I was thinking of ideas for my cousins who have pretty much everything they want, but have very minimal things if that makes sense. I was going to do the crayon rolls and make imagination books for them, but my aunt keeps all their coloring things together so I thought it'd be a waste of time since shes anal and would prolly not like that they had their own.
Anywhoooo I was looking through a craft book I snagged at the library and found these super cute name pillows. The pillows are the first letter of the name then the rest of the name is appliqued to the pillow. Think like a big stuffed K for Kristina then ristina appliqued to the pillow. The ones in the book were just plain but think of the fun you could have with a solid pillow and fun different fabrics for the letters!
Just thought I'd share cos I think it's a great idea for something to make for kids who are hard to craft for, and I'm pretty sure most kids don't have their own name pillow. It's also cool cos it's be something they would keep forever!
So far I have started making ornaments. It's only September and I'm already procrastinating! I have all the materials for all 3 of my nieces' gifts (2 sets of tutus and wands and some baby toys), and the materials for my aunt's bag and I sit here gluing buttons to balls haha. Oh well, at least I'm getting something done! I want to get the bag and the girls' things done this weekend hopefully.
I was just going to say I'd post pics when they were done but I have to wait a few weeks because I am getting a new camera but I sold my old one to my aunt and I dropped it off yesterday so now I'm camera-less and going CRAZY!!!!!
Soon I will have my lovely new Nikon D60 though and then all will be good in the world.
I just used Caron One Pound yarn I got on super sale a few years ago that needs to be used up. It's fairly soft for what it is. I got one in black, too. I'm using the rest of both for an afghan I'm making for my sister this Christmas.
I'm not sure I have posted enough to be able to post pictures, but here is the bag I made months ago! I just now uploaded my pictures from my camera haha. That's what happens when I have a huge memory card.
I made this for a friend of mine. I didn't do the whole pattern for the sides so they're a little different. I also made the base/strap a bit wider. She loves bulldogs so I free handed that little fella to stick on there. That's the first embroidery I've ever done. I also added a little flap to the bag so it wouldn't gap since I didn't go all the way on the sides. I covered the button in the same fabric I used for the puppy. The lining is this flannel stuff I had on hand, and I made some pockets in the side. Two biggish ones and one for a pen. The lining picture is from before I sewed it in.
You just totally reminded me that I bought a recipe box and cards with apples on them from Michael's out of the dollar bin a few weeks ago to give her! While it takes my gifts from 100% to like 95% handmade I still would have so forgot if you hadn't said that! Thanks haha.
Also, his brother is 10, so he's still into like Mario/Sonic/Zelda type games. Last year I drew him a picture of Sonic (his favorite) in oil pastels that he adored.
That snuggie idea is a good one, although I freaking hate snuggies haha. I may go pick up some team fleece to make the scarves and hats out of though, and seriously save some time since sewing is so much faster than crochet.
Thanks for the suggestions! They totally helped. =D
I'm just starting to get excited about this Christmas too! I have decided to make 100% of my gifts this year (except for some gifts for my fiance, not all his will be handmade), which seems a bit daunting but I think I will pull it off. I have quite a bit of crocheting to do, as I'm making hat and scarf sets for a lot of people.
I'm also making an afghan (my first!) for my sister.
Today I bought a 4 pack of lime green place mats on clearance at the dollar store to make a bag for my aunt.
My soon to be MIL is getting a number of apple things for her kitchen, including embroidered tea towels and hot pads. I'm going to try to make an apple mosaic too, which I have never ever done, but she always talks about one she had that her brother broke.
My fiance's sister is getting a french memo board, and his brother, well, I have no idea! He's a gamer kid like his brother so I'm sure I'll come up with something.
I'm making name puzzles for my two toddler nieces and dress up tutus and wands, I have a baby niece who will be 8 mos by Christmas and I don't know what to make her yet. I also have two nephews, one is getting a Titanic painting (he's been obsessed for years) and I'm not sure about the other.
My grandmother is getting a crocheted purse that she's wanted for awhile, and her boyfriend I may just make a hat and scarf set for. They travel a lot so I'm trying to think of something else that may be better? I don't know.
Dad is getting a hat and scarf set in Eagles colors.
Fiance's mom's boyfriend is getting the same but in another team, that I have to find out.
Fiance's dad is getting the same, but in "woodsman" colors haha.
No idea about my mom yet, I have a ceramic snowman that I am going to paint for her, but other than that I have no clue. She has everything!!
I also need to figure out what to do for my fiance's Nanny and step-mom.
Aaaand I need to figure out something small to make a lot of for the many aunts and uncles and cousins of my fiance's.
And I want to do something small for my brothers and their wives.
Oh shucks. I have 4 close friends to do something for too. Ahh!!
It should be fun to figure this stuff out, I want to use up as much of my GIGANTIC stash as I can so it's like a game to figure out what I can make.
If anyone still reading this way too long post has any ideas about the people I don't know about yet, please share!