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Christmas Gifts Unwrapped

I didn’t keep a detailed list, but I estimate I made more than 50 handmade gifts this Christmas, ranging from small ornmanents to a stuffed penguin for my son. There were a few things I never got around to finishing (or starting), but overall, I was very pleased. Starting early (July!) definitely helped.

Most of these gifts […]

Merry Christmas!

It’s almost Christmas Eve… who needs a drink?

My husband hosted eight of my son’s friends for a cookie-decorating party this week. For the adults, he made batches of a “Christmas Cocktail,” which is served in a glass rimmed with crushed candy canes. To decorate the jars, I made polymer clay snowman heads that I first spotted […]

Girlish Gifts

My cousin’s four little girls (ages 4-10) have been admiring some of the fabric flower pins I’ve made in the last few months, so I knew they would like these little gifts. I made them each a flower out of fleece and another out of silky polyster satin and made little sets that included a barrette, […]

Giveaway WinnerS

In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to give away both of my items instead of one. The random number generator picked #2, so Ammie (who has made seven seahorses as toddler gifts this year!) wins the bag.

For the gingerbread guys, I had to go with my favorite comment because it just makes me laugh […]

“And the prettiest sight you’ll see is the HOLLY that will be…”

(Click HERE to go directly to my Sew,Mama,Sew! giveaway post)

Yes, I am still working on Christmas gifts, with all my favorite songs in the background… I was perhaps a bit delusional in thinking that if I started making gifts in July, I would be able to take December off from sewing and crafting. At this rate, […]

Have a HOLLY jolly Christmas…

(Click HERE to go directly to my Sew,Mama,Sew! giveaway post)

I know it’s getting late for new ideas for Christmas crafts, but here’s a bunch of stuff I made recently for an article I wrote for The Associated Press on turning children’s artwork into Christmas gifts.
My friend was kind enough to lend me some wonderful samples of […]

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day

I know nothing I give away this time will be as popular as my Lowly Worm doll from the last Sew, Mama,Sew! Giveaway… but I have so many Christmas presents left to make that there’s no way I have time to make another Lowly. I’ve already spent too much time fretting about what to give away, […]

Deck the halls with boughs of HOLLY

I would like to say I haven’t been blogging because I have been soaking up the holiday atmosphere and relaxing … but that’s not quite true. ¬†While I have been enjoying lots of little Christmas-y moments with my family, I’ve also still been busy making lots of gifts, and work has been crazy. We put up […]