This looks too fun not to join in, even late. I think I'll extend this all the way to the end of next year, as well
Such an awesome craft-a-long comes at a really great time, since I have two big birthdays in November -- Mom on the 18th, SO on the 26th. I'm a freelance writer and one of my big job sites just closed down (ack!), so frugal or free is definitely necessary!
My one amendment to the handmade rule is for Mom's Christmas -- she has been wanting a laptop for ages and I have committed to getting her one. I'm going to buy it new from a local shop where I got mine, which means I can make interest-free monthly payments and seriously save some $$$.
So, my list:November
Mom -- probably a scrapbook of us kids. She got me a Cricut lite as a graduation gift, so it'll be good to put it to use for her.
Devin (SO) -- I don't know. I have seen a plethora of things here and on Etsy he'd love, but a lot of it is out of my crafting expertise. I did see a Captain American pillow on the Crochet forum he'd die for that I'll probably copy for Christmas. He's a big gamer, grew up with retro 80s games. Batman, Captain America, Mario Bros, MegaMan, Metroid. I crochet mostly, but also sew and do some paper-crafting. Any ideas, patterns, etc. are much appreciated!December -- Christmas!
Mom -- laptop, but with some sort of handmade accessory, like a case or lap desk.
Devin -- Captain America pillow
Bro 1 -- Steelers pillows. I'm going to crochet four granny squares in yellow and black and put them around some pillow forms. This is perfect because we're currently painting their room yellow with black trim, lol.
Bro 2 -- I'm making a granny's daughter afghan with his name spelled out in the blocks. I designed a diagram to follow and I've made a TON of squares...I just need to assemble them.
Sister -- Last year I made her mary jane slippers that went over well, but she moved to FL this summer, so the cold weather type stuff is out. I thought maybe a nice framed picture of her black lab, which she had to leave behind with us until she gets her own place.
BFF and goddaughters -- stuffies for the little ones, maybe a home spa type kit for their mom
College friend 1 -- not sure. She's in grad school for her teaching degree, plays the piano, loves cats and dry red wine. We were English majors and organization co-presidents, and I want to do something really nice for her since I wouldn't have gotten through school without her.
College friend 2 -- She's an absolute enigma. Loves rock music, good wine, spending money, travel.
College friend 3 -- Also wouldn't have made it through without her. I'm going to put together a cooking box for her, with a customized apron, spice mixes, and some hot chocolate mix
Ex-boss/friend -- NOT. A. CLUE!
College friend 1's bf -- He's a writer like myself and a really great guy. I'm thinking bookmarks and a good used copy of an author bio, perhaps an anti-stress kit geared towards men.