when she had one.  Now she has moved on to making soaps and she has an etsy shop called Lavender and Olive.  Isn’t that the greatest name!  The soaps smell so good!  She sent me a Sugar Plum soap and a White Tea and Ginger soap.  I can’t stop smelling them!  Thanks, Hirono! 



Every year for Christmas my sister, Tina, sends me handmade cards.  I love it!!  I’d much rather send a handmade card than a store bought card and she keeps me stocked.  Thanks, Tina!!


My husband gave me some Knit Picks City Tweed, which is a beautiful yarn.  I got enough to make a sweater.  I can’t wait to pick a sweater pattern to make with it.  My sister-in-law, Tracy, sent me some blocking mats that fit together like a puzzle and you can change the shape with the way you put them together.  They are awesome and will make blocking my hand knits so much easier.  Thanks, Tracy! 


That’s all the crafty gifts I gave and received for Christmas.  What was your favorite crafty gift?


Tine said...

Those are some wonderful presents! Both the ones you gave and teh ones you received! My fanourite handmade present to give, was a quilt I made for my parents. My favourite one I received was a necklace my 6 year old daugther made for me!

Jackie said...

You gave and received some wonderful gifts! I've never used Kona before. I can see where a color card would be a lifesaver! Happy New Year.

em's scrapbag said...

Wonderful gifts. My DD made me a calander for my sewing room full of all her beautiful art work. And my hubby got me some new gingers.

Pat said...

I envy your Kona Color Card - LOVE the Geese in the Forest pattern!
Happy New Year!

Hirono said...

Hi Trish! Thanks for the wonderful write up and the picture of the soaps! I'm glad you're enjoying them! I look forward to another wonderful year full of lovely crafts! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!


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