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More Presents Done…

I’m pretty much at the tail end of “making” for Christmas.  The only person I have anything to do for is my Lovely Logger Man.  But I still have 9 days to complete his gifts – the rest of these have to be mailed out tomorrow.

  • I’ve made scarves for my two best friends
  • Embroidered a pillow for one of them
  • Made a Dammit Doll for the other one
  • Created a felt crown for my nephew, along with a cover for some notebooks for him to write stories in (see below)
  • Stitched toppers for four jars of homemade blueberry jam
  • Made two coffee cup cozies for my sister
  • Sewed up a sleeping bag for my other nephews “stuffies”  (aka: stuffed animals)
  • Burned several CDs (still a few more to go)
  • Burned a copy of Jack Frost (Rankin-Bass Christmas special from the 60s) for a couple of people
  • Made hand-stamped tags for everyone’s gifts
  • Bought some handmade soap from a craft fair for my sister and my two best friends
  • Bought some handmade ornaments at the same craft fair
  • Bought some Montana-made gourmet caramels as stocking stuffers

The only things I bought from “stores” were a couple of gift certificates (B&N and Starsucks), a book for one nephew, a paper airplane kit for same nephew, some pens to go with the story notebooks and a Webkinz mountain goat for one of the boys.  Oh, and some dog bones and a rope toy.  Oh, and some local cheese and sausage and some pistachios for my Dad.  So I think I did pretty good on handmade gifts this year.  I’m proud of myself.  I’ll see if I can go 100% handmade next year.  I’m going to strive for that for all birthdays this year, too.

Tomorrow morning I’ll get up, wrap like a mad-woman, then box it all up and take it over to the post office to send all the gifts on their way eastward.  Then I can start on my Lovely Logger Man’s gifts.

Here’s the notebook cover for my nephew:

And a funny little thing I stitched up that’ll be part of one of Logger Man’s gifts:

(It’s an inside joke…)

So how did you do this Christmas?  Did you make lots of stuff?

I’ve had such a blast the past month concentrating on making things.  I wish I could spend all day every day creating and making and crafting.  🙂  (I’ll have to talk to Logger Man about that – Hmmmm.  Sugar Daddy???) 🙂


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