General chatter - Any other Christmas Crafters Out There?




jeniansmom
10-11-2008, 11:09 AM
I always make homemade things for the adults in the family at Christmas. Anyone else like to craft their Christmas gifts? I'd love to hear what you are making this year. Could be a fun way to share ideas and talk about something we enjoy doing :)

This year I'm making a collection of good smelling things for the home:
Potpourri to simmer on the stove
Scented salt dough sachets to hang in the closet
Herbal paper sachets for drawers

Those are the for sures. And I may do car air fresheners (I found a site that sells shaped air freshener blanks), and maybe candy cane bath salts. And perhaps some sort of charcoal deodorizer for the basement. I think I will do scented wax pinecone fire starters for people with wood stoves.

I'm also designing a family tree for DH's maternal grandparents that will be about 3feet x 2feet and framed.

So what are you crafting for this Christmas?
Jen


FrouFrou
10-11-2008, 11:17 AM
Wow, such the crafter aren't you? I wish I had the time to do all that I surely would. I so enjoy homemade gifts over anything else, always more special knowing that someone took the time to think of me with a special gift than a store bought one.

About the only thing I will probably do is get the step-grandkids over to make some Christmas ornaments. I did start some scrapbooks...maybe I will finish them by next Christmas :crossed:

cartp
10-12-2008, 03:52 PM
Oh Boy,my kind of topic.
So far I made my daughter a quilt and almost finished another one for my son.
I am working on a scrapbook cookbook for my kids,Foods I made when they were little.
I would love a home made christmas but in this age of buy me ,buy me,no one really appreciates home made.But I always do a little bit anyway.
My husbands kids are wealthy and expect more than homemade.SO i give them cold hard cash.(no fun in that)


zenor77
10-12-2008, 04:08 PM
Most of the gifts I give are homemade and people seem to appreciate them, but I try to make useful things or holiday specific things.

I make cookies, jam, pickles, etc. for edible gifts. As far as crafts, this year I'm crocheting wreath ornaments. Here's a link of the ones I'm making: http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/lffunt/wreathorn.htm. I've already knocked out five of them.

Last year I crocheted snowflake ornaments and I may do a few of those this year to give to people that didn't get one last year. They are quicker to make and don't require the ring that the wreath ones require.

cartp
10-12-2008, 05:21 PM
wow so many beautiful things!

lizziep
10-12-2008, 10:32 PM
i love making craft gifts! I have done the cookie mix in a jar gifts - those are fun. I hand sewed christmas stockings for several people one year- I made one that was a bare foot with painted toe nails, a paw print one for my cat (what can i say, i went overboard lol), a cowboy boot for my uncle... it was a lot of fun. I would love to try my hand at soaps and scrubs and lip balms and things one year I think that would be great. I have a real problem giving people gifts that aren't consumable - I try to make sure it's something that's very usable or can be eaten/used up. I made everyone cross stitch book marks one year those came out really nice.
I don't know if i'm going to have time to do anything this year because we will be packing our house and moving and i have to work a bunch of mandatory over time at work. :C

zenor77
10-13-2008, 01:21 AM
I would love to try my hand at soaps and scrubs and lip balms and things one year I think that would be great.

Thanks for the reminder. I completely forgot that I want to try to make soap! :D I hear using a drill with a paint stirer is the way to go versus a stick blender. I have a friend who blew out several stick blenders making soap.

Good luck with your move! I just moved and it sucks, so I feel your pain.

cartp
10-13-2008, 07:25 AM
This discussion has motivated me ...again. I went out and bought yarn to knit my Mom a sweater for Christmas.
Some how I gained 4pounds this weekend ? HUH? how many calories are burned knitting? Probably not enough !

jeniansmom
10-13-2008, 08:25 AM
I made soap about 10 years ago. I used a stick blender without any problems. It was fun. I made coffee soap with grounds in it for the guys to help get their hands clean after working on cars. I made almond joy soap that was almond scented and had cocoa powder swirls. I made Cinnamon orange soap with orange peel in it. And a couple of others. Fun fun. And DH liked my mad scientist outfit that I wore when making it. (I got a bad burn from making candy in bare feet once so I wasn't taking any chances with lye!)

jeniansmom
10-13-2008, 08:49 AM
froufrou - what fun making ornaments with the kids - it is a tradition?

lizziep - the stockings sound fun!

cartp - I get what you mean about the buy me age - I don't do homemade for any of the "kids" anymore - adult or younger - but DH's parents and aunt and my brother and sister all have everything they want or need and anything they don't have we can't afford to give them! We do usually get a special gift for his parents each year.

Things I have made in the past: homemade jams, personalized note pads, etched designs on glassware, candles, soap, homemade cocoa with purchased mugs, coffee spoons, gifts in a jar, stained glass picture frames, hummingbird feeders, cookie assortment, pocket boards, microwavable rice heating pad in a washable fleece pouch, various ornaments, I've covered picture frames with the mini bone shaped dog treats and poly'd it, made birdseed bread in the shape of a candy cane wrapped with thick red yard to look more candycanish to hang outside for the birds, one year we decoupaged pictures onto wooden boards and bought clockworks to make homemade clocks (I get DH in on the act as needed). I made homemade dip mixes one year to go with dip servers I bought. I make calendars on the computer a lot too. I love to design things on the pc and my niece is an amazing amateur photographer, so we team up and I make a calendar of her work and have it printed and bound. It looks very professional and makes a fabulous gift!

I love to make things, it's fun for me and everyone seems to enjoy it. It doesn't always end up cheaper than buying gifts, but that's not really the point.

I've also always done homemade gifts "from" my son for Christmas. The year I was pregnant with him I made a calendar with a month appropriate border for each month, then the recipient could glue in pictures of their choice each month. His 1st Christmas I did a collage of pictures of him from a "photo session" I did with him. The next year I made a calendar of pics of him in various outfits and with various props for each month. Since then it's been mostly ornaments or various other collages of pictures for the year. As he's gotten older and been more able to do the work himself it's become more of his project. This past year he was 9 and he did all the work himself - made popsicle stick pictures frames decorated with various embellishments and his school picture in the middle. He is a natural with the hot glue gun!

zenor - I love those wreaths! I've never gotten the knack of knitting or crocheting, that is an something I'd like to take an adult ed class in as I can't seem to learn from a book. My mother in law can get me so I can do straight knitting and purling but that's about it. I did knit a hat once with LOTS of help from a coworker at the time.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!
Jen

chubbiebunny
10-13-2008, 09:11 AM
Already knit my son and his fiance a cabled afghan for Christmas. Now I'm working on mittens for my mom's church (they do a "mitten tree" around Christmas for the inner city poor kids). My to-do knitting list is way too long! But mostly it's all knitting. Never got into other crafts much.

Kim_Star060404
10-13-2008, 12:31 PM
I'm working on a crocheted afghan for my grandma right now. Once that is finished, I'm making felted wristlets for my mom and two sisters and at least one scarf for a friend of mine. I'm only going to be home one week the month of December due to business travel, so I think that will be all I accomplish this year. I usually do a crafted something for my grandmothers and aunts, but I don't think I have the time this year. Last year they each got a dish towel angel.

lizziep
10-13-2008, 01:38 PM
oh one of your posts reminded - the first year i was married i gathered recipes from both sides of the family and put together a cookbook to give to people on both sides. it was fun. i'd love to do a scrapbook cookbook some time.

i feel very strongly in giving things that will be useful or consumable. we have a few umm... hoarders in the family and i do not want to contribute! hubby and i are pretty much minimalists & knowing this about us we still get some pretty strange things from his mom and i don't know how to tell her we'd rather she save her money the buy us one more beanie baby for example. lol.

FrouFrou
10-13-2008, 01:47 PM
JEN...thinking I will make it a tradition but I have just become a step-grandma this past May.

GREAT ideas ladies! And love the wreaths!

mandalinn82
10-13-2008, 03:54 PM
Things I've made in the past: Crocheted hat/scarf sets, baking mix gift baskets, cookie baskets, homemade soaps and lotions, cookbooks, and every year a new handpainted ornament for close family and friends.

This year I'm on a beading kick...lots of beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings. I'm also going to do my cookie baskets/goodie baskets for acquaintences, coworkers, etc...just bake stuff up en masse, bag prettily, and go.

spinky
10-20-2008, 11:21 PM
I'm working on a cross stitch of Mary Engelbreit's "Believe" poster. I wanted to do it for several years and last year I found it on Ebay. Lots of work but it will be great when finished - hopefully for Christmas this year.

zeffryn
10-21-2008, 10:43 AM
Last year I made knitted dishcloths to go in the food/baking mix baskets that I made for people....apparently they were a huge hit and I'm getting requests for them again this year. Thankfully they are easy and take only about a night per cloth.

Marathon Mom
10-21-2008, 11:21 AM
I haven't come up with my craft for this year yet... I am considering making fabric/ribbon memo boards.

In years past I've made personalized stationary, inspirational quote boards, and decorative throw pillows. They were all easy projects and made for great teacher gifts, etc.

Personalized stationary - I have a great color printer, so I bought heavy cardstock and personalized the card w/ monogram, family's last name, etc. Added stamps and their return address on the envelope.

Decorative throw pillow - I bought beautiful table runners and cut them in half. I folded them like an envelope, stuffed with batting and sewed closed.

Inspiration quote boards - I created stencils w/ inspirational/fun/festive quotes and painted them onto a 4x2 boards. (My husband has every power tool needed) He helped cut the boards down to the right size.

modkittn
10-22-2008, 07:25 AM
I am making some no-sew fleece blankets for my nieces and nephews. I always bake. I would like to do a few more craft things. Guess I should decide on exactly what pretty soon!

zeffryn
10-22-2008, 09:13 AM
modkittn - I made fleece blankets for my nieces and nephews last year. They were a HUGE hit.

Marathon Mom - I love the idea of memo boards. A friend made one for us a few years back and it is one of the most useful gifts we've received.

spinky
11-13-2008, 10:37 PM
42 days, Folks.http://www.getsmileyface.com/christmas/21.gif

WebRover
11-15-2008, 02:52 PM
I've been testing patterns for knitted bookmarks and felted coasters. I've decided on the pattern, thread and needles for the bookmarks and the first one is halfway done. Finally found some wool yarn today for the felting. First three stores I tried didn't have any wool yarn. Getting busy using my 40 some days and my lunchtime at work!!!!

In the process of looking for patterns I found some neat patterns for knit bracelets - one with wire and beads and one with stretchy thread and beads. I'm going to try those next.

spinky
11-20-2008, 10:50 PM
Christmas is getting closer. Bernat.com has all sorts of free knitting and crochet patterns. I'm looking at some cute slippers to knit and crochet as fast gifts to make.

I think as people start trying to get their debts paid off they will cut back on purchases. I'm willing to be we'll now see a resurgence in making gifts and clothes, etc. Christmas is a time that makes you think of making things.