Friday, November 11, 2011

handmade holidays 2011

This year, like years past, we're striving for a simpler Christmas in our household. For a few years now we've held to giving just four gifts to each member of our family.

The gift-giving "rules" we follow are,

Something we want
Something we need
Something to wear
Something to read

We also fill stockings on the evening before St. Nicholas Day and small gifts are inside the stockings.

As much as possible I do try to purchase our gifts from small businesses, etsy artisans, and make some gifts myself. I'd love to be able to make all of our gifts, but I'm realistic enough to know that I never seem to accomplish that.

For those of you who also enjoy crafting your own gifts and buying handmade gifts you might be interested in taking a look at some of my Pinterest boards.

I pin tutorials, free patterns, free printables, and examples of handcrafted goods I'd like to purchase for my own family.

Ideas for sewists

sewing tutorials and patterns for kids clothing

sewing patterns and tutorials for home decor

sewing patterns and tutorials for sewing tools and aids

sewing patterns and tutorials for bags and purses

sewing patterns and tutorials for womens clothing and accessories

sewing patterns and tutorials for kids toys

sewing patterns and tutorials for baby items

play food patterns and tutorials

Ideas for fiber artists

needle and wet felting

Waldorf inspired gifts

Waldorf toy ideas

winter Waldorf nature table ideas


General crafts items

hair accessory tutorials and ideas

Gifts of food

food gifts

food gifts in a jar

Paper crafts

paper crafts


My personal Christmas favorites

Christmas decoration ideas

Christmas handmade gift ideas

Christmas printables

Christmas stocking stuffer ideas

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A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.

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I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)

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