Thursday, January 4, 2018

Handmade Christmas for 2018






So I got very few handmade gifts done this past Christmas and I am determined to do better this coming year.

The first step is for me to make a list of the people I want to make something for... and then write next to their names something that they could use or would like - that something, being something either Mike or myself could make.

The next step is to pick one person/project on the list and come up with a plan for that project.  For example, if it is a knitted item then I would need to search for a pattern and make a materials list, buy the materials if I don't already have them (although I would really love to use up my stash), and set myself a time frame to get that one project finished.  

Would you like to join me?  I am going to use one of the moleskin notebooks Abby gifted me for Christmas, and devote it to Christmas 2018 and start in on the first step.  I hope to begin on the first gift by this coming Monday.

Warm wishes,
Tonya

12 comments:

  1. What a brilliant plan. I usually begin around July/ August, but January? I never have. I will do some thinking while visiting my daughter this week and see what I can come up with..
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Great - I hope you will share what you come up with.

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  2. I made several gifts this year but I hope to add a few more handmade gifts to my list. I agree a running list of names and patterns next to that name would help. I also want to find a few more gluten free recipes to add to our meals for the holidays.

    ~~Renee

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    1. Yes! Mike and I have gone gluten free (mostly) since the end of the summer. Our oldest daughter is 100%. We experienced terrible cases of candida and it has resulted in us eating even more healthy than ever and feeling better than ever. I will share more on the blog.

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  3. Yes! I will join you. What a great plan. I have a stash I am trying to work through. I know that if I make a list such as you suggest and gather my materials together I will be much more productive. Thanks.
    lisa

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  4. Sounds like a good plan!

    xo Lisa

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  5. but BEAUTIFUL ones! And I love the idea of keeping a notebook and starting NOW....oh, how helpful that would be. One year a goal I had was to make at least one Christmas gift every month. Funny, it made things do-able and less frantic at Christmas and things ACTUALLY got done instead of just forgotten about but I haven't done it since then. I wonder why? I guess probably because life just seems so busy all by itself that sometimes 'Christmas presents' in June is just weird.

    Weird but smart. ;-)

    Good luck with your endeavors this year!

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    1. I was hoping to have the goal of one project done per mmonth too. I hope you will share what you make. Warmly, Tonya

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  6. We are similar creatures, Tonya. I just bought my 2018 knitting notebook! I always intend to begin holiday craftung early though it never happens. This is the push I need. I love this! Xoxo
    Jules

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  7. This sounds like a worthy project and goal.

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  8. I live in Melbourne Australia and usually it's warm at Christmas time. That didn't stop me giving home knitted scarves one year to the relatives.
    other years I have given home made fresh pasta, home made chicken liver pate and regularly different varieties of home made (& this year home grown) berry jams.
    Also home made limononcello liqueur (made with duty free vodka and home grown lemons) & blackberry liqueur (aforesaid vodka & foraged blackberries).
    And one year I made home grown and home made seeded mustard. That was a labour of love sorting out the seeds from the pods, hand crushing in a mortar and pestle and mixing up different seasonings. Appreciated by all bar my father's wife who handed it back saying she had plenty of mustard!!
    Claire in Melbourne

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