I plan to bring my needleworking magic around the crafty house and see where it belongs because I certainly have to entertain it sometimes. Plus, I do love handsewing projects to do while watching Top Chef!
So to follow up on my vow to give Handmade or make gifts for the people I love (ala my A Crafty Holiday post), I wanted to highlight the treats that made it under the tree from my fave artisans and from my very own creative loins.
Anyhoo, I really felt good about my gift giving this year. I did more handmade than ever and I plan to build on that. What did you give handmade this holiday?!
|From Christian Dior|
|Rag & Bone|
Can someone offer to teach me how to macrame at length so that I may construct something magical to wear? Or if you don’t know how to macrame? You can certainly pick me up some Christian Dior 😉
PS. Happy 21st Birthday to my baby sister Lindsey! We are going to party tonight!
PPS. May you have a Merry Christmas Eve full of love and cookies!
Pictures via Style
I have been working on Lindsey’s ( my baby sister) birthday present for a few months now. She is a beginner knitter but aboslutely loves to do it. I thought that I would support her craftiness with some new materials to work with. To see past posts about the transformation of this bag, check it. If you were at all wondering what Lindsey’s new knitting bag turned out like…. without any further ado, I give you… a bag. This will make its debut this week (Friday actually) when little Lindsey claims she is turning 21 (I still claim its 11)…
Today I woke up and manfriend was like “do you want me to make you coffee or give you money for coffee?” to which I promptly replied, silly like, that I would take his money any day. Well, I rushed to get ready (as per my usual on most days) fully expecting to have a pot of coffee made…to my surprise when I came downstairs getting ready to leave, manfriend handed me a $20 bill (for coffee!!) and a foreign looking coin. He said happily, “It’s a dollar coin!” Now, I had never seen a dollar coin (I know, weird) so I was like, “What am I supposed to use this for?” to which he replied, ” A soda!”. I gave him a kiss and was on my way. Odd little exchange, I know, but we are a little odd.
As I sat here at work, hours later, I caught myself daydreaming about the guy I have been with for just about 2 years. DAYDREAMING! We have been out of the giddy, new relationship period for a loooooooong time but here I am thinking about giving him a hug as soon as I get home. Now before you go thinking that I am the type of girl who needs coffee money to make me happy, that is by NO means the reason that I am daydreaming about him. He just does little things for me, without a complaint (well sometimes with a complaint).
For instance? Today, he is working from home to brave the post office to mail our family gifts, something I had absolutely NO desire to do. For that I am grateful. This is one of the MANY reasons I love him and should show him I appreciate him more. I might just use some of that twenty and get him a hot chocolate on my way home and treat him to some Celine Dion holiday tunes! 😉
(here is one for you to enjoy! Happy Friday and Happy Holidays!)
So I just finished my last session of my first real sewing class since half a semester in Home Ec circa 1997… and I have nothing but great things to say about my Wednesday night’s sewing at the local Create! Sewing Studio in Acton, MA.
My previous experiences sewing were always what was right for me in that moment, not always what was right for the project in the long run. Couple that urge to take shortcuts with some impatience and you had some shoddy sewing skills at times. The first step in getting better is admitting you have a problem… Enter classes (and a little positive reinforcement) at Create! with owner Rebecca and instructor Darlene and I am on my way to taking my time and following directions more carefully. The two of them combined have so much experience, it makes my head spin! Being with them and my classmate, Sarah (darling), I got feedback and just good ol’ fashioned “Sewing Circle” time. I can honestly say that I have definitely built on the skills that I had prior and with a dash of Rebecca and Darlene’s tips and tricks (and how to use a Ham!), I am on my way to getting better and really, that is all that I can ask for.
|Sarah (my classmate) and Darlene working on a reversable Holiday themed apron. ADORABLE!|
|I just loved the atmosphere, trading tips and getting recommendations.|
|Owner and Founder Rebecca (left) and Instructor Darlene (right)|
|Unforunately, manfriend was at the helm here and I obviously look short buuuuuuuuuuut I did make this skirt!|