I made this collage artsy type box and a car CD holder for my daughter's boyfriend for Yule/Christmas. I had to make all the gifts this year because we are just tooooooo po' to buy anyone anything. And last year I was so stressed that I didn't get anyone anything, but then I felt like a real heel about it. I was so depressed about the holidays coming and again wouldn't be able to buy gifts, but then I challenged myself to make all the gifts and do it with whatever materials I had on hand.
I love this picture. I sent off, once, for an art college's stuff and they sent this incredible book of their students work. I used most of the pictures on the box from the book.
My daughter did some doodling, she's pretty artistic herself, and I found some of them and used them on the box, too. They're the ones that are on white paper in the upper left and right corners.
She also did the doodle that is under the "Rebel" picture. He's really into the energy drinks, even though I fuss at him about how bad they are for him. I figured he'd like it, though.
Here's the CD Holder I made for him:
Notice that a couple of the cd spots are backwards. I did that by accident and I didn't have any more of the fabric to fix it, so I put them in every 3rd one and it actually looked like it was supposed to be that way. So, accidents really do come out right sometimes.
I took the last pocket and turned it into a zippered compartment instead of another cd pocket and added a pocket for his sunglasses. This doesn't look anything like the pattern I found online. But that's what makes it unique, in my opinion.
Well, last year I didn't get anyone anything and I felt like a heel even though everyone was understanding. I was kinda depressed and feeling sorry for us and our situation. Even though a lot of other people are in the same situation it just doesn't make you feel any better. So, having to figure out what I could make with what I had on-hand was not only a challenge but it raised my spirits, too. It won't matter that I won't get anything either. It's the giving that I like. Thanks for the complement, it helps too. I had to give up most of my scrapbooking stuff and I used the eyelash yarn for that but I just couldn't give it up. I also use it for the hair for the Dotee dolls I like to make.
Well, I didn't have much poly-fill but I did have an old chair cushion that I opened up and used the poly-fill from it. It was a real soft and squishy cushion so it worked perfect. I can't buy anything right now, my hubby's been out of work for more than a year and I haven't been able to work for 7 years. So, I had to use whatever I could find. This just worked great. I am also going to make some that are pyramid shaped and rectangle shaped and round balls.
I made this snood with eyelash yarn and didn't realize how difficult it would be. Fortunately, it was an extremely easy pattern to follow. I spent several hours looking for a free pattern to use. It only took about an hour to make and that was me having to start over several times. I had a hard time seeing my stitches. LOL I tried putting elastic thru but it just fell out of my hair too easy. So I threaded a ribbon and that worked pretty good. I am giving it to my new daughter-in-law who has nice thick pretty hair. We are so poor this year and I couldn't afford to buy anyone anything so I am giving handmade gifts only. I also had to make everything from what I already had on-hand and that was a real challenge.
I made this beaded watch necklace for my daughter for Yule/Christmas. We celebrate Yule. I am ultra poor this year and had to figure out how to make everyone something from what I had on-hand. I think she's going to like this, or at least I hope she will. She's always complaining about not having a watch.
I made these for my grandson's first yule/Christmas gift. He seemed to have just about everything so I had a hard time figuring out what to make him. We are ultra po' this year so everyone had to have something handmade and I had to use whatever materials I had on-hand. That was sure a challenge. Anyway, here they are.
I decided to use some regular fabric and some fabric that had some tecture. Babies like bright colors and the leopard fabric is soft. I also made them squishie so they will be easy to grab onto when he gets old enough to do that. He'll be 3 months old on Dec 20th so he'll grow into these.
Yeah, I totally sympathize. When my hubby and I were first married I made things for his mother and she was pretty rude about how she felt about them. After that I just bought her dumb gifts from the dollar store. But then I made her a scrapbook type of photo frame, the kind that you can put a bunch of pictures on it and she loved it. Go figure, I got the photo frame from the dollar store. It's been 29 years now and I have learned more about what she likes and doesn't like, that always helps. Now, my parents love anything I make. That makes sense, since they are the ones I get my talent for making things from. LOL. Don't give up completely, just be very observant thru the year on their likes and dislikes. Some people appreciate handmade things and some don't. It's finding out what they really like that makes the difference. It does get very depressing to spend so much time and effort on gifts that someone doesn't appreciate, though. Hey, we all here appreciate your efforts. Keep up the good work and it will pay off one day. If not, just buy them some hankies, ha, that's what I did for awhile. Maybe, that's why they appreciate the things I make for them now.