While we bought far too many gifts (mostly online) this Christmas, there was a bit of handmade going on.
I knit Emmy's rabbit a cardigan and crocheted Emmy a lap blanket for when we snuggle on the couch.
Abby made me this inspiration wreath. I will hang it by my desk to clip photos and other bits of lovely.
and she knit me this purse.
Abby asked for this bracelet making kit. She said it is the latest craze. Using this plastic contraption and following different patterns using colored rubber bands, you can make all kinds of designs.
She made this organizer of cardboard to organize the bands.
We bought Sarah a needle felting kit and a needle felting bird book for Christmas. She has started making some birds.
Some window star making
Thomas' girlfriend, Sam, knit him this sweater.
Plans are already under way to change things for next year. To make ahead for our business so both Mike and I can package orders (so he doesn't have to be in the basement making as much and I don't have to spend hours each day just filling orders). To make more ourselves for each other which means planning and starting now. I am also considering just filling stockings (start finding thoughtful little somethings now at thrift stores and here and there) and then one handmade gift under the tree for each and one new family game. If the children want to buy things for one another, that will be their choice, but maybe they will be inspired by a simpler way if we lead by example.
Were you able to maintain your family's values this holiday season?