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Title: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on June 22, 2009 01:49:30 PM
 Ok, ok, I know, already?! But I am so excited for Christmas! 'Christmas in July' must meen something, I always get excited for Christmas this time of year. I get so excited all summer and fall comes along and after Halloween, I panic cause I think I'm behind in everything. Last year was quite a bad ending year for me, because just before Halloween I went through a very (repeat 'very' a few times) terrible break-up, and after that, was no longer excited for Christmas at all. I was very sad about it too, because I love making gifts and made nothing for no one, not even my family. But I'm with someone new, we're just moving into an apartment (which meens I get to decorate EVERYTHING), and pretty much, this year, I'm staying excited for Christmas, no matter what.

 Sooo enough of my gibberish, does ANYbody know what they're making yet?! I can't be the only one. :'( I've been collecting stuff already to make gifts with, and I have a (growing) list of stuff I want to make for all my peeps, like candy apples, collages, jewelry, recipe books, and tons more. Anyone else secretly have Christmas lists kept away somewhere?!

And feel free to ask for ideas, I like to think I'm quite wise with coming up with ideas for gifts, sometimes they might be weird or silly, but something is always better than nothing. ;D



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: pinokeeo on June 23, 2009 11:00:00 PM
Not only do I have lists, but I have started collecting supplies for things that I want to make.  Christmas is my favorite holiday, because I love giving things that I make or redo.  So far, nobody has ever complained about my gifts, so I hope I'm on track.

And as the season gets closer, I start planning all of the baking I will do.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SevsOnlyGirl on June 24, 2009 03:54:21 AM
I love to make things for Christmas!  I don't have a list yet, but I need to get started.  I know that I'm making my sister a quilt in black/red/gray, but that's it.  Here's the people I need to do gifts for:

Nephew - 15 1/2yo, into goth culture and anime, awkward
Neice - 9yo, extremely girly, all hearts and unicorns and rainbows, the opposite of her mother.lol
BFF - 29yo, mom of 5 kids under the age of 12!, fulltime student, part time worker, editor of school paper, president of student government - she's just plain crazy. :)

My student workers - I usually have a mix of ages and men/women - they are college students at community college.  Something easy and low cost that everyone could enjoy would be nice.

My boss - she's very classy and intelligent, outspoken, loves Star Trek and African art (funny combo, eh?)

MIL & FIL - old fashioned-lost in the 60's, outdoorsy - gardens, cuts wood, etc; owns classic cars, retired

Immediate family:
daughter - 14yo, hippie style, good student, likes bright colors, reads a lot, loves music of all kinds and decades

son - 8yo, average boy, likes average boy stuff!lol

hubby - outdoorsy, country and classic rock music, likes board games instead of video games.

Ideas? :)




Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on June 24, 2009 01:41:15 PM
 Hey Sevs! I was looking at your list and your boss stood out the most... please don't laugh, I had to google Star Trek to get an idea. But then I also googled African Art to get a sense of style of what it really is... the art is very colorful, and I was thinking it would be cool if you somehow did a collage or something of an african elephant in the artsy 'african art' way, AND THEN .. you know how sometimes elephants have that little towel/blanket on their backs? Well... stick a Star Trek symbol on it and there ya go! African Elephants meet Star Trek, African Art style of course!!! ;D You said she's outspoken, but hopefully she has a little sense of humor too (wouldn't want her to fire you or something from giving her a Star Trek elephant!), but I also hope this makes sense, and doesn't make you slowly want to walk away from me thinking I'm weird and crazy. :-*

 For the student workers, maybe the candy apple idea would well, not sure how many you have to make though. I know when I make some this year I'm finding red/white/green chocolate chips and sprinkles to decorate.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SevsOnlyGirl on June 25, 2009 03:25:38 AM
nicolatte - *laughs* not weird at all!  I think she'd find it funny if there were a hidden Star Trek symbol in the picture.  What a great idea!  I don't know if I can pull it off, but I'll try!

Yeah, food always goes well for the students, doesn't it?  I've never done candy apples before, but they can't be that hard.  I only have to make for 5 of them and usually they're single people.  If they have kids, I usually bake cookies for their kids. 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FoxInDocs on June 26, 2009 02:33:05 AM
Sevs! your daughter need's rainbow sock poi!!

hippies love to play poi, and you can make them quite easily by stuffing a pair of ankle-socks with some rice, rolling them up, and then stuffing them in the ends of some long colourful stripy socks. www.homeofpoi.com for more info on poi and other fire-twirling disciplines.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SevsOnlyGirl on June 26, 2009 03:14:40 AM
Why have I never heard of these poi?!  How fun would those be!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FoxInDocs on June 26, 2009 03:32:28 PM
probably cuz they originate in new zealand...

they're lots of fun, and even more so when you get ones that you can set on fire.... probably wouldn't recommend that until you and/or your daughter have the sock one's down-pat though  :P


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on July 02, 2009 09:28:10 AM
 Oh, and another thing I know I'm lots of this year is chocolate bark.. lots & lots of chocolate bark. I'm sticking with the chocolate and candy cane one, but trying to think of other kinds.. anyone try a different one and liked alot??


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: mommacucpakes on July 05, 2009 11:22:28 AM
I always get excited about Christmas in July as well. I spent last night (after the July 4th fireworks :)  looking at my Gooseberry Patch Christmas books. They have so many ideas in there and there is so much stuff that doesn't just pertain to Christmas ( I found lots of great recipes for summer). Anyway, I always get gifts for my cousins kids, but they have been "pumping" kids out lately and we are up to 5 so I came across a great item in the gooseberry book. They are reindeer hooded towels and matching mitted washcloth and I think I will try to make them. I also came across pedicure sets where you get empty paint gallons decorate the outside and fill w/ pedicure stuff. I have always been one for baking gifts but I really wanted to do something this year that I can start now and be DONE come Thanksgiving so I get to really enjoy instead of baking 24/7.

Can't wait to hear what others are planning!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on July 05, 2009 08:00:04 PM
 Oooh, I love that pedicure set idea!! I've seen empty paint cans at our hardware store, and thought I must think of SOMETHING it can be good for prezzies, I'm taking that idea! And the towels sound so cute! I'm not a kid person (or have any), but would totally wanna make a jumbo one for young adults! ;D ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: AlyssaKnits on July 06, 2009 07:30:18 PM
i always start my planning in july, then craft the rest of the months up till xmas.
I always make my grandmother an ornament- not for a tree,though, i still need to find one to make.
I'm making my 3 brothers patchwork pillows- potentially lap quilts if i have the time/money.
that's all i know of so far, i usually make my best friend an "in a box" present, i need to decide on a theme, it'll probably be disney though since i'm going to disneyworld in november & can get some things.
I'd like to do some sort of basket for my mom, but im not sure what theme for that either.
One of my brothers asked for a scarf, so i'll have to do that. Im thinking of making my dad some sort of hunting package, or some sort of package for BBQ's in the summer. Have to think about that one. im very excited!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on July 09, 2009 08:35:57 AM
 Ooooh, you're soo lucky, I've been to Disneyworld before and I can promise you you will find sooo many neat things down there!!! That's gonna be an awesome themed box!

 You know, I really want to do a basket for my mom as well!! She's done soo, SO much for me this year so far, helping me move and gave me so much, I really want to do something awesome for her. I wanna spoil her rotten this year. I'm not too sure what I wanna do for it though, a scrapbooking one would be neat, but she has tonnns of stuff already. I was thinking If I found enough sheep themed stuff (stuffie, cup, bookmark, magent etc) then THAT would be an awesome themed basket!! She loves sheep and *SQUEELS* when we go past farms, "Baby sheepies!!!"... so yeah, if your mom has a favorite animal that would totally work!!  ;D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FIFI on July 10, 2009 04:14:14 AM
I am in a major embroidery phase so I am concentrating on ornaments, dishtowels and aprons.With the economy as it is, I figure this is a good way to enforce frugal gift giving and how show how nice it is to make gifts to my kids.

I am using these patterns for some of them.

http://www.colonialpatterns.com/product_info.php?products_id=567&osCsid=04f22b4da4047537222feb94b196f2fe

FiFi


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: annieandchiquita on July 10, 2009 05:59:24 AM
Ooooh, you're soo lucky, I've been to Disneyworld before and I can promise you you will find sooo many neat things down there!!! That's gonna be an awesome themed box!

 You know, I really want to do a basket for my mom as well!! She's done soo, SO much for me this year so far, helping me move and gave me so much, I really want to do something awesome for her. I wanna spoil her rotten this year. I'm not too sure what I wanna do for it though, a scrapbooking one would be neat, but she has tonnns of stuff already. I was thinking If I found enough sheep themed stuff (stuffie, cup, bookmark, magent etc) then THAT would be an awesome themed basket!! She loves sheep and *SQUEELS* when we go past farms, "Baby sheepies!!!"... so yeah, if your mom has a favorite animal that would totally work!!  ;D

My brother just found a set of mugs with really cute sheep on them for my Dad for his b'day in November :) (He's a kiwi, so any gifts at the moment must be sheep themed for our entertainment!)

I'll be making... actually, I really don't know yet  :-\ I want to find a cute disney princess (preferably Aurora) cross stitch for my bestie, she's a teeny tiny bit obsessed with sleeping beauty... I already have her a barbie (dare I say she's actually turning 21 in October :)) ) but I for an awesome knitting book I want to make her some things out of.... but I oculdn't justify buying the book last fortnight when it was $60 and I had no money hahaha Its called domiknitrix, and its filled with alternative patterns that she'd love to pieces, however she also has no desire to knit, and I do... hence making her something.
My brothers... are difficult. Maybe some nice cushions for my brother who's extremely room proud - he freaks out if my little man dribbles on his bed.
My dear fiance wants a quilt, one we've been designing together for a while... so if I get my good machine fixed he can have that... and if I get my butt into gear asap haha
Its based on a dragon from world of warcraft and maybe some other wow themed stuff or mario stuff  :-\
My Mummy... need something awesome, but I really don't know what. Maybe a massive queen sized quilt, or cushions for her bedroom, which she's redoing pretty much now, in marshmallow pinks and sage green  :D
Still have no idea for everyone else, but at least I have some ideas now that I've written it all down. I did chuck a huge layby down though, just last week so I may have to out some of my son's stuff away for his birthday next year... hmmm


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on July 11, 2009 10:14:07 AM
I didn't know this forum was here and I'm PUMPED that I found it!  I made my list (although I am always changing it!) about a month ago and have started working on gifts!  My list is *HUGE* (my fiance and I both have big families).  I am making 100% of our gifts (except for my son and fiance - they get a mix!)  I am really excited and well kind of smug about it. (My fiance's family and I don't get along the greatest.  His sister recently told me after I sent her kids handmade birthday cards that I should "put the glue stick down and get a job."  I'm a stay at home mom - a choice that we made together and I sell my crafts.  So I'm going all out with my holiday cheer and gifts - kind of spite.)  So here is my list (sorry its sooo long!):

1. His dad - I don't know yet...I'm having trouble with this one!  I was thinking popcorn tin with a couple types of popcorn (you can order the tins online for about $1) and maybe a soap set?
2. His mom - She's big into church (and not happy we live together and are not married yet...) but she does the secret friends with women at her church so I'm making her set of 'churchy' notecards and hmm not sure what they are called but they are pictures of everyday things but when you look at them they spell something?  Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  Like a street sign could look like a 't'?  Well I'm doing it in black and white and it's going to say either pray or faith.  I haven't decided yet.
3. His gma - sachets, aromatherapy heating/cooling pads
4. His wonderful, fabulous sister - monogrammed tea towls, candles
5. Her husband - NO CLUE...he's into nascar I know nothing about it
6. Their dog - treats
7. His neice and her fiance (she's 20 and their baby will be due around or born at Christmas I'm not sure) - brag book, decorative wipe container, burp cloth, bib and recieving blanket.
8. His nephew - NO CLUE...he's different.  Never really talked to him much.  He's 21.  Into video games (I think), and that's about all I know.
9. His other neice and her fiance - brag book .... AND I dont know.  She is 19 or 20.
10. #9 has 2 kids - the little girl is about 1 so felt food, and a hooded bath towl
11. her son - the cookie monster scarf I saw on here (which is DONE!), a superhero cape, car mat and soapsicle
12. Nephew - I don't even know his name - sadly I refer to him as the hairy guy (I've only seen him twice.)  But I don't want him to be the only person that doesn't get something.
13.  Fiance's other sister and husband - candles and the photography thing (going to do each one different so 1 faith and 1 pray)
14. His best friend and fiance - brag book for her, I'm looking for an xbox controller mold for soap for him probably baby stuff (bibs, burp cloths) and the 3 bear wooden hangers (Martha Stewart)
15. Their baby - it's called edgy baby blocks (Check the Martha Stewart website for them) but he farms...so I'm doing it as a farm theme.  I'm working on them now and so far they are super cute.

My family
1. Mom - family tree (this is the coolest thing I've ever seen)  I saw it in a catalog and loved it, but didn't have $100 for it.  So I'm making my own.  Its really quite easy.  Also monogramed tea towl, and my son is decorating a note cube for her to take to the office.  (oriental trading has blank note cubes 3/$5)
2. My step dad - big into bike riding.  Bike t-shirt, coffee cozy with embroidered bike, bike etched pub glasses set of 2, reusable sacks, grocery sack and a note cube from my son.
3. My little brother - 3 years old - cape, car mat, oscar the grouch scarf, soapsicle, ninja turtle masks (you know they just cover around your eyes in purple, red, green and blue)
4. My little sister - 7 years old - recycled notebook (Martha Stewart website), cupcake soap (craftster), jewlery, hair pins
5. Brother and fiance - also into biking - soap set, bike t-shirt and grocery sack
6. His 2 kids - Name print, tie onsie (inspired from Etsy), fish in a bag soap, car mat
7. Other brother - bike t-shirt, grocery sack, soap set
8. Brother - Nintendo body pillow (saw on craftster), guitar hero scarf (again saw on here) bike t-shirt
9. I have a lot of brothers - pirate v. ninja checker set (saw on Etsy), dead ninja scarf
10. Aunt and Uncle - Family tree (I'm giving them as a kit since I don't have his side's pictures plus she likes paper crafts), monogrammed pub glasses
11. their 3 kids - felt food (for daughter), and fish in a bag soaps and personalized water bottles (for boys)
12. Aunt and Uncle - Another family tree kit, and publ glasses
13. their 3 boys get water bottles and fish in a bag soaps too
14. My dad and his wife - printed blank book, soap set, and stay warm packs (neck warmers, scarves, hats and if I can find mittens (I want the ones that you can turn to fingerless)
15. My brother - ninja v. pirates checkers, nintendo pillow, recled notebook, water bottle, tote bag, apron (He's 9 years old and sells cakes that he makes to a local restaurant Impressive huh?)
16. my sister - water bottle, cupcake soap, hair bows, recycled notebook, jewlery, stay warm pack
17. my gma - sand castle candle (Martha Stewart), Clam wreath (I think also Martha Stewart), wine cork board, and I saw on etsy where someone took the wooden letters and covered them in small shells to make the word shore.  I thought maybe I would make them say my grandparents last name instead? Or just beach. haha. Opinions?
18. Gpa - note cube and pub glasses
19. My bff - wine glass charms and car mat for her son
20. All dogs get treats! :)

Teachers/therapists and such:
1. Note cubes
2. tote bags (with their inital on them) Again oriental trading has plain canvas ones for $15/12.
3. Not sure for his male teachers and bus driver.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on July 11, 2009 10:19:03 AM
I almost forgot -- here is the link for the family tree:

http://gifts.redenvelope.com/home/familyphotogenealogytree-30002403?ref=REDSRCHgoogkwd_red-envelope_BrandHomePage&prid=SRCHribbon5&catid=ProductSearch

It's a long link!  :o


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on July 11, 2009 11:44:09 AM
 WHOAA!! You're gonna be a busy bee this year I see!!! :D My family size is like, barely enough players for a soccer team! :o :D WOW! I can't wait to see some stuff you make for everyone, you must have lots you're gonna be showing off!!! ;D I'm thinking of posting my list too... it's not really always changing, I'm just always adding stuff to it. People are getting spoiled this year!! 8)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on July 11, 2009 03:06:47 PM
Ha ha when I stopped and looked at it all put together like that I was just like, wow.  But I'm doing the  scarves now (they take the longest!) and then for example when I do the pub glasses I'll etch them all at the same time. When I cut things out for the family tree I don't cut just one tree trunk I'll cut 4.  I do the same thing when I make cards - I cut out 2 and put the other in a baggie so I have a pattern.  So many times I've made one and then I'm like ohhh I wish I could make that again! :) 

I'll post pictures!  But right now I gotta go work on my ninja scarf....and my notecard sets! :)  Happy Crafting!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: annieandchiquita on July 21, 2009 12:04:01 AM
  His sister recently told me after I sent her kids handmade birthday cards that I should "put the glue stick down and get a job."  I'm a stay at home mom - a choice that we made together and I sell my crafts.  So I'm going all out with my holiday cheer and gifts - kind of spite.)

I can't believe she actually said that :o
Also can't believe what an amazing list of things you have to make (and thankfully have started making!!)

I saw quilting fabric in christmas themes come out here this week  :o Unbelievable!! Its only July!
Shall put together a list of the things I'm making and post here soon :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Nadia/hope on July 21, 2009 09:35:01 AM
I'm thinking that this is the year of the apron.  Everybody is getting an apron.  If you're a kid - we'll you're getting a smock for school and your art days.  I was thinking of making a "year" of half aprons - you know Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If I can find a good deal on those kitchen towels with the year on them "2010"...I can make year round aprons using the towel as the apron bib.   If I make Christmas aprons the recipients won't be able to use them till next year - so, If I do those I can make altered recipe books to put in the pocket.  Or aprons plus a recipe book with my own artwork....  The "2010" towels would also make neat shopping bags.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on July 22, 2009 06:53:01 PM
So it is me...the girl with a mile long list! :)  Well I have a few things I can check off! 
1. The Cookie Monster Scarf - Well pretty much. The only 'cookie monster' colored yarn I found (I was just at Wal-Mart) was the cheap stuff so I'm looking for a matching fleece to back it with, but that will take no time to sew it on there when I find it.
2. MIL notecards are done - I made 10 that is big enough for a set, right?!? Also her rice bag is finished.  I put some vanilla essential oil drops and let it soak on the rice for a night before I put it in - and mmm does it smell good! :)

I know it is only 2 things to check off, but that is 2 down! I've got one of the dead ninja scarfs almost complete...been making one Christmas card a day (that way they will be DONE by the end of next month!), finishing the rest of the rice bags, got a couple pieces of felt food done.  We also put a Christmas tree in my son's room as well as one in the living room.  I'm a total freak and have to have things match or follow a theme.  (I'm def. not the Hallmark ornament type) So my son wanted to have a Mario tree and I have almost all of his ornaments made.  (The tree topper is going to be the star power!)  Our tree is going to be gingerbread (I saw it in a Martha Stewart magazine) so I don't have to worry about that until later. 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: AlyssaKnits on July 22, 2009 06:57:48 PM
a mario tree sounds awesome! you'll have to post a picture later on!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: onceinlovewithAmy on July 23, 2009 12:08:14 AM
I'm still working on my Christmas planner for this year, so my ideas are pretty spread out... on sticky notes all over the place, random word documents in my computer, notes on napkins in the car :P Once I get my Christmas planner put together I'll have a better list!

I'll see what I can remember, though:

I'm gonna make a fanny pack for my mom; she's a big garage sale fan, and she always likes to have a fanny pack with her 'cause they're easier for her to use.

some kind of gaming keychain for my gamer BIL, possibly some kind of gamer-type pillow and/or blanket, for those late-night game sessions. Maybe if I can find some video game-esque fabric...

an anchor keychain for my dad and stepmom

I'm gonna decoupage a matchbox and keep it full of matches for my SIL; she's an outdoorsy type of girl.

tetris refrigerator magnets (saw 'em somewhere around here) and a Bloo (from Foster's) plushie for my hubby

felt food for my stepdaughter. Made some last year for my niece and it was a hit so why not do it again? ;D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: onceinlovewithAmy on July 23, 2009 12:09:44 AM
Oooh, and maybe some kind of Wall-E ... thing... pillow maybe? for my stepdaughter.
OH! I could make a Wall-E pillow and an Eve pillow! A set!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Loullabelle on July 27, 2009 02:34:04 PM
I love the idea of handmade gifts but I never seem to get around to it. This year I took up quilting as a hobby and as of last weekend have (aside from the binding) finished my first ever quilt, this one was made specially for my nephew who is a little budding Steve Urwin. I want to make matching pillow cases to go with it.

I'm so excited! lol I'm gonna have to think of other gifts to make as I definately have 'the bug' this year.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on July 28, 2009 08:39:46 PM
 Aww, I hope you keep the bug loullabelle!! I'm already DROOOOLING over Basic Grey's new Christmas aper line, already drawing out ideas for my cards this year. To help 'the bug', stay inspired, look through old posts on here and check out all the neat stuff to make, I'm sure you'll find tons of things to make!  ;D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: drinkingyourtea on July 29, 2009 06:03:22 AM
Since I  have  crazy  ass  huge  family ....   I am making a  few  things. I am  going  to try to  year of  quilt  ideas . 
 So not  order  here  we  go.
    Mother  in Law  :  Purple and  green   quilt 
    Father in  law   :  Not  sure  yet ,  he  is  huge  movie  buff  and  loves  cards
    Brother  in  law  :  I was  thinking  of  trying to  make  a  soccer ball  quilt 
    Grandma  and  Grandpa  in  law : I  need  HELP  with  them, he  is  pastor  in  church..... so  help
   
    My  family
    My mom  :   Crazy  quilt  that  she  wanted  to  have  for  years.
    My  dad  :   CGF  quilt   this  is  bit  tricky  because I  dont  have   all  the  fabric  yet ....
    My  brother  :  Agh   what  do  you  make  for  20  year  brother ?? who studying  blacksmitting  ?? and Wicca ?   My  brother  girl  friend : I am  thinking Hello  Kitty ? She  is  Koren .... any  ideas ?
    My older  brother  :  HA  this  going  to  be  something tricky  also  I am  thinking  Batman
    His  wife  :  I am  not  sure  either  on this  one .  Because  she  wicked  girlie  and   into  babies  in  flowers  and   such ....  yeah  I  know ....
    My  sister :  I  have  no  idea,  I  am  going to  try to  make  her  a  nightmare  before  christmas  quilt  (  saw it  here )   but   I  dont  know  how  to  zzz  quilt ..... 
     Her  Husband  :  Marine .....  into  asia   stuff ....  that  all I  have  about  him,  also  he  over there so its  going to  be  his  first  Christmas  home .... 
     My  niece  :  She  is  going  to  be   close  to two ,  and  girlie , and  first  grand child   for  both  sides  so she  gets  what  she  wants ( which  is  fine  with  me )  but  I dont  know what to make  her .....agh 
   
     MY  BOYS 
   My  husband :  Gamer ,  computer  guy,  teacher ,  and  history  buff ( ANY IDEAS??) he  loves  terry  brokes  He  also  into  his  family  big  time ,  that why  we  not  moving  from  the  coast anytime  soon.  He  loves  me ( ahhhhhhh  oohhhh)  we  been  married  for  ONE  year  soon.  He loves   earth  tones and  he  just  fell  in  love with  gardening .  He  just  watch 
   
My  stepson :  He  is  11  ,  and wicked  smart, starting to  get  into  sports,  likes  horror movies ,  likes  dragans   and  asia  stuff .....  He  loves  pirates and  princess  bride  (  I was  wondering about  quilt  here ) he  loves  Black!! And the  show  supernature.
 
Oh  we  having  a  baby  also,   a  boy .  First  Christmas  ideas  which are not  lame ,  we are  going to  pirate  theme   nursery . 
     
   Friends 
   M :  She  into   dwell and  domio   and  martha  stewart  and  she  house  wife  with out  kids ,  she   loves   her  husband  and  her  god .  She  loves  her  cats and  movies. Ben  and Jerry  also.  I am  not  sure what to  make  her ....Her  colors  are   purples and  greens.

   K :  She  is  becoming a  teacher ,  we  met  last  year ,  she  likes turtles  and  she  first  up school. She  also  loves  the  color  pink. 
 
  R:  Ah  she  is  older  friend,  she  just  finished  up school,  kinda  gloomy... I dont  know what to get  her. 

 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: modgeek on July 29, 2009 03:54:34 PM
My family
1. Mom - family tree (this is the coolest thing I've ever seen)  I saw it in a catalog and loved it, but didn't have $100 for it.  So I'm making my own.  Its really quite easy.

My mom has made a family tree, but it's a bit different from your link. She bought a small fake Christmas tree and printed family pics spanning several generations in the "index" size. I think it prints about 35 to a page. They're tiny. She made flat "ornaments" from sticky foamie (I think) and attached the pic to the foamie. Printing the pics in the index size also prints whatever you name the picture. It's a real conversation piece, as it gets everyone talking about the people and events in the pics! (My family was lucky enough to have my extremely tech savvy uncle take all my gma's old pics and digitize them for her b-day. Also, my mom has digitized my gpa's slides.)

It's a really cool project and easy to do and fun to look at. This one seems to only come out at Christmas, for some reason, but I think you could easily have it out year round. The one in your link is a lot more year round friendly, though.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: chickology on July 30, 2009 12:01:43 AM
Wow, you are all very organised! I have been racking my brains because I know I need to get started soon. It's going to be a budget christmas for us this year, because I had a baby in April, and have stopped working. So the crafting is mostly for love but also to save some money.

So for my parents, my fiances parents and all four sets of grandparents I am doing a wooden scrap book of my daughters first year. I would like to do something extra for our parents, so they have something individual as well... I will list the people I need to craft for and if anyone has any grand inspiration, perhaps they can share some with me!

My Family

*Mother - Massive crafter, loves almost all sci fi, especially trek and stargate. Her passion is papercraft, specifically card making

*Father - Fitter and Turner by trade, also a qualified personal trainer. Races Mountain Bikes.

*Brother - 21 years old, 1st year med student, loves to cook, heavily into fitness, total hippy, just got his first tattoo Bag for uni embroidered with tattoo art? couple of scrub hats?

*Sister - 14 years old, dancer (ballet, jazz and street/hip hop), bit of a tomboy in fashion, likes alternative stuff.

Fiance's Family
*Mother - Deeply religious (Catholic), we don't have the easiest relationship as she is very meddlesome, but she truly does appreciate the work that goes into hand crafting Maybe a small religious themed cross stitch?

*Father - Also quite religious, puts his family before everything, very proud of being dutch

*Brother 1 and fiance - He's 23 and a policeman, she's 21 and a pastry chef, they have just bought a home and got engaged I am thinking something for the house? Maybe some appliqued teatowels and an apron for her? for him, a bbq apron or something?

*Brother 2 - 21, very quiet, talented and dedicated musician (piano, guitar) Music themed messenger bag for uni?

*Brother 3 and girlfriend - both 19, she's a singer, he's a pianist and prodigial composer, neither are very focussed though. Tend to change jobs and aspirations every month or 2, so hard to know what they'll be into at xmas

*Sister - 15 years old, typical teenage girly girl, likes clothes, jewellery, mainstream music I'm thinking a girly lap quilt? or a pretty bag?

Our House

*Fiance - 25 years old, Computer programmer, loves his motorbike, and is also into cars. Currently trying to get fit enough to get into police academy.

I am not too worried about our daughter for christmas this year as she will only be 8 months old.

If anyone has any flashes of inspiration, i'd love to hear them.... and i prefer to give practical gifts rther than ornamental type stuff.
 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on July 30, 2009 12:31:00 AM
My whole family lives 2000 miles away and is HUGE. My husbands family do a Christmas get together where each family does an ornament exchange so, I am making 16-20 of the same ornament this year instead of the 15 from years past because some of his cousins have moved out on their own since last Christmas. I think I am either going to do some poly clay candy,  or something to do with Twilight I also might do something with knitting for these ornaments. I try to make these ornaments relevant to what has gone on with me and the hubby through out the year and I learned how to knit this year and we both read Twilight and fell in love. The poly clay candy is just because we love chocolates and i make candy every Christmas lol. (Shipping)

For my friends around here I am going to make a candy gift box thing with caramel chocolate covered marshmallows, Candied Popcorn, Chocolate covered Raisins and crasins an  something with peanut butter I haven't decided what yet lol.

For my niece and nephew  I am making some fabric books and hopefully some hooded towels with their names embroidered on them.

For my family I think I am going to make some Christmas embroidered towels. Then some doll clothes for the dolls my mom is making my baby cousins.(Shipping)

For the hubby I am going to make him a quillow for when he has to go out of town since he does that a lot lol. I am also making him an orange chocolate cake and a bag that has compartments for his travel stuff to make traveling easier on him.

For my mom and Gran I am making some charm bracelets same for my mother in law.(Shipping)

My Niece and Nephews parents will be getting ornaments for the tree, a Christmas Tea Towel and some candy.

My really good friends here will be getting Books for the two youngest boys that I am going to make the oldest boy I am making him a thing to carry his cars in. For the parents I am making her Jewelry and him food.

MY friends daughter will be getting Bella's Mittens a twilight color scarf and bellas la push hat. Everything but the gloves are done lol.

For me I am making two afghans for the back of the couches lol.

I think that is it I have been crafting since March so who knows what else i have in my box o stuff lol



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on August 02, 2009 11:17:58 AM
Wow, ragdoll, aren't shipping costs extreme to send all that stuff?! Your list looks awesome too!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SevsOnlyGirl on August 02, 2009 01:45:16 PM
*Father - Also quite religious, puts his family before everything, very proud of being dutch

Hmm, he doesn't subscribe to the saying "If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much" does he?lol  That's my FIL's favorite thing to say as he is descended from Dutch stock.  I keep thinking I should put it on a pillow or something.lol


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: chickology on August 02, 2009 02:15:10 PM
*Father - Also quite religious, puts his family before everything, very proud of being dutch

Hmm, he doesn't subscribe to the saying "If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much" does he?lol  That's my FIL's favorite thing to say as he is descended from Dutch stock.  I keep thinking I should put it on a pillow or something.lol


Ha ha I havent heard that before, but I'm POSITIVE he would love it!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: celestialtones on August 03, 2009 08:03:56 AM
After searching for many days, I have FINALLY found this thread!  I'm looking for Christmas ideas for the family this year.

I have 101 family members. 

There is myself & hubs, 21 y.o. Dd, 15 y.o. DS, 5 y.o. DD, and 3 y.o. DD in my household.
Every Christmas we get together with the extended family.  This family does not believe in drawing names.  However, there are many family members to make homemade candy, etc and gift "family" gifts.  A couple of years ago, I made a family tree quilt for my inlaws.  I also cross stitched the family name and framed it.  Each married couple rec'd one of these. 

The tween-teen girls each rec'd a pillow in the shape of the first initial of their name.  The Tween-teen boys rec'd a dollar store bought camoflage wallet that I personalized with a gold paint pen.  The PreK-Tween kiddos (boys and girls) rec'd a hand painted personalized pillowcase.

This year, I'm lost.  I have no clue what to do other than repeat some gifts for the kiddos who have been born since the last time I made those gifts for their cousins or siblings.

HELP!?  Please!!!  Send me some thoughts!

Thanks!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on August 03, 2009 08:34:51 AM
Wow, ragdoll, aren't shipping costs extreme to send all that stuff?! Your list looks awesome too!
With the USPS flat rate shipping boxes it really isn't that bad I ship one box to my mom and one to his then they distribute to the family. However, if I get it all done before the 6th of October I will be able to take everything out there myself lol. I just have to keep it under 20 pounds if I do ship which is easy enough to do lol.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Nadia/hope on August 03, 2009 01:22:42 PM
Geez, celestial!!!  So many family members....with that many people - make them each an address book - everyone's address, phone number, family info - birthdays, anniversaries, etc....add photos of each member if you have them.  Make it an altered book - or an collage calenday for the coming year - put the family member's photo on their birthday, etc...


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kwiltykate on August 06, 2009 09:46:39 AM
i love the address book idea! We only see my family at Christmas, so about 20 ppl total!

ideas do far...

mum : cross-stitch (have been working on a handful of samplers all year- my in-front-of-tv projects :)and maybe a quilt
dad : scottish background, so anything with family tartan or crest on will do... prob some kind of embroidery
sister : winemaker, single, early thirties... black and red quilt with asian inspired embroidery, kimono cross stitch and maybe more - she's taking us all to thailand in october so i better give her something nice this year!
brother : decorated wine glasses and charms
brothers wife : lump of coal (nah... too hard to find!) umm maybe some decorated tea towels (and prob one of the cross stitch's)
niece (18mths) : cupcake quilt :)

hubby : still thinking ...
ds 9 : store bought crap, and maybe a couple of cushions for his bedroom
dd 7 : waaay too easy, handmade bags and stuffies..prob make a few extra for her fav gf's too :0)


will prob make some ornaments and small items for the cousins and their families

i need some ideas for the chrissy cards? last year the kids and i did cute fingerprint reindeer and sleighs, but im having a mental blank right now and cant think of anything  to put on this years! have about 50 on the list...so not too many.. ideas welcome!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sunshinesmiles on August 09, 2009 02:36:41 PM
Haha this is an awesome topic!

So far I have thought of something for everyone on my list except for my dad and brother and my boyfriend's dad. I normally get the bf's dad some hickory farms sets since I know he likes those, but this year I want to get him something more personal. My brother's fixing to start college this fall, so I was thinking about getting him college things for Christmas, but won't he already have him by the time the holiday rolls around? So I'm at a loss there. And my dad... I have no idea, so all suggestions are welcome!

I'll put my master list up later to help anyone else out!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SevsOnlyGirl on August 09, 2009 03:52:52 PM
I have 4 brothers and sisters and I've made them calendars for a few christmas'.  They always appreciate it because I do put all the birthdays and anniversaries on them.  It's fun to make them with family photos too.

I'll see if I can think of anything else, Celestial.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sunnyskies*4* on August 10, 2009 09:49:34 AM
I already have all my Christmas cards made so now time to focus on gifts before going back to work in September...

Most of my family lives either on the west coast or the east coast and we live pretty much right in the middle so for the most part its stuff that will ship easily and then just stuff for the my kids and hubby and then teachers/bus driver,etc.

Stuff to ship:
- recipe books with 'Family Favourites' for nieces and nephews that are married.
- bookmarks for all the bookworms in the family (more like book thongs actually)
- scarves (that I've already started on)
- whatever else I think of yet that is light-weight and will ship nicely (baking maybe? candy?)

Shipping one box west-ward to my sister who hosts the gift giving at her house with her married kids and one box east-ward to my Mom who is distribute to my sibs and their married kids.

Hubby and Kids:

Hubby - we usually do a bigger "couple gift" together, but I still always make something to wrap and surprise him with. Probably some microwave heat wraps since he has a bad back and a cool scarf to stay warm at the job site on those -40 days (yes we live in the far north)!

14-yo DD: stuff for her room: picture frames, pillows, magnet board to hang pics along with some cool magnets (extra magnets for the locker... ), cool storage containers,

13-yo DS (will be 13 by then): ?? harder to craft for and I've already crafted alot for him ??

10-yo DD: again, stuff for the room: picture frames, pillows, cool storage containers,

8-yo DD: anything super girly: purses, bags, jewelry, hair stuff, still into Bratz and barbies, etc so stuff for that. Also into Webkins still so maybe some things to go with this yet too.

Teachers and the bus-driver: not sure yet but something consumable that will not clutter their garages for years to come :)  Probably something like stationary or note-cubes, or something along that line.






Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on August 10, 2009 03:10:09 PM
 Your list looks awesome sunnyskies!!! I am sooo making some book thongs this year too, Rackycoo made me one for the bookmark swap, and I'm in love with them!! And for your 14 DD, I have some picture frames on my profile that I've done with paper and wood if you ever need some ideas. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: bevthefighter on August 10, 2009 07:03:01 PM
I have not even thought about making anything yet for Christmas.  I better get going soon.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sunnyskies*4* on August 11, 2009 08:47:57 AM
Thanks nicolatte, I'll definitely check out the picture frames!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Odri on August 11, 2009 09:16:22 AM
Ok, I'm on a really tight budget this year because I haven't been able to find a job this summer. So, here is what I have planned so far.

Family
-Sister: Fairly Easy Fair Isle cardigan
-Father: "?" Likes classic rock and hockey. Last Christmas I knit him a hat and he loved it.
-Mother: A travel journal for her trip to Europe next summer

Extended family
-Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents: Fancy German cookies with a coupon for one free night of babysitting (except for the grandparents, they have no one for me to babysit lol)
-Cousins: Christmas cookies

Friends
-Roomate: A Gryffindor POA scarf
-Friend 1: "?" She is always made up and wears high heels all the time haha. She likes jewelry, make up and going dancing. She likes the tv shows Entourage and The Sopranos.
-Friend 2: "?" She is my best friend. She likes dancing and going out and she has been teaching aerobics for 2 years now. She is a med student and recently moved out in her own apartment. She likes trendy/funky things and also likes Kurt Halsey's artwork.
-Friend 3: "?" She loveees makeup and nailpolish. She also likes cops shows such as bones, criminal minds and CSI. She also likes to cook, make jewelry and draw.
-Friend 4: "?" I'm not too nervous about friends 4 because she told me numerous times that I didn't need to give her a gift and that she'd be happy with anything (which I am super glad about!). Anyway, she studies journalism, she likes trendy and girly clothing and she is also a hugeee HP fan. I have already given her a HP scarf.
-Other friends: Scratch and sniff Christmas cards (as seen on this board)

So as you can see, I really don't know what to give my friends. The thing is, I know they are going to give me storebought gifts and I don't want them to feel disappointed because they spent money on someting and I crafted them something that they can't really put a monetary value on. You know what I mean? (I personally would love to get a handmade gift but I don't think that everybody is like that!)
Anyway, if I made them something, I know it would have to look really neat and perfect and like something I could have bought at the store.

What I can do: I can cook quite well, make jewelry, knit and take good photos.

Please help me fellow craftsters!  :-*


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Odri on August 11, 2009 09:40:35 AM
My student workers - I usually have a mix of ages and men/women - they are college students at community college.  Something easy and low cost that everyone could enjoy would be nice.

Maybe you could make them some jam or preserves? Food is something that everyone enjoys, especially college students! (Because I always picture college students living on nothing but ramen noodles and kraft dinner lol)
I found some canning tips and recipes on Marthastewart.com if that can help you:

Canning tips (http://www.marthastewart.com/article/canning-tips?autonomy_kw=canning ball jar)
Sour Cherry Preserves (http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/sour-cherry-preserves?autonomy_kw=canning ball jar)
Raspberry Jam (http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/raspberry-fruit-preserves?autonomy_kw=jam)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Odri on August 11, 2009 09:19:23 PM
i need some ideas for the chrissy cards? last year the kids and i did cute fingerprint reindeer and sleighs, but im having a mental blank right now and cant think of anything  to put on this years! have about 50 on the list...so not too many.. ideas welcome!

Ok, I found some cards ideas on craftster that I thought were cute:
- The Obnoxious Holiday Letter (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131914.0)
-Piratey Christmas Cards (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202040.0)
- Scratch and Sniff Christmas Trees (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214330.0) I did these for this year and they turned out super cute. It took me like 2 afternoons to make 20 and I'm sure that with your kids' help you'll be more efficient than me :P

AND, of course, I had to look on Martha's website haha. They had a few photo cards that I liked:
-"Joy" Accordion Card (http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/nine-holiday-photo-card-projects?&lpgStart=1&currentslide=2&currentChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs)
-Christmas Carol Family Portrait (http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/nine-holiday-photo-card-projects?&lpgStart=1&currentslide=3&currentChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs)
-Season's Greetings (http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/nine-holiday-photo-card-projects?&lpgStart=1&currentslide=8&currentChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs)



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Ashling on August 12, 2009 04:49:15 PM
I'm making everyone scarves, because I am a slug this year.   ;)  I haven't been motivated to do much of anything, and I think at this point that's as much as I'm up for.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: onceinlovewithAmy on August 12, 2009 07:47:19 PM
I've come up with these to make:

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=277658)

I'm going to make one for my stepdaughter and one for my niece. This one's for my cousin's daughter for her birthday ;)

Kids are too dang easy to craft for.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: aliasgracie on August 12, 2009 08:44:10 PM
  His sister recently told me after I sent her kids handmade birthday cards that I should "put the glue stick down and get a job.

I am choked, I would give her nothing... so rude.
How about some Nascar themed  etched glasses or coasters?



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: mustangsal27 on August 14, 2009 04:04:01 PM
Wow! you guys are all so organised! I've just managed to get a load of wool/yarn for 50pence a ball. So i've started knitting double nickels, got gorgeous wool for my dad's, it's a khaki green colour and when it knits up it looks camo. So at least i've started, also making a quilt for my 2yr old son and 9mnth old nephew. and poss handbags, with handprints of my 2yr old. more like tote bags. not sure after that. ooh, quilted wallhangings for my sis, out of baby clothes from her two kiddies. so got plenty to do and hopefully plenty time to do it.lol.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: psyche on August 17, 2009 02:47:59 AM
Nothing started yet, but here's some of my early-on brainstorming and people to buy for:

1) Mom - it will be a big crafty package!  I usually do glittery notecards each year (I'll have to check if she's run out this year yet), may do some 'relax' type items (bath stuff?, candles?), tea or chocolate related items, or some jewellery.

2) Sister (19) - I'll craft a lot & buy some too (she's fun to gift for) - her biggest obsessions as of right now: planning her new room ("menagerie"-themed); cooking;.... I know I plan to make a 'French Toast' stuffie that's based on an inside joke, but I'm not sure where else to go with her yet!

3) Dad - Hm. Not too much contact since my parents recent separation, but I guess I'll still do Christmas. I made him a handpainted motorcycle engine shirt a few years ago, and he said he would also like a V-Twin engine. So maybe. And bookmarks? He's into (I think, things may have changed): reading, motorcycles, flyfishing, smoking his pipe, wood carving, travel, cooking.

4) Boyfriend (23) - His birthday in mid-November takes priority. I think for that I'll do stencilled shirts + purchased items, which leaves me still confused for craftable items for Christmas. He's into zombies, Batman, Xbox Live, reading, ships, & history. I'll check out that boyfriend gift thread though...

5) University friends (4 of them, scattered around the province) - we don't usually do a big exchange, but just a little thing each. Something foodie maybe. Perhaps chocolate. Requires research...

6) 'Home' friends (3 of them)? - All pretty commercial, may not enjoy handmade, and we may not even all exchange gifts. One 'appreciates' homemade things (though this year told me 2 days before her birthday that she didn't want any purchased items, but could accept something handmade - apparently misunderstanding the fact that handmade takes time [and I work shifts]) .... and she scrapbooks and bakes. Maybe a cooking apron - or a scrapbooking apron!

7) "$5 Gifts" (1-3) - Our family does a secret $5 gift exchange, with plenty of switching involved! Most people try to give a gift that is worth more than $5 without spending more than $5 (through work freebies, etc.) - so I'm going to craft at least mine, maybe my mom & sis's, and only count supplies! I need to brainstorm ideas. It would hopefully be something relatively generic that could appeal to men AND women in a large variety of ages & stations, though a lot of the time the gifts end up being more 'woman' or 'man'. Any suggestions?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: psyche on August 17, 2009 03:06:32 AM
-Father: "?" Likes classic rock and hockey. Last Christmas I knit him a hat and he loved it.

Friends
-Friend 1: "?" She is always made up and wears high heels all the time haha. She likes jewelry, make up and going dancing. She likes the tv shows Entourage and The Sopranos.
-Friend 2: "?" She is my best friend. She likes dancing and going out and she has been teaching aerobics for 2 years now. She is a med student and recently moved out in her own apartment. She likes trendy/funky things and also likes Kurt Halsey's artwork.
-Friend 3: "?" She loveees makeup and nailpolish. She also likes cops shows such as bones, criminal minds and CSI. She also likes to cook, make jewelry and draw.
-Friend 4: "?" I'm not too nervous about friends 4 because she told me numerous times that I didn't need to give her a gift and that she'd be happy with anything (which I am super glad about!). Anyway, she studies journalism, she likes trendy and girly clothing and she is also a hugeee HP fan. I have already given her a HP scarf.

Anyway, if I made them something, I know it would have to look really neat and perfect and like something I could have bought at the store.

What I can do: I can cook quite well, make jewelry, knit and take good photos.


Hi Odri! I took a quick peek at your new thread posts, and you've got some extremely tasty looking things there. Mm.

And I know what you mean about friends being difficult due to the storebought/handmade issue. I definitely have several that might not appreciate handmade. That said, I don't know if I've figured out your friends entirely, but here are a few suggestions. :)

Your Father - is he good at the computer? If not, maybe make him a mix CD of a bunch of downloaded classic rock songs he doesn't have on CD yet. Or make him a manly scarf or a pair of (fingerless?) gloves to go with last year's hat.

Friend #1: Sounds like a good candidate for jewellery. Maybe the thin & classy type - lots of silver or gold (depending on what she's into) and maybe swarovski crystals.

Friend #2: Sounds like another good candidate for jewellery. Maybe thick & funky with big bright beads & eclectic pairings. Or a pendant/pendant set with Kurt Halsey art on it. Or a cool and eclectic brooch. Or make a scarf with some chunky yarn.

Friend #3: Maybe something to help her do her hobbies? E.g. a set to make a type of jewellery she doesn't already make, a cookbook of your recipes, or kitchen items (potholders, scrubbies, etc.)

For any of the friends: I see you made a pretty little bath set with soaps and such once. Maybe you could get a nice mold that would work for all them and then do up soap in each of their favourite colours. Or do some food that goes in a jar - like your strawberry applesauce, which looks awesome! Or make something different, like flavoured vodka/alcohol. (I'm not sure if they are drinkers, but I figured that 'going dancing' sometimes involves some alcohol!)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Snowhite on August 17, 2009 04:25:52 PM
My family is very commercial. 
Last year I made baskets with cinnamon coffee/cocoa and mugs (unfortunate that they did not like the cocoa or coffee) and spent countless time making my brother Runescape coasters from Perler beads (which came out so awesome!).. not sure if he has used them though because I have never seen them since.

I will not give up though :)  I started knitting my mother a red chenille shawl... but know I am in love with it and will turn it into a throw for me  ;D

I never really know what to get everyone because if they really want something they buy it for themselves.  This year I am going to do "My favorite things" gifts:

I am picking up composition books now that they are on sale and will make everyone journals/cookbooks (whatever I think they will like)

Matching bookmarks

Polymer pens or handpainted pencils?

Hot/Cold packs

And not sure what else :(  I still have time though.. thank goodness


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: blushingbluegrass on August 17, 2009 06:56:47 PM
Oh, and another thing I know I'm lots of this year is chocolate bark.. lots & lots of chocolate bark. I'm sticking with the chocolate and candy cane one, but trying to think of other kinds.. anyone try a different one and liked alot??

Wow this was from forever ago. But I read this and had to comment.... I used to love Dreamcicle bark as a kid. It is so easy to make too..... Just white chocolate, half of it with orange extract and orange food coloring. Yum.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Lysine on August 18, 2009 11:16:39 PM
Mum - Her's is the only gift I've gotten around to actually starting. It's going to be a big cozy shawl chrocheted in chunky orange chennile. I think she'll like it. If I'm brave enough to try making my aunts socks and I have time, I'll probably make her a pair too.

Dad
- He lost his favorite hat (very floppy, multi-coloured stripes, crocheted) on the bus a couple of months ago so I'm going to make him a new one. I was going to make him a Doctor Who scarf, but I haven't had time to start it and I don't think I'll be able to finish it by December.

Sister - Not sure. Any suggestions? She's 16, she's a complete nerd, she wants to be a lawyer, she likes writing, she's a gamer (tabletop, especially D&D, as well as MMO's - especially third person shooters), she loves Doctor Who and Torchwood, her favorite band is Ladytron, and she's bedridden indefinitely so maybe something to pass the time that wouldn't be too hard on her synapses? I don't know, my mind is blank.

Ex-Best Friend - Again, not sure. This one is difficult because we had a falling out a while ago, and since then she's been making moves towards wanting to be all chummy again but not very directly. I want to send her something (she lives across the country) to indicate that I, too, would like to be chummy, but I don't know what would say that. Bah humbug.

Aunts (I have two)
- I think I want to try knitting a pair of socks for each. I'm not amazing at knitting though so I don't know if I'll be brave enough to actually try that.

The two women who are most like second and third mothers to me - a shawl crocheted in broomstick lace for each.

The guys I play D&D with - journals with covers related to their characters. Minotaur Barbarian: "Granny MacGyvern's Recipes". Elf Fighter: "Dying Doing Stupid Things: A Self-Help Primer". Gnoll Ranger: "Gnoll Fairytales".

Dungeon Masters of the D&D campaign I'm in - a huge binder to keep all their super secret DM files in, and a sheaf of 'parchment' (computer paper tea-dyed to look old) with handwritten retellings of some of the adventures from the past two years of the campaign, written from the point of view of my Kender Bard character. (This is the gift I'm most looking forward to doing!)

Yep, I have a lot of work to do.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Odri on August 19, 2009 07:00:54 AM
Thanks for your advice Pysche! You really did some good detective work to find out stuff that my friends would like that I could actually craft.  :-*

For my dad, I'll go with the mixed CD and then I'll add a photo montage of our vacation in Gaspésie (Québec) that we just came back from.

I haven't exactly decided what I'll make for my friends but I like the idea of giving everyone similar gifts such as flavored alcool. Thanks! xoxo


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: jayamaree on August 19, 2009 11:51:53 AM
Well this year I'm for sure making Christmas stockings. I finished one already, as a practice in non-wool yarn. These ones will be of wool and I will wrap them in tissue paper every year and pack them up with cedar (at least that is the plan).

This is my practice one (i just wanted to see if i could do it before I spent $$ on the yarn I actually wanted to make them in)


IF i have time after I make those (just got the wool in the mail today for them) I would like to make my oldest daughter a bed for her American Girl Doll (18in doll) out of the doll's box.

If I make something for DD I need to make things for my other two children as well. I try to make them something every year, last year I knit them donuts for their play kitchen (which they share) however at that time my youngest daughter was only 3 months old so she didn't care at all.

Everyone else is getting store-bought stuff cause they aren't really into crafting and I don't have time :-) At least it makes my list shorter.

I'm also working on an afghan (http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80753AD.html) for MYSELF errr my family, well it will live on the couch.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on August 19, 2009 03:11:17 PM
Oh, and another thing I know I'm lots of this year is chocolate bark.. lots & lots of chocolate bark. I'm sticking with the chocolate and candy cane one, but trying to think of other kinds.. anyone try a different one and liked alot??

Wow this was from forever ago. But I read this and had to comment.... I used to love Dreamcicle bark as a kid. It is so easy to make too..... Just white chocolate, half of it with orange extract and orange food coloring. Yum.


OOMMMG that sounds soooo good!!! It sounds just like an Orange creamcicle we have here!!! Oh those are the best!! :D ;D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on August 21, 2009 04:56:54 PM
Dreamsicle bark...*drool!*


Jayamaree, your stocking is beautiful! :)  Just curious, how long did it take to make?


Here's my list of Holiday Crafty To Do:

Husband - I'm making a remote control organizer to hang over the edge of his recliner. I might make it roomy enough so his game controllers will fit as well.

Son (almost 9) - I'm making him a set of the Mario figures. I made the Mushroom using the soda pop pin cushion pattern and he went bananas. I now have to decide which characters to make. I've already made the green mushroom, red 'shroom and a goomba. Maybe a Koopa, dunno...

Daughter (almost 4) - I'm going to make her either a fairy or princess dress for her dress up chest that my MiLaw started for her. I'm excited about making this but I'll only be able to work on it when she's asleep. Otherwise, I'll never finish or she'll find out. Little Miss Nosey is her name.

Where I need help is my parents...oof.

Both are retired and neither have any real hobbies or pastimes. They also don't like for me to spend money on "real" presents for them. I was thinking about making some peach preserves and apple butter. (Mom doesn't make these anymore and I know they like it.) Dad's mobility is declining rapidly so I was thinking about a lapghan or lap quilt. I'm a beginner at crochet but quilting I could handle.  For mom, I'm at a loss unless I make her a lap quilt as well, but that's not too original if I make one for dad, you know?

My coworkers
- (I'm the dept head at work.) - I'm making felt ornaments for them. Maybe some kind of quick edible goodie...chocolate bark is a serious possibility. :)

My kids' teachers - I'm thinking I'll use the rest of my preserves or apple butter for them, but that means I have to fix a double batch so that I'll have some for us. lol


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on August 21, 2009 05:10:47 PM


-Friend 1: "?" She is always made up and wears high heels all the time haha. She likes jewelry, make up and going dancing. She likes the tv shows Entourage and The Sopranos.
-Friend 2: "?" She is my best friend. She likes dancing and going out and she has been teaching aerobics for 2 years now. She is a med student and recently moved out in her own apartment. She likes trendy/funky things and also likes Kurt Halsey's artwork.
-Friend 3: "?" She loveees makeup and nailpolish. She also likes cops shows such as bones, criminal minds and CSI. She also likes to cook, make jewelry and draw.
-Friend 4: "?" I'm not too nervous about friends 4 because she told me numerous times that I didn't need to give her a gift and that she'd be happy with anything (which I am super glad about!). Anyway, she studies journalism, she likes trendy and girly clothing and she is also a hugeee HP fan. I have already given her a HP scarf.
-Other friends: Scratch and sniff Christmas cards (as seen on this board)


What I can do: I can cook quite well, make jewelry, knit and take good photos.

Please help me fellow craftsters!  :-*

Odri, what about some jewelry rolls for your gal friends? They don't require advanced sewing skills and a half yard of some cool fabric would easily make 2 or 3 rolls. A jewelry roll is like a knitter's needle roll only with more little pockets.

Here's a link http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_make_a_Jewellery_Roll/  You could do velcro or hook and eyes instead of zippers, which can be a pain in the arse to sew in sometimes.

For Friend 4, how about HP inspired photo frames? A wooden frame, bit of paint and some antiquing...maybe write spells along the frame? I'll noodle this one some more. I love HP as well. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on August 26, 2009 04:53:08 AM
I have been so busy lately -- hardley time for crafting.  Must.....keep.....crafting.....

But I have managed to get a few things done:

Brother's apron and sister's art smock.  I bought the fabric for a few more things and hopefully will get stuff done this weekend.  School + working 2 jobs + being a mom = need for more time! :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cupcakemama06 on August 26, 2009 07:29:01 AM
Mother in law - cloth napkins.
Mother - cloth napkins.
2 year old daughter -
Sock Monkey
T-shirt with monkeys embroidered on it using the sublime stitching designs.
Hat
Minky and Flannel blanket with Monkey fabric on back.
Doll (have decided if this will be a black apple doll or a Waldorf doll. I think Black Apple doll and give her a Waldorf for her 2nd b-day which will be in Nov)
Daughter that will be 6 months -
Taggie Blanket
Babushka Doll
Black Apple Doll
Hat
Fabric Stacking Rings.

Various Friends -
Tea Towels embellished with Christmas motifs from Sublime Stitching.

Sisters - key fobs, book marks, pin cushion, stitch markers.

 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Onyxnox on August 27, 2009 05:20:32 AM
I am so late with planning this year.  I am going to experiment with some copperwire to see if I can make something I have been thinking about.

For my two older neices, they are starting their first year of university each and will be living away from home for the first time, so I was thinking of painting some reusable shopping bags with their university crests, etching some drinking glasses for them, and perhaps making them each an afghan with their uni colours.  Same with older nephew too, since I never made him anything in a long time.

I have been making knitted Christmas gnomes for MIL, SIL, best friend's mom, and perhaps other SIL in Texas too (good for shipping, not too heavy, and not breakable).

Perhaps some wreaths too - have had the ideas on the backburner for a while.

Then I plan on making more hot pepper jelly, and some marmalades too - my mom loves marmalade.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: fantasticmio on August 27, 2009 07:22:55 AM
I had a plan for my Christmas crafting that was entirely banked on a good sale on Bernat Satin yarn.  Wouldn't you know it, but after waiting for months and months, the sale comes at exactly the time when I can't buy any of it.

It's on sale at Michaels and Herrschners.ca right now, except that we're moving this weekend, so I can't get any at Michaels (not that there's one in Toronto anyway. Hrmph!), and I usually have my online orders shipped to my parents' house because they're usually home, but they are going on vacation on Friday and wouldn't be home when the yarn would arrive!  Not to mention the fact that mr.fantastic spilled coffee on his laptop, so we had to get him a new one if we're going to meet our long-term financial goals.  *sigh*

So, new plan!

I do have a LOT of yarn already, and once we're moved in and settled, I'll have a very clear idea of what I've got, and can start planning specific gifts then.

Here is my list so far:

Dad: memory blanket. I've been planning this for months now, and I think I have yarn enough for it... if not, I won't need to buy much more, I don't think.

Mom: Christmas decorations... hopefully several tree ornaments, and some other things that I don't know yet.  She absolutely loves Christmas, and especially handmade Christmas decorations.

mr.fantastic: the blanket I'm making him for his birthday is almost certainly not going to be done in time (it took me 2 months to get it half-way done, and I've only got a month before his birthday now), so that will likely be his Christmas present instead.

Niece1 - 8-year-old, into cake decorating (really!)... think I'll crochet her a pillow shaped like a cake, and maybe toss in some cake decorating supplies of some sort.

Niece2 - 6-year-old - probably a hat and scarf... possibly a blanket

Nephew1 - 4-year-old - maybe a blanket... or something Star Wars or car themed.

Nephew2 - 1-year-old - hat and scarf, not sure what else.

Everyone else on my list is probably getting a store-bought gift or a gift card, although, my two brothers might end up with blankets if I have time and the yarn. 

I wanted to make some snowflake afghans for the women in my family, but with the yarn sale problem, I'm not sure if that's going to happen.  I'm pretty sure I have enough white to do at least one, but I don't think I have enough of any one colour to go with it.

I can't wait until we get moved and I can sort this all out!

Oh! Almost forgot: there will be lots and lots of baking this year, as I'll have a proper kitchen again! Yay!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Harvey on August 27, 2009 03:28:17 PM
For my birthday my husband signed me up for a chainmail jewellery course, maybe someone will be getting some of that for Christmas. ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: hugarobot on August 28, 2009 09:31:48 AM
I'm making cupcake bath bombs (thank you, craftster)homemade hot cocoa, and some sort of baked something to sort of package together and give away, I'm making my sister a t-shirt quilt and hand painted shot glasses for her boyfriend. I'm also thinking I might embroider a pair or pj pants with bubbling test tubes or molecules or something, he's getting his PhD in biochemistry...

For my boyfriend I want to buy some plain western shirts and fancy them up with some embroidery. I also want to make a few pieces of jewelry and I found some neat things in the Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine I bought yesterday!

I was planning to learn to knit, but that isn't really going very well!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: mellybelly81 on August 29, 2009 02:48:28 AM
Oh all of you are soo organised! It is getting me inspired, now I just have to stop reading all of your posts so I have the time to craft!

I have absolutley no idea what to get anyone for Christmas, we have been very cash-strapped this year, as hubby has been studying/working part time and I haven't even thought about gifts! I have a few people to buy for too.

This may sound silly, but what do you put at the back of the cross stitched tea towels to keep the stitching in place? I have done a lot of cross stitch samplers but never actually done any on a "useful" item like a tea towel of piece of clothing and wouldn't know what to do.

Ok, so I have a reasonable list and very few ideas, so here's hoping there's some ideas out there!

Hubby's family:

Mum - she is very family oriented, very hands on grandma, likes to read

Sister - just gone back to work after having her kids, does admin type stuff, likes making cakes/decorating cakes

Sister's hubby - tradesman, fairly laid-back, likes Superman, fishing

5yo nephew - likes trains, Steve Irwin, just starting school

3yo niece - girly, but not really girly, likes animals

Brother#1 - really quiet, likes fishing, don't really know much else

13yo nephew - will be starting second yr highschool, likes sport, computer games

Brother #2 - likes music, kinda the "black sheep" of the family, also likes fishing

(there's definitely a fishing theme in this family!)

My family:

Mum - likes to read, do jigsaw puzzles

Dad - does a fair bit of DIY, always gardening, repainting, building something, plays golf

Sister - preparing for her wedding, always wearing something "cute" from the season without being a fashion victim, Japanese teacher

Sister's fiance - country boy, used to work on a farm, makes handcrafted timber pieces (mostly furniture)

then there is 1 x set grandparents (grandmother quite ill, steadily losing her memory), great aunty/uncle (like grandparents), 3 aunties and partners, 2 teenage cousins and 2 adult cousins and partners. We haven't bought gifts for these rellies in the past, but I think that since hubby and I have been married for over a year now, we should probably start with some gifts of our own.

Then of course there is my hubby, into WWE wrestling, world of warcraft computer game, sport, fishing, 80's/90's rock.

Ok so thats some list and its making me a little nervous now! I will have to come back and add some ideas when I get them. Some of the ideas from this list have helped so far though, I may have to look in to the tea towels (maybe face washers too?), bath bombs, baking and maybe even a "gaming" blanket for DH when he's on the compkuter playing WoW for hours at a time.

We'll see how far I get!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: mamoon on August 29, 2009 11:11:18 AM
I've started buying supplies for my gifts.  I am growing kitchen counter herb gardens, making scrapbooks for the grandparents, teacup candles, mosaic trivets,  quilt wall hangings, framed monograms, cashmere socks and scarves.

Since we have a huge family, I'm always looking for ideas.  I'm so glad I found this site. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ryv1079 on August 29, 2009 11:48:28 AM
I haven't finished my gift planning notebook yet but, this is what I have so far! And I'm not done yet!

BIL - matching earflap tobaggan and mittens for when he is working in Montana this winter. Maybe a corduroy zippystrippyquilt.

Sister - A recipe book like the one in Alicia Paulson's book of family recipes. Zippystrippyquilt.

Father & Step-mom - They just got married last week. I'm going to make a patchwork pillow from the photos of their beach wedding. I think I am also going to make a "1st Christmas" ornament with sand and some of the seashells I picked up in those clear balls.

Aunt - Grapevine suet bird feeder and a doggy sweater for her new dachsund she is getting this weekend.

Paternal G'ma - Grapevine suet bird feeder. She also crochets so, I'm going to print some free patterns off of the internet and put them in a notebook for her.

Maternal G'ma - Grapevine suet bird feeder. Maybe a shawl.

Both G'pas - Scarves

That still leaves the best friend, goddaughter and my mom.

ETA: Figured out mom's gift! My sister is bringing the first grandbaby in to the family next spring! So, I am going to make my mom a scrapbooking kit with all things baby and extra supplies like glue, pens and fancy scissors.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: amc- on August 29, 2009 07:49:34 PM
I just started making my list tonight. I'm only gifting for people I'm close to this year.

MOM: Wine glass. Mother/Daughter frame. (Buying LCBO gift car)

DAD: Stencilled shirt. (Buying LCBO gift card)

ROB & MICHELLE (Brother & His Girlfriend): Stencilled beer mugs.

PERCY (15yo Brother): Thinks he's a gangster. Likes to party. Have no ideas.

RACHEL (13yo Sister): Stencilled tshirt. Maybe a cool photobook.

EMMA (2yo neice): A fairy princess costume. (I might make myself a matching one :D )

DAN (Boyfriend): He's a nerd. Star Wars / Star Trek that sort of thing. He's got his own place. A bit of a stoner. He's trying to quit smoking. We like to cook together. And hes a hockey fan. But I'm clueless of what to get him.

BRANDON (Best Friend): He's a musician. He plays drums and sax. He's learning piano. And he likes to sing. But I have no idea. I made hime a scrapbook last year but I'm clueless for this year.

SAMMY (Best Friend): She's 18 and doesnt do a lot other than party. Maybe some painted shot glasses?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on August 29, 2009 08:19:07 PM
My tu-tu's are done!  Woo hoo!  2 more gifts down! :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on August 30, 2009 04:24:47 AM

Paternal G'ma - Grapevine suet bird feeder. She also crochets so, I'm going to print some free patterns off of the internet and put them in a notebook for her.


That is a fantastic idea amc!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on August 30, 2009 04:30:13 AM
Inspiration hit on what to do for my mom last week! I crocheted her a super soft, teal scarf. (My first big project and OMG, I'm hooked on hooking now! I'll post a pic over in crochet later today.) I'm going to add in a couple pair of fishback earrings and her gift will be done.

I also bought the stuff to start working on my dad's lap quilt.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on August 30, 2009 08:06:55 AM

3yo niece - girly, but not really girly, likes animals

Sister - preparing for her wedding, always wearing something "cute" from the season without being a fashion victim, Japanese teacher


Hey mellybelly, here are some ideas for you...

For your 3 yr old niece, try making some stuff glove animals. You can pick up stretchy gloves at the dollar store and the sewing required for these is not difficult at all. There are plenty of tutes on line for this if you google glove (or sock) animals.

I'm a teacher and I always need storage for my classroom. How about a cool decoupaged storage box. It wouldn't have to be a big one.  You could even do one  If you could find 2 or 3 sheets of Japanese themed scrap booking paper, you could make a really cool box. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: fifitinkerbell on August 30, 2009 12:56:07 PM
I'm starting a Christmas craft course on Friday - so excited!! Should get some good ideas there :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on August 30, 2009 01:23:48 PM
I'm starting a Christmas craft course on Friday - so excited!! Should get some good ideas there :D

What fun! Come back and tell us what you learned. I've always wanted to sign up for a class like that. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: faithgirl on August 30, 2009 04:03:45 PM
DVD's from iMovie
Placemats with pictures on them
Cookies in tins
pillow cases
picture frames decorated from the dollar store
Handmade teddy bears
Christmas game
Video recipe book
Fleace tie blanket
Papermache bowls filled with candy
homemade choclate(white choclate with candy canes in them)
Journals (homemade)
Boxes filled with handwriten letters of my memories with that person
Coupons for free babysitting
Anyway tootles!
VicVic ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: mellybelly81 on September 01, 2009 06:14:27 AM
Hey Troublet

thanks for the tips!

Mel


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dshouppe on September 02, 2009 11:50:25 AM
Well my list keeps getting bigger and bigger. I just hope I have the energy, and time and money to get everything done.

For White Elephant Christmas at church , I am making 2 sets of the curling ribbon coasters that Jo and Chica put on their blog. I am also making a set for my young adult son and dil. I think the colors being bright wil be cool for them as they do enjoy having people over every now and then.  I also am making them a paper Mache mail sorter out of old cereal boxes and packaging I have. I may cover in pm or just decoupage it with pictures of them throughout the last 8 yrs.  They were h.s sweethearts. A very nice couple.  I also was brain storming last night and decided that all my toliet tubes and paper towel tubes are going to become an accessory hanger. I am going to cover the tubes in magazine pages with decoupage medium, and clear varnish to make them hard, then they can hang their scraves etc thru the holes.  I will post picts if I can.  I also just started a blog so they may get there first.  God just gave me the idea last night as I was trying the fold the magazine pages to make the "garbage can from trash" that I have seen on this and other blogs,  I believe it was greenworks not very sure. I subscribe to so many blogs and I may use their idea, or it inspires me into a whole new direction.  Thank you all for sharing your ideas with us.  Lets see I am making dmil, greeting cards, I am making birthday cards, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, Christmas and some blank for any occasion. I may put in a couple of Anniversary cards but most people she knows are also widowed, so I will have to pray on that.  I have an old stationary box with lid that I will use to hold them and make index cards so to seperate them by category.  I am going to decorate the box with a bunch of old postage stamps I have and hope to find a stamp or die cuts of ink pen and well of ink. But I am really trying to use what I have on hand.  Dear hubby, is getting a mixed media art canvas that portrays his love of the idea of sailing off into the sunset. I have had a lot of fun testing out different techniques.  I also would like to learn to make ties so each of the men in my life would have a special tie. Youngest unmarried son, is going to get his quilt finally! I hope he will still like it. married son is getting a made by me sunglass case for his oakleys.  I have a couple of ideas on how to go about this , but please share if you have an idea. The only request from dil was that it be strong and sturdy so if he sits on it , won't break glasses.  That is what she is getting him for Christmas. DIL, whom I really love, is getting a wrap dress, jewelry to go with and possibly a leather purse if I can fit it in. It may end up being a purse with matching fabric to dress not sure yet.
Son's girlfriend, I am so blessed my boys have great taste in women!, I am going to make her a scrapbook for her to fill as she likes. She loves pictures , posing for them and taking them and uses them to tell a story. She may also get a mixed media canvas, smaller for her dorm room.  I hope to make a scarf for each person. 
Ok that is my list. Tell me what you think ok.  Thank you for sharing this time with me.
Blessings,
Deanna


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dshouppe on September 02, 2009 12:00:41 PM
oops, I forgot, I know I want to make the fleece coat that came across the feed wire from Craftster today!  It will be for one of the girls, or maybe one for mom. She gets cold. Hmmmmmmm and maybe just maybe one for me too.
Blessings,
Deanna


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 03, 2009 11:32:31 AM
Okay so I kept changing my mind on several people on my list so I signed up for the Holiday Helpers swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317692.0) where yes I will still be crafting but, sometimes it is easier to do it for someone you don't know then for someone you know and love so, I am extremely happy about that fact lol. So, now I am no going to be Crafting for one friend my hubby or my SIL. Which are really the hardest for me to do.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 03, 2009 01:41:48 PM
I'm in the Holiday Helpers Swap too! Maybe we'll end up crafting for each other's husband because I can't really craft for mine and keep it a secret. lol


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 03, 2009 02:18:33 PM
I'm in the Holiday Helpers Swap too! Maybe we'll end up crafting for each other's husband because I can't really craft for mine and keep it a secret. lol

that would rock! my hubby is so easy to craft for but, he has weird work hours because he is a Repo-man and so he is home most of the time so I can't hide anything from him unless he has to go out of town for a weekend which who knows when that will happen again lol.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on September 04, 2009 01:56:58 PM
Oh well I will have to look for that swap! :) Maybe I can get someone to craft for my FIL.  Wouldn't that be nice! 


And I LOVE that fleece jacket that came thru on craftster the other day!  How freaking cute!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Mabels Drawing Table on September 04, 2009 02:05:40 PM
As a rule I'm not a big gift giver, but I LOVE Christmas and Christmas presents so this is the only time I really go all out!  I make a small, time intensive presents and this year I wanted to make heirloom quality ornaments!  Christmas ornaments are a big thing in my family and I love unwrapping them from the box and reminiscing about all the memories before hanging it on the tree!  

My list:
Mom, Dad, Sister, Boyfriend, 2 Aunties, 1 Uncle, 3 Cousins, 4 Nerd Friends, 3 Girly Friends

OMG, I think I'm behind!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 04, 2009 03:27:33 PM
Oh well I will have to look for that swap! :) Maybe I can get someone to craft for my FIL.  Wouldn't that be nice! 


And I LOVE that fleece jacket that came thru on craftster the other day!  How freaking cute!

That would be awesome! When I first saw that post in the swaps I was like boo yah I don't have to craft for them anymore lol.

I changed my mind on a few of the gifts I am doing because I may be having surgery soon. It depends on what the doctor says on Sept 9th.

For all the kids I am doing Bathroom paint Sets. I wish I could say I got the idea from the wonderful lady who did the bathroom paint set for the dollar store challenge but alas I didn't. I got the idea from finding a recipe to make the paint while I was looking for ideas for my SIL who is homeschooling. I will find the link here in a minute to the site but, I got it from family fun's website. I was like dude I used to love my bath paint set my mom made me as a kid and it was so easy (I helped make my stamps). I am going to get cheap sponges and paint brushes and them make little mesh bags for them each one a different color since I have 3 boys in one house and a boy and girl in another.

Also everyone else is just getting an ornament which for my family and my hubby's are almost done. Which means all I will have to do are the crafts for the swap I joined which will make it a lot easier on me lol.

Then if I don't have the surgery or if they wait until after the holidays I can just make goodie baskets or plates for them to have.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: njcraftygal on September 06, 2009 07:08:31 AM

Decided with a late start last year to make everything snowmen. So this year have been digging through what I started last year and am determined to get all snowmen to craft fairs!  I make snowmen night lights in 3 sizes, tree ornaments, and other snowmen decorations as well. I plan to set up a tree with my homemade snowmen tree ornaments and using a paperchain (a thing from the past).  The only thing on the tree which will be store bought is the old fashion tree lights.  My snowmen lamps will be plugged in with different colored bulbs (of course I use the tree light bulbs for these).  I figure snowmen have no religious affiliation so therefore are the universal sale item.  :) All designs are my own.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: AlyssaKnits on September 06, 2009 10:03:02 AM
i pretty much completely changed my list a couple weeks ago, and am liking these things much more!
heres the new one:

Brother #1 (19 yrs old): quilt in a surf theme
Brother #2 & #3 (14 yrs old): Quilts in baseball theme
Mother: Flowery quilt
Father: Lighthouse/Ocean Quilt
Nan: Wall Hanging, teddy bear theme
Niece (will be 1 year old): fabric blocks, book, poppet, knitted hats. (yes, i love her most hahah)
Best friend is getting bought stuff from when i go to disneyworld.
I'm also making cards & cookies for my aunts/uncles and medical team.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Immaculata on September 07, 2009 12:51:47 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who starts thinking about Christmas in the middle of the summer. In fact, I usually do my Christmas cards in the summer, because I'm a student and our exams are right after Christmas. I don't really have time to craft in December... Although the courses have started again, I don't have much coursework until Oct so I try to finish up before then.

Where I live we don't make Christmas gifts for each other, but I always make cards for everyone. I don't send out a lot of cards, only to people I really care about, not to acquintances or something. I try to make a personalized card for everyone.

Also, this year by Christmas I might be living in my own apartment!! So I need to get crafting to decorate my home! It still feels so strange to think about it, but this Christmas I need to go decorating my own place...! And just in case this apartment thing won't work out before December, I'll need them next year.

So far I have 5 finished cards, and 2 are nearly finished. I'll also need ornaments for in my Christmas tree for when I move out. I want to do more crafts, but I want finish those before I take up anything else.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 07, 2009 01:27:36 PM
My husband has been LOL at me all week. I've gotten excited with each piece I've finished so far. :D

My plan has been altered a bit too.

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Husband - I'm making a remote control organizer to hang over the edge of his recliner. I might make it roomy enough so his game controllers will fit as well.

Both of my kids will get new hats in their stockings this year. I made my first crochet hat last week and they both went bananas over it. My son's will be his favorite shade of blue (needs some trim, dunno what yet) and my daughter's is going to be pink with white furry thread trim.

Son (almost 9) - I'm making him a set of the Mario figures. I made the Mushroom using the soda pop pin cushion pattern and he went bananas. I now have to decide which characters to make. I've already made the green mushroom, red 'shroom and a goomba. Maybe a Koopa, dunno... New addition! - with hopes my first arigarumi critter!

Daughter (almost 4) - dress up purse with matching hair pins, faire/princess dress

Mom - crocheted scarf and 3 pairs of earrings

Dad - a lap quilt and something else to be determined

My coworkers - (I'm the dept head at work.) - I'm making felt ornaments for them. Maybe some kind of quick edible goodie...chocolate bark is a serious possibility. Smiley

My kids' teachers - I'm thinking I'll use the rest of my preserves or apple butter for them, but that means I have to fix a double batch so that I'll have some for us. lol


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Tallyboo on September 07, 2009 02:29:12 PM
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.

Phew!

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!

Wheee!!!!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 07, 2009 03:53:23 PM
Tallyboo, how about a decoupaged recipe box covered in apples? I think it would go nicely with the tea towels and hot pads. :)

What kind of gamer is your brother's kid brother?  D&D, World of Warcraft, Magic, etc.  If I had a clue as to what kind, I might be able to give you some suggestions.

Have you seen the NFL Huddlers that they are hawking on HSN? Basically, they are Snuggies only made with NFL print fleece. If you had access to the fleece, those would go together super quick once you had a basic pattern and they are One Size Fits All.



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Tallyboo on September 07, 2009 05:00:38 PM
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


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: psyche on September 07, 2009 05:12:00 PM
Snuggies always make me snicker, because I think of when they "invented" them on Scrubs (maybe they really did!), except they called it the "Slanket" (sleeves + blanket!)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 07, 2009 06:11:42 PM
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.

Look at this Tally. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316449.0

It took about an hour to make one of these and my son (8) LOVES them. They are called soda pop pin cushions. I used the concept taken from a site on google (easy to find good tutes!) and just ran with it. I am making my DH a larger Goomba (approx 5" tall) to sit on the edge of his monitor with its little feet dangling over his screen. All you need is felt, soda pop tops and a bit of imagination. :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: fantasticmio on September 08, 2009 02:59:14 AM
What exactly do you mean by "soda pop top"?  I'm imagining all sorts of things, and none of them would seem to fit inside of those pin cushions. ^_-


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: xx_Kellybean on September 08, 2009 06:27:36 AM
by the looks of it, she's talking about the caps on the bottles of pop?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: psyche on September 08, 2009 09:12:07 AM
What exactly do you mean by "soda pop top"?  I'm imagining all sorts of things, and none of them would seem to fit inside of those pin cushions. ^_-

Yep, looks like what most of the internet is calling "bottlecap pincushions" - http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72057594099768007/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72057594099768007/) - and they're made with the plastic lids of pop bottles. I've made a few - takes a bit of work stitching, but they're easy and fun!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: fantasticmio on September 08, 2009 09:49:48 AM
ooooooh, I get it now! Thanks!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 08, 2009 02:06:49 PM
Thanks for clearing this up psyche!  I did forget to put the word "top" in my last post. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Mosko on September 08, 2009 06:30:50 PM
I'm so so excited I found this site!!! I have been so excited about Christmas since start of the summer :)
Have been driving my boyfriend stir crazy everytime I got opportunity to mention Christmas.
This year I have decided to make most of my gifts, I used to craft religiously when I was younger and dying to get back into it. I'm a graphic designer by trade and so now seem to be at a bit of a loss when I'm handed anything other than a graphics tablet nowadays, but hoping can help guide me through some thoughts :)
iv been Reading through this thread so far and have found some fantastic ideas... So far  my list of ideas is as follows:

my mum: is actually going to be a joint effort from my boyfriend and I (I knew my festive spirit had to rub off on him one day :D) he's a workshop technician in the royal air force and is using his skills and access to free aircraft grade metal :p to engrave a design I come up with onto a plaque of ridiculously shiny brass which I'm going to fill in with some weird black filler (il try get the name for you :) ) the design will have to be line drawing and so far thinking maybe an animal as she Loves animals!
Any ideas for a design though are appreciated :)

for my family, they are sentimental and appreciate effort... But are still not interested in an awful lot... I was hoping to do a whole 'in a basket' theme but they seem impossible.
My aunt and uncle are difficult particularly.
One day they are vegan, next vegetarian, next time I see them they eat fish and sometimes meat so to be on safe side food isn't an option. My uncle is very much into music, he was/is lead singer in blues band blues n trouble and while that seems a nice wide interest.... Owns EVERYTHING could imagine...
My aunt seems to have no specific interests either!
Is there any mice simple in a basket kind of ideas I could do that isn't very personality specific????

My other dilema, is my boyfriends family, they are all over in new Zealand and we're in the uk. I Really want to send them something other than just a card.. But easy to send via post. I don't know them well and plan on sending something to his parents and grandmother so needing something simple but seemingly thoughtful :/ or maybe that a nit over ambitious? Just something... Anything! Just so know thinking about them :)


Well beyond my plee for help on gifts... I do know some things j am making :D for the house!!!! We have just moved into our first house together and I'm going to decorate EVERYTHING!!!! X)
we have a working log fire so of course.... Stockings have to be a must!!!
I'm currently working on a solution to a tree making one Soley out of baubles!! Aiming for a modernish not to tacky look... I'm hoping.
The house also has a converted loft... That we have absolutely no use for yet... I'm dying to go overboard and make it into some sort of grotto haha ... but think that may be pushing the unfestive sod a bit to far for one year... Maybe next :)

xx
 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 09, 2009 02:18:35 AM
Your mum's gift sounds like it should be interesting.

For your aunt and uncle, you could go vegan/vegetarian on them. Do a basket of various types of home made pickles and relishes. The ones that come to my mind would be firecrackers (pickled baby carrots with jalapenos...not to hot, but oh so yummy!) and cranberry chutney to be eaten with cheese. These are easy to make and quickly satisfy your crafty side as you can make a batch of firecrackers in less than an hour. :)  A bit of poking around on the Net would give you 3-4 different recipes to try.  If you had extras, you could use those in other gift baskets. :)


For shipping over to NZealand, have you ever made felt ornaments? They are very lightweight and soft so a rough ride across the water wouldn't hurt them at all. They are my gift of choice when mailing long distances.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 10, 2009 01:35:57 AM
Hmm.... I just sent a package to Australia from the US and it got held up in customs over a freaking candle so, I recommend making sure of what is allowed into the country before doing anything else. Like you can't send homemade bake goods over seas did not know that until I read up on what customs did and didn't allow. Also they will destroy a package if something is in it that isn't supposed to be or at least that was Australia's take on it.

I say make some generic little Christmas decor type stuff. For my husbands family all I know is that they like Hawaii and Baseball so, I make them ornaments every year that have something to do with that. In a pinch I make snow related ornaments because Snow=Christmas right lol. It doesn't matter that Christmas in California can be 80 degrees sometimes lol.

For your Aunt and Uncle who seem to like the blues you could do ornaments for the tree that have a blues theme to them. Or you could make some beaded snowflake ornaments there are loads of directions online for them. You could also do an ornament that has a picture of them on it on like a microphone or something and then you could do like herbal teas that are supposed to help the voice or whatever. Maybe a nice soap basket with musical type stuff or just generic snowmen and santa and bells and what not. I would just see if everything was Vegan friendly so that if they are vegans that week it will be okay lol. That is what I do with my friends who change there mind on what they are I go with the most extreme thing and stick to that cause if they are vegan then i didn't make them mad and if they aren't then no harm no foul you know.

My mom did this really cool basket idea for her work one year which I will share with you.

She found this little bear in a canoe Christmas ornament and she built the basket around that.  she put in brown tissue paper and then wrapped up these chocolates that looked like rocks in blue cellophane and made it look like a river was going down the middle of the basket Then she bought some land o lakes hot cocoa and made a dream catcher and then put more of the little rock chocolates all around the river and basket then she placed the little canoe on the river and wrapped the whole thing in cellophane. I think there were some more candies and there were two brown coffee mugs with a mountain scene on them. People loved it at her gift exchange so much that they were actually fighting over it. She used to do one every year with a theme that one was just my favorite.       


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Harvey on September 10, 2009 04:22:12 AM
Quarantine rules for Australia and New Zealand are pretty tight, I think Australia even more than New Zealand. We have managed to avoid alot of common plant and animal diseases that are common in other parts of the world and the authorities work hard to keep it that way. Was the candle a bees wax one? We are being srict about stuff relating to bees because we haven't had any of the prob the US and Europe have had with their bees.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 10, 2009 05:04:46 AM
Quarantine rules for Australia and New Zealand are pretty tight, I think Australia even more than New Zealand. We have managed to avoid alot of common plant and animal diseases that are common in other parts of the world and the authorities work hard to keep it that way. Was the candle a bees wax one? We are being srict about stuff relating to bees because we haven't had any of the prob the US and Europe have had with their bees.

Nope They held it a day in Australia so they could test it I guess cause my friend got it in her package it just had a hole drilled down it. Only thing she and I could figure was they thought I was smuggling drugs to her via Mexican religious candles lol. Also on the HUGE pdf on the postal site it says nothing about not allowing candles or bees wax. It does say any plant life will be destroyed also used bedding which made me wonder why someone would send used bedding and how would you know it was used.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: fantasticmio on September 10, 2009 05:29:05 AM
It does say any plant life will be destroyed also used bedding which made me wonder why someone would send used bedding and how would you know it was used.

"Dear cousin Bindi,

How is the weather down there?

This past week we went out and bought a new bedroom suite.   One of our neighbours had a use for the old furniture, but then we were left with this old mattress.  Mom said that Aunt Vaeda said that you told her you had fallen on hard times so I thought I'd mail you the mattress so you'd have something soft to sleep on. 

I hope you are well,
mio

P.S. just ignore that large stain in the middle.  I don't remember how it got there, but I'm sure it's nothing."


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Ashling on September 10, 2009 09:21:35 AM
It does say any plant life will be destroyed also used bedding which made me wonder why someone would send used bedding and how would you know it was used.

"Dear cousin Bindi,

How is the weather down there?

This past week we went out and bought a new bedroom suite.   One of our neighbours had a use for the old furniture, but then we were left with this old mattress.  Mom said that Aunt Vaeda said that you told her you had fallen on hard times so I thought I'd mail you the mattress so you'd have something soft to sleep on. 

I hope you are well,
mio

P.S. just ignore that large stain in the middle.  I don't remember how it got there, but I'm sure it's nothing."
LOL!  Though I'd think for the cost of shipping something that big to Australia, you could just send the money for a new one!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 10, 2009 10:45:56 AM
It does say any plant life will be destroyed also used bedding which made me wonder why someone would send used bedding and how would you know it was used.

"Dear cousin Bindi,

How is the weather down there?

This past week we went out and bought a new bedroom suite.   One of our neighbours had a use for the old furniture, but then we were left with this old mattress.  Mom said that Aunt Vaeda said that you told her you had fallen on hard times so I thought I'd mail you the mattress so you'd have something soft to sleep on. 

I hope you are well,
mio

P.S. just ignore that large stain in the middle.  I don't remember how it got there, but I'm sure it's nothing."

Dude if they have that kind of money they can come live with me. It cost me over 50 us dollars to send a 4 pound package. Also just because there is a stain doesn't mean it is used they don't read your letters I had coke spilled all over my package I got in the mail from my mom a few weeks ago it happened in transit. Did they do anything about that no they just gave me a sticky package and said whoops.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: orkibe3 on September 12, 2009 08:49:47 PM
I started making all of my stuff way too early this year... lol

I am making albums, decor and gifts in a jar...for the close but distant family... immediate family will have store bought and home made stuff...


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on September 13, 2009 03:07:28 PM
Oh good i'm glad i am not the only one! I started my list a long time ago!
Parents
Calendar- I am painting or drawing each months picture.

Sister-
I make an advent calendar for her. One small gift a day until christmas day where she will get one big gift. I also give her the option of skipping the advent part and just opening 25 gifts on christmas day. If anyone has any idea for small gifts that could be used for an advent calendar they are greatly appreciated.  ;D
For her big gift I am making her sets of painted canvas' for her wall. Either a set of three or a set of nine 9in a pop art style)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 13, 2009 05:20:55 PM

Sister-
I make an advent calendar for her. One small gift a day until christmas day where she will get one big gift. I also give her the option of skipping the advent part and just opening 25 gifts on christmas day. If anyone has any idea for small gifts that could be used for an advent calendar they are greatly appreciated.  ;D
For her big gift I am making her sets of painted canvas' for her wall. Either a set of three or a set of nine 9in a pop art style)

I've always wanted to make an advent calendar, but I'm not sure how you'd do one when you have two kids. Double the goodies each day? Take turns? Dunno...

Some ideas could be.....candies of course, small jewelry like earrings or bracelets, miniature tree ornaments, Hmmmm.....Oooo, how about a make your own necklace with each day containing a different bead. She (or you) could string the beads to complete the necklace on Christmas day.

I bet the calendar for your parents will turn out lovely!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on September 13, 2009 06:14:01 PM

Sister-
I make an advent calendar for her. One small gift a day until christmas day where she will get one big gift. I also give her the option of skipping the advent part and just opening 25 gifts on christmas day. If anyone has any idea for small gifts that could be used for an advent calendar they are greatly appreciated.  ;D
For her big gift I am making her sets of painted canvas' for her wall. Either a set of three or a set of nine 9in a pop art style)

I've always wanted to make an advent calendar, but I'm not sure how you'd do one when you have two kids. Double the goodies each day? Take turns? Dunno...

Some ideas could be.....candies of course, small jewelry like earrings or bracelets, miniature tree ornaments, Hmmmm.....Oooo, how about a make your own necklace with each day containing a different bead. She (or you) could string the beads to complete the necklace on Christmas day.

I bet the calendar for your parents will turn out lovely!

I saw a lady on here who just made the gifts things both kids would like. Like puzzles to do together. Coloring books. Candies. And you could also included things like activities instead of gifts for each day. just write them on paper, roll the paper and tie with string so they get to "open the activity each day" Like make ornaments for the christmas tree. Watch Christmas movies. Make gifts for friends or grandparents. Baking Christmas cookies (You could include some new cookie cutters to go with this activity as a gift) ect. so each day doesn't have to be a gift. If you have a day where the gift isn't as big or as "fun" as the others (what gift isn't fun when your a kid  ;) ) You could make a treasure hunt to find that day's gift to make it fun  :)
You could do some days an activity, some days they get one separate, and some together. just so each day is new.
Here the advent calendar i saw https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280062.0
Hope this helped you out.
And thanks for the ideas for me!!  :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: fantasticmio on September 14, 2009 09:37:40 AM
My mom was telling me yesterday that my 8-year-old niece (the one into cake decorating) said to her, while they were at Disney World, how much she really loved the handmade gifts I make her every year.

!

I was going to just get her some fancy cake decorating supplies this year, but I guess now I'm going to have to make her something too! (Not a problem, because it turns out that, somehow, I've managed to amass an impressive amount of yellow yarn, and she just loves yellow!)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: marcusandila on September 14, 2009 08:48:29 PM

Sister-
I make an advent calendar for her. One small gift a day until christmas day where she will get one big gift. I also give her the option of skipping the advent part and just opening 25 gifts on christmas day. If anyone has any idea for small gifts that could be used for an advent calendar they are greatly appreciated.  ;D
For her big gift I am making her sets of painted canvas' for her wall. Either a set of three or a set of nine 9in a pop art style)

I've always wanted to make an advent calendar, but I'm not sure how you'd do one when you have two kids. Double the goodies each day? Take turns? Dunno...

Some ideas could be.....candies of course, small jewelry like earrings or bracelets, miniature tree ornaments, Hmmmm.....Oooo, how about a make your own necklace with each day containing a different bead. She (or you) could string the beads to complete the necklace on Christmas day.

I bet the calendar for your parents will turn out lovely!

well here is an easy advent calender you could make with 2 kids around. hey they could even help! it's not from scratch but it works. for the price, you could even give them as gifts; which I think i may do for this year or next year for extended family & keep one for myself LOL

http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=48/5504&prodCatId=388818&mode=Browsing&erec=417&Ne=90000&sp=true&Ntk=all&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&N=388818&tabId=2&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sd=Color+Your+Own%21+Canvas+Christmas+Calendar


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: nicolatte on September 16, 2009 02:14:48 PM
 Oooh, I love the advent calender idea too! Except, I don't have kids, I have a 21 year old boyfriend. :P The boyfriend is REALLY hard to think of gifts for actually, my list so farrrr:

- HIM t-shirt, most likely ordering from Ebay (his favorite band)
- I really wanna stencil the heartagram (the HIM symbol from the band, looks pretty cool) onto some glasses, but I'm still deciding, because I've never really stenciled stuff onto glass before.. :-[
- Doing an embroidery of a heartagram, gold thread on black fabric, it's gonna look awesome.
- I think it would be cool to stencil out or even cut out letters onto a canvas that says 'Shit happens', because it's his little 'saying' (he says it alll the time to everything, including when I ask him why he didn't do dishes >:(), and actually has it tattooed on his lower back.

And that's about it. It's hard, because he's not even used to getting presents, at all. Especially hand-made stuff; on Valentines I made him a card, and he said it was the first hand made card he had ever gotten.. that made me sad! Every holiday he usually never gets anything from anyone, and ME, I'm like the queen of spoiling in my family, so I LOVE giving and making gifts. I love him and all, but he doesn't have alot of interests, doesn't like much so it's hard to think of stuff to make, cause he only loves pretty much 2 things, his favorite band HIM, and well... stuff I can't even mention on here. :-[ :-\

 SO any suggestions on what you made your hard-to-make-for loved one, lemme hear it. ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: AlyssaKnits on September 16, 2009 03:43:34 PM
make him food!
cookies are good.
my brothers always love cookies/cupcakes.  :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: marcusandila on September 17, 2009 06:30:40 AM
Oooh, I love the advent calender idea too! Except, I don't have kids, I have a 21 year old boyfriend. :P The boyfriend is REALLY hard to think of gifts for actually, my list so farrrr:

- HIM t-shirt, most likely ordering from Ebay (his favorite band)
- I really wanna stencil the heartagram (the HIM symbol from the band, looks pretty cool) onto some glasses, but I'm still deciding, because I've never really stenciled stuff onto glass before.. :-[
- Doing an embroidery of a heartagram, gold thread on black fabric, it's gonna look awesome.
- I think it would be cool to stencil out or even cut out letters onto a canvas that says 'Shit happens', because it's his little 'saying' (he says it alll the time to everything, including when I ask him why he didn't do dishes >:(), and actually has it tattooed on his lower back.

And that's about it. It's hard, because he's not even used to getting presents, at all. Especially hand-made stuff; on Valentines I made him a card, and he said it was the first hand made card he had ever gotten.. that made me sad! Every holiday he usually never gets anything from anyone, and ME, I'm like the queen of spoiling in my family, so I LOVE giving and making gifts. I love him and all, but he doesn't have alot of interests, doesn't like much so it's hard to think of stuff to make, cause he only loves pretty much 2 things, his favorite band HIM, and well... stuff I can't even mention on here. :-[ :-\

 SO any suggestions on what you made your hard-to-make-for loved one, lemme hear it. ;)

glass etching is an easy craft to do. there are 2 methods that I know of. Cutting out the design on contact paper/masking tape or fabric paint. I recommend the fabric paint method. You just print out your design & tape it inside the cup. Then, you take fabric paint and trace out the parts that you DO NOT WANT ETCHED onto the glass. Let dry. put masking tape around the rest of the glass to avoid etching parts that should not be etched. put the etching cream on there -- make sure you leave it on there for a good while & use alot of etching cream! Then, rinse it off. The fabric paint will come off & your design will be left etched into the glass. Also, be sure that you use RUBBER gloves to protect your skin. Etching cream WILL burn you.

You could totally stencil your own shirt....  Here are a VERY useful & informative "tutorials". My suggestion, use freezer paper. Comes out so professional. :)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44928.0

If you are talking about stoner related stuff with the "cant be mentioned here" stuff he likes:
-stash book-box. You can either make one out of an old book OR you can buy a book-box at craftstores-michaels has them & paint it to his liking.
-Make bags to store pipes in
-sex stuff usually goes over well with guys...maybe a lingerie set for you to wear later ;)
-naughty coupons are also usually a hit
-make him pillowcases :)

also, check out the generic boyfriend thread too there is a plethora of ideas:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=47986.0


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: marcusandila on September 17, 2009 07:05:40 AM
Here's a link to what I'm making for 2009- it's really long. i posted it on its own thread so i could find it easier...

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321450.0


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SuzannahAshley on September 17, 2009 10:05:29 AM
I usually try to do these massive treat baskets filled with cookies, fudge, and all sorts of things. They never get completed though because I'm try to make them have so much in them, and plan them for lots of people. With food, it all has to be done very soon before the day of giving. Its just too much to get all done in 1 week for me. I'll still have some cookies to give away too, just not 3 dozen per person. :P

So this year, I'm making non-food items. I'm hoping to get it all accomplished since I can work on them from now until Xmas.  I plan on making retro/mod style aprons, custom recipe boxes, custom recipe cards, some plushies, and lots of ornaments.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Kwigly on September 17, 2009 11:20:13 AM
Hi!
This is my first post :) I'm very poor this year (lol) so I was looking for homemade things to do, and came across Craftster. I have never crafted or sewed or made anything before, so I have alot to learn lol You all will have to excuse my many stupid questions in the future lol :D

This thread has helped me alot with ideas! Here is my list:

My Dad: He is a history buff, especially American Civil War, so he was a toughie. I decided I'm going to paint our Family Coat of Arms on a wall plaque for him :)

My Mom: My mom can sew, so she will be helping me ALOT on this list LOL :D I've decided I'm going to make her a new tree skirt, since she had been complaining the past couple years how ours is looking old

My Aunt #1: You know those mailbox wraps? For decorating your mailbox? I was thinking maybe I could make my own out of some vinyl fabric or something (ideas?) and magnetic strips. If not, I really like that family tree idea!

Uncle #1: I was thinking of making a travel organizer? Like taking this jewelry roll idea:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_make_a_Jewellery_Roll/
And adding a hook somehow so he can hang it up. He’s a truck driver, he travels alot

My brother: the pilot, I saw this really cute mobile at Anthropologie (a store) that was made out of paper planes, and the paper planes were made out of maps, I'm going to try to copy that :)

Little Cousin #1: 12 years old, She really liked this shirt I was wearing one day, I got it from American Eagle, it has an "E" on the front (my initial hehe) so I'm going to make her one with her initial "L" on it :)

Aunt # 2: A necklace - I've already picked out the beads :)

Cousin #2: 20 years old, I was thinking of making her a pillow like this: http://www.harrietcarter.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/categoryID/F4B162DE-5F75-473B-A1DA-FE106DAB92D3/productID/228DB6A3-6F12-4E39-92BC-759574AB2944
so any tips on how to make that are greatly appreciated hehe :)

Friend #1: That Harry Potter snitch ornament I found on here… soooo cute! :D

Uncle #2: Completely at a loss. He’s really outdoorsy, loves to go to his cabin and hunt (booo!) and fish. Some coasters for his cabin maybe?? Like he cares about coasters though LOL

Aunt and Uncle #3: Remote control organizer from here! Awesome thank you thank you! :)

Little Cousin #3: 19 years old, studying abroad in Germany this year, so I thought I would make her a tote, maybe Texas-themed? She might think that’s corny though haha, so just a pretty tote…

Friend #2: Decorate a picture frame

My Neighbor lady: String of tin can lights
http://www.ehow.com/how_3431_make-tin-can.html

Little Cousins: I’m putting them all together, cuz there’s a lot of them lol I like that glove stuffed animal idea (I think I saw it on here? Haha I have to start bookmarking stuff), and doll clothes for American Doll (found some free patterns! Whoo-hoo!), and I like this:
http://www.purlbee.com/fabric-beach-balls/
Bath paints, You know, just little toys stuff, cuz they are young, so they are easy hehe :)

Cousin: That super-awesome styrofoam advent calendar! It’s perfect because his birthday is December 2nd, so I can give it to him then, and then he can open the doors every day to find some candy :D

Neighbor lady #2: suet ball bird feeder

Cousins: (husband and wife) a wreath that has both Christmas and Chanukah motifs, cuz he is Jewish and she is Christian :)

Other friends: Ok, I have two couples to make for, and I decided on that altering a puzzle thing. Then I thought I would frame it. I thought I would print out tiny pictures of their weddings, kids, etc and each puzzle piece would be a picture. But, then I was watching this video on craftster (down at the bottom) on decoupaging a picture frame, and she said when decoupaging, not to use inkjet paper. What does that mean??? And why not???

Friends: And last but not least, I have a friend that just got married and bought a house, so I would like to give them something for their house. I don’t know her all that well, and I know him less, but their apartment was pretty traditional, you know, nicely-decorated… not really a theme though… They are both from Guatemala…  Any ideas??


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 17, 2009 02:19:46 PM
My goodness Kwigly! You have quite a long list.  :o

Welcome to Craftster and the addiction that it brings. :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Kwigly on September 17, 2009 07:05:18 PM
haha yeah!... I'm so excited :D

Thank you very much!

I have already spent most of the day on here! lol After looking at the Dollar Store Challenge thread, I went over to Dollar Tree to see what I could find, and I got an idea for my Guatemalan friends!  Working on it now...just taking a break while the paint dries hehe!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Tallyboo on September 17, 2009 08:31:39 PM
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.

Hope everyone is working like busy little elves!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: marcusandila on September 18, 2009 05:05:11 AM
Hope everyone is working like busy little elves!

this monday coming up:
 
I will be finishing all etched glasses sets. 3.00 for a set of 4 is a cheap gift if you ask me; especially for the hard-to-buy for men!! I will knock like 6 people off of my list + a set for marcus. 7 sets of glasses for only 21 dollars [I already have etching cream lol]. not bad. Plus I will help my cousin knock off her etched glasses [4 glasses total], body mirror for her niece etched with her name, a stenciled shirt for her bf, and sports themed flower pot(s) for her bf. & I will finish all of the backpacks on my list [4 of them] Super excited.



on another note. that family tree [couples geneology tree].I have that. When I looked at the picture, I'm like I paid more for it & didnt even get "picture frames" how lame. lol BUT, I didn't really PAY for it so its ok. Marcus used his points from his hotel-stays with work to get it for me. I COULD have made it, but I just loved it too much & didnt want to mess it up. Funny thing, I got it like last year or the year before & have not even put one single leaf on the tree or anything. its still in the box. :( Actually, it is mainly because we dont talk to his family too much. only see them at christmas....so I personally do not know that hardly at all & feel weird calling his mom about family tree stuff. & he wont, so the tree sits in the box. :(


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 18, 2009 01:28:19 PM
just finished!


Husband - I'm making a remote control organizer to hang over the edge of his recliner. I might make it roomy enough so his game controllers will fit as well.

Both of my kids will get new hats in their stockings this year. I made my first crochet hat last week and they both went bananas over it. My son's will be his favorite shade of blue (needs some trim, dunno what yet) and my daughter's is going to be pink with white furry thread trim.

Son (almost 9) - I'm making him a set of the Mario figures. I made the Mushroom using the soda pop pin cushion pattern and he went bananas. I now have to decide which characters to make. I've already made the green mushroom, red 'shroom and a goomba. Maybe a Koopa, dunno... New addition! - with hopes my first arigarumi critter!

Daughter (almost 4) - dress up purse with matching hair pins, faire/princess dress

Mom - crocheted scarf and 3 pairs of earrings

Dad - a lap quilt and something else to be determined

My coworkers - (I'm the dept head at work.) - I'm making felt ornaments for them. Maybe some kind of quick edible goodie...chocolate bark is a serious possibility. Smiley

My kids' teachers - I'm thinking I'll use the rest of my preserves or apple butter for them, but that means I have to fix a double batch so that I'll have some for us. lol


This weekend I will be headed to the fabric store for the fabric for dad's lap quilt and my daughter's fairie/princess dress and making preserves. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Kwigly on September 18, 2009 02:52:33 PM
For those making dress up clothes for little girls, Dollar Tree has really cute Fairy Wings right now you could put in with the clothes :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 18, 2009 03:40:07 PM
I'm thinking about going to the Dollar Store to get some goodies for my daughter's dress up box. Wands, shoes, jewelry and the like. *grin*


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Willowe on September 19, 2009 04:36:00 PM
My list isn't too bad this year but at least I have ideas for most everyone. ;)

Older sister- I'm going to dye and spin some funky yarn for her, since she loves to knit
Younger sister- Either a crocheted monster purse or a poppet, depending on whether I can figure out my mom's sewing machine before Christmas :P
Mom- She wants a mesh bag to hang her vegetables in, but I might make her a journal too. Not quite sure yet.
Dad- Probably going to stencil him a tie
Grandparents- A crocheted lap blanket
Nana- A stenciled tote bag
Papa- Crocheted socks
Aunt- Either yarn, since she bought me my first drop spindle, or a reusable shopping bag
Friend #1- Bookmarks and a giftcard probably
Friend #2- A cat-ear hat and a felt monster. For her birthday, which is early November, I'm thinking of making her a poppet.
Friend #3- This is the only one I'm really stumped on. We recently broke up but since we're still good friends I want to make him something. He's a gamer, loves WoW, is really into computer stuff- any ideas? ???


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: marcusandila on September 20, 2009 06:50:23 AM
Friend #3- This is the only one I'm really stumped on. We recently broke up but since we're still good friends I want to make him something. He's a gamer, loves WoW, is really into computer stuff- any ideas? ???

stencil him either a horde symbol or the alliance emblem on a shirt using the freezer paper method [link to tut mentioned before in case you dont know how yet]. Or if he drinks-etch him some shotglasses. or you could crochet him a hat with the horde or alliance symbol on it [if you can], if he likes to write-a journal. Or you could always make him one of the ornaments that has a bunch of computer parts stuck on it--its in the "I NEED KNEW IDEAS for christmas ornaments thread. Make him a giant pillow or beanbag for his gaming. umm...yeah thats all i got right now. lol hope that helped


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Willowe on September 20, 2009 10:38:14 AM
Friend #3- This is the only one I'm really stumped on. We recently broke up but since we're still good friends I want to make him something. He's a gamer, loves WoW, is really into computer stuff- any ideas? ???

stencil him either a horde symbol or the alliance emblem on a shirt using the freezer paper method [link to tut mentioned before in case you dont know how yet]. Or if he drinks-etch him some shotglasses. or you could crochet him a hat with the horde or alliance symbol on it [if you can], if he likes to write-a journal. Or you could always make him one of the ornaments that has a bunch of computer parts stuck on it--its in the "I NEED KNEW IDEAS for christmas ornaments thread. Make him a giant pillow or beanbag for his gaming. umm...yeah thats all i got right now. lol hope that helped

Thanks you so much for the ideas!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Immaculata on September 20, 2009 10:43:32 AM
Friend #3- This is the only one I'm really stumped on. We recently broke up but since we're still good friends I want to make him something. He's a gamer, loves WoW, is really into computer stuff- any ideas? ???

Game stuff also works really well in cross stitch. Cross stitch is also really easy, even if you've never done it before. There are tons of gaming related x stitch pieces on the Needlework board.



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Puppy_girl on September 20, 2009 10:47:54 AM
right now i'm only planning on making 2 christmas presents:
1.)spin some yarn for my aunt
2.)make this: http://andrayascrochet.blogspot.com/2009/06/seamless-hooded-scarf-pattern.html for my mom.  she walks the dog in the morning so i think she'll like it for those cold winter mornings.  plus it saves her a step while getting ready, which the dog will like.   :D

i was thinking of making some little ornaments to send out with my christmas cards this year, but i'm not sure i'll have time.  we'll have to see how it goes.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 20, 2009 12:17:39 PM
Game stuff also works really well in cross stitch. Cross stitch is also really easy, even if you've never done it before. There are tons of gaming related x stitch pieces on the Needlework board.


Immaculata suggested what I would have...gamers stuff a la cross stitch. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: mellybelly81 on September 21, 2009 05:38:33 AM
Those ideas for WoW are great! I have thought about doing something for my hubby, but since I don't play I have no idea about it. And since I love cross stitch I might look into cross stitching the Alliance emblem on a shirt or something. I'm pretty sure I know that much, that he's part of the alliance!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 21, 2009 07:05:20 AM
just finished!


Husband - I'm making a remote control organizer to hang over the edge of his recliner. I might make it roomy enough so his game controllers will fit as well.

Both of my kids will get new hats in their stockings this year. I made my first crochet hat last week and they both went bananas over it. My son's will be his favorite shade of blue (needs some trim, dunno what yet) and my daughter's is going to be pink with white furry thread trim.

Son (almost 9) - I'm making him a set of the Mario figures. I made the Mushroom using the soda pop pin cushion pattern and he went bananas. I now have to decide which characters to make. I've already made the green mushroom, red 'shroom and a goomba. Maybe a Koopa, dunno... New addition! - with hopes my first arigarumi critter!

Daughter (almost 4) - dress up purse with matching hair pins, faire/princess dress I bought extra dress up goodies for her at the Dollar Tree yesterday! Wings, a couple pairs of shoes and a tiara. :)

Mom - crocheted scarf and 3 pairs of earrings

Dad - a lap quilt and something else to be determined

My coworkers - (I'm the dept head at work.) - I'm making felt ornaments for them. Maybe some kind of quick edible goodie...chocolate bark is a serious possibility. Smiley

My kids' teachers - I'm thinking I'll use the rest of my preserves or apple butter for them, but that means I have to fix a double batch so that I'll have some for us. Preserves and apple butter are done!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: marcusandila on September 22, 2009 08:34:50 AM
Friend #3- This is the only one I'm really stumped on. We recently broke up but since we're still good friends I want to make him something. He's a gamer, loves WoW, is really into computer stuff- any ideas? ???

Game stuff also works really well in cross stitch. Cross stitch is also really easy, even if you've never done it before. There are tons of gaming related x stitch pieces on the Needlework board.



yeah, i didnt think of that because I dont x-stitch or embroider. lol but i've seen some awesome gamer embroideries/cross-stitches as well.

Those ideas for WoW are great! I have thought about doing something for my hubby, but since I don't play I have no idea about it. And since I love cross stitch I might look into cross stitching the Alliance emblem on a shirt or something. I'm pretty sure I know that much, that he's part of the alliance!

I don't play either. I just happen to have quite a few of past swap-partners who are WoW players. I never even heard of WoW until craftster! lol


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MsMia on September 23, 2009 04:47:57 AM
This Christmas, for me, it will be a combination of reuse/recycle and crafting.

Boyfriend

My kiddos - fleece blankets for both, tutu for daughter, bleach pen tees for both, learn to read books from thrift stores,

My parents - buying garden pavers from garden store, will have kids paint on them, seal them to make stepping stones for parents gardens; downloaded Photo Story to make dvds for them

My female friends and family - Rapunzal scarves, second hand cookbooks, jewelry, jewelry holders from second hand finds; prayer journals

My male friends and family - live fish in personalized etched containers, bleached tees

Other people's kiddos - bleached tees, second hand books, personalized book marks, tutus, personalized binders (second hand) covered in fabric, ribbon, yarn, etc;

Teachers - cookie sheet magnetic boards (I plan to use used/second hand cookie sheets from thrift)
http://cuts4scrapbooking.blogspot.com/2009/08/altered-cookie-sheet-magnet-board.html

and diy dry erase boards
http://makeitandloveit.blogspot.com/2009/03/picture-frame-dry-erase-board.html


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 23, 2009 07:14:08 AM
MsMia, I love that cookie sheet magnet board idea! As a teacher, I would love that hanging in my classroom. :D

Bookmarked for future reference!

What is a Rapunzel scarf?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cupcakemama06 on September 23, 2009 10:25:39 AM
crafting women and WoW playing men must go together. Hubby plays too. I'm planning on making him a messenger bag and then getting one of the pre-made Hoard patches to put on it. That way it's related to the game but not so blatantly that he looks stupid carrying it to work or church since he is 31.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Tallyboo on September 23, 2009 10:35:55 AM
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!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MsMia on September 23, 2009 04:02:38 PM
MsMia, I love that cookie sheet magnet board idea! As a teacher, I would love that hanging in my classroom. :D

Bookmarked for future reference!

What is a Rapunzel scarf?

Rapunzel scarf

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72581.0


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 23, 2009 04:35:05 PM
Oh, wow, thanks MsMia! Those scarves would be quick and easy to make. :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: jayamaree on September 23, 2009 09:08:45 PM
1. Mom - wants a felted bag but I'm super nervous about it. She's a purse whore (omg I just called my mom a whore!) and I'm afraid that she'll feel like she *has* to use it cause I made it even though she may not like it as much as she thinks she's going to. Ugh. She likes bags with lots of pockets, a top zipper, and ONE strap. Any ideas on where I can find a pattern for something like that?

2. Dad - no freaking clue at all. He likes being outside, carving, fly fishing, and reading. He's hard to buy and craft for.

3. Hubs - he is also a gamer (playing WOW right now, you all are so right crafty girls do go for gamers). He is a comp-u-nerd and works at a university. I would love to make him something or other but again, no idea. Maybe some sort of something to hang on the wall? He doesn't like a lot of clutter around his desk (he needs all the room for his assortment of monitors). He's also in grad school and works full time.

4. I'm also in the process of knitting stockings for my immediate family (the kids, hubs, and myself) so that's my big focus for xmas this year. I'm currently working on the 3rd stocking out of the 5 I need to make.

5. I would LOVE to make a little something for each of my children for xmas, though I craft for them all year long and it's hard for me to find time to work on things when they aren't around so they always know what I'm making at any given moment. The kids are nearly 8, 4, and 1 year old.

I'm going to be following this thread, thanks for allowing me to vent lol!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 24, 2009 03:21:39 AM
Hi jayamaree!

Here are some suggestions...

For your dad, you could do a carving tool roll. Here's a link http://thecarvingbench.tripod.com/patterns/toolroll.htm

For hubby, is he a coffee drinker? You could do him a set of WoW decoupage coffee cups if you aren't into making something for the wall. (My DH sounds a lot like yours only mine isn't in school.)

For the kids, give sock/glove critters a try. I've made my daughter (3) a ballerina mousey out of a pair of brown stretch gloves (found at Dollar Tree!), some stuffing and a pair of buttons for eyes. I used some fabric remnants to make her tutu and leotard. I'm pairing the mousey with a couple of Angelina Ballerina books. I also found some odd green gloves (gotta love Halloween!) that I'm going to turn in to an alien for my son who is 8.

I hope those help! (Sorry, I know nothing about purses or bags to help you with mom. :/ )


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: ragdollpirate on September 24, 2009 03:36:35 AM
1. Mom - wants a felted bag but I'm super nervous about it. She's a purse whore (omg I just called my mom a whore!) and I'm afraid that she'll feel like she *has* to use it cause I made it even though she may not like it as much as she thinks she's going to. Ugh. She likes bags with lots of pockets, a top zipper, and ONE strap. Any ideas on where I can find a pattern for something like that?

Um... you could go here it is free to sign up but I did a search for you already for felted bags and i clicked for free patterns there are more if you don't mind paying for a pattern.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search?query=felted#r=&category=bag&query=felted&sort=best&view=thumblist&apply=1&add_multi=0&add_id=25&add_0=yes&history=1


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Onyxnox on September 24, 2009 05:04:59 AM
1. Mom - wants a felted bag but I'm super nervous about it. She's a purse whore (omg I just called my mom a whore!) and I'm afraid that she'll feel like she *has* to use it cause I made it even though she may not like it as much as she thinks she's going to. Ugh. She likes bags with lots of pockets, a top zipper, and ONE strap. Any ideas on where I can find a pattern for something like that?

2. Dad - no freaking clue at all. He likes being outside, carving, fly fishing, and reading. He's hard to buy and craft for.


I just finished my third felted/fulled purse, and third time is the charm.  I learned that if the tension is nice and loose when you first knit it, it felts better, and the end product has a thicker, softer, more felted fabric.  The tighter tension I used with my first two bags did not allow for much felting. 

I made a bag that was sort of like this one:
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/bags/redhat1-felt.html (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/bags/redhat1-felt.html)

with some changes, and I really like how it turned out.

Here are some more patterns you may like:
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/Felted_Bags.html (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/Felted_Bags.html)

For your dad - what about making him some lures.  OR making him a kit to tie his own lures?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on September 26, 2009 05:53:38 PM
just finished


Husband - I'm making a remote control organizer to hang over the edge of his recliner. I might make it roomy enough so his game controllers will fit as well. I'm getting some secret Santa help via Holiday Helper Swap on this one so that Hubby won't have a clue. :D

Both of my kids will get new hats in their stockings this year. I made my first crochet hat last week and they both went bananas over it. My son's will be his favorite shade of blue (needs some trim, dunno what yet) and my daughter's is going to be pink with white furry thread trim.

Son (almost 9) - I'm making him a set of the Mario figures. I made the Mushroom using the soda pop pin cushion pattern and he went bananas. I now have to decide which characters to make. I've already made the green mushroom, red 'shroom and a goomba. Maybe a Koopa, dunno... New addition! - with hopes my first arigarumi critter!

Daughter (almost 4) - dress up purse with matching hair pins, faire/princess dress. I bought extra dress up goodies for her at the Dollar Tree yesterday! Wings, a couple pairs of shoes and a tiara.

Mom - crocheted scarf and 3 pairs of earrings

Dad - a lap quilt and something else to be determined

My coworkers - (I'm the dept head at work.) - I'm making felt ornaments for them. Maybe some kind of quick edible goodie...chocolate bark is a serious possibility.

My kids' teachers - I'm thinking I'll use the rest of my preserves or apple butter for them, but that means I have to fix a double batch so that I'll have some for us. Preserves and apple butter are done!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: boutiquepetite on October 02, 2009 12:49:56 PM
So I have a question...what is everyone's opinion on this gift?  My MIL and SIL are hard for me to come up with right now.  I have little things but I thought about making a week's worth of freezer dinners.  Then they can just pull them out and toss them in the oven whenever they want.  I know its not an exciting ohhh ahhh gift to open, but....it is useful!  Opinions please! :) Thanks in advance!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on October 02, 2009 01:26:37 PM
As a super busy mom of 2, I would absolutely love that gift boutiquepetite! It's thoughtful and caring. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: 80sgirl on October 04, 2009 03:02:11 PM
I'm so happy I found this post! Lately I`ve been having such a craving to get started on my Christmas Crafting! Here is my list below (If I have time, I will add more):

Family

Mom – Works in a Day Care (which she is always doing crafts for them). Likes to relax on the couch and watch movies. Already has a cozy blanket (last year's Christmas present from Dad) and a ‘magic’ bag. Doesn't really like ornaments. Trying to watch her weight.

Dad – This is a tough one; he`s so hard to buy for! Enjoys going to the movies, garage sales, auction sales, hunting, antiques and the Blue Collar Comedy. He is not really into music or sports. Works as a carpenter but dreams of owning his own auction company. Maybe something to motivate him to start his business?

Brother – 25 years old. He plays bass in a band, loves to party, allergic to pretty much everything (food wise).  Maybe something for his band?

Friends

Boyfriend – Loves sports (they are his life). He plays baseball, polo, golf, curling, etc. (I have the logo to one of his teams on my computer if that helps?). Likes anything chocolate and peanut butter. We always talk about places we want to go, so maybe something for travel?

Friend 1 – 18 years old. Girly, likes to party, loves anything with a zebra print. Might be going to college next year. I think I might bake something and put together a kit with nail polish, make up, etc. Maybe a zebra make up bag??

Friend 2 – 23 years old. Loves pink, stars, country music, likes to party. She just moved into her boyfriend's house. He owns a farm and she is just getting into baking. No sweets, though, she is on WW. Maybe a gift for the two of them? Or an apron like this but with pink stars:



I promise I have more friends. I will add them later  :D

Roomies

I have 3 and am still getting to know their personalities. I might do a little basket for them with goodies?

Work

Managers – A plate of goodies. Food doesn't last long when they are around!
Coworkers I'm closer to – Maybe a mug with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and a thing of cookies?

Suggestions welcome  :)

Can't wait to see pictures of everyone's final results!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on October 05, 2009 06:59:42 PM
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Mom – Works in a Day Care (which she is always doing crafts for them). Likes to relax on the couch and watch movies. Already has a cozy blanket (last year's Christmas present from Dad) and a ‘magic’ bag. Doesn't really like ornaments. Trying to watch her weight.

80sgirl - my mom is also trying to watch her weight, so I got a cheap ($1) recipe box from Michaels and am collecting different healthy recipes from friends/family/etc and writing them out.  I'm including some "treat" recipes too because we all deserves treats now and then.  I plan on decorating the box itself with decoupage or something similar.  Also, for your boyfriend, maybe peanut butter cups?  I've got a recipe around here somewhere that I can try to dig up, if you're interested.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: 80sgirl on October 05, 2009 10:10:01 PM
That's a good idea, thanks! I know she would appreciate that. She just told me she was getting bored of eating the same things haha.

If you have the recipe, that would be awesome. I was thinking about putting a little basket together with the different varieties of Reese products and then getting him something else. I remember seeing somewhere on this site someone was going to fill a jar with Reese's pieces and put a note on it that says 'I love you to pieces'. I thought that was clever and might do the same.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Onyxnox on October 06, 2009 09:40:29 AM
Still a bit up in the air about things, especially as we had to take an unexpected hit to the budget because of expenses for the house renovation.  So far, we are doing stencilled shopping totes, and knit gnomes for some people.  I will have some stencilled t-shirts too for neices and nephews.  I think DH will be making some plant stands for parents.  I have made a nice spicy peach and pepper relish, and will be making peach and cardomom jam, a lavender jelly, a hot pepper jelly, and probably a marmalade for various friends and neighbours (well, marmalade for mom, she loves the stuff).  Probably more supplies for tile pendents too.  I have a few pairs of Bella mittens for neices, SIL, and such.  I really should make my list out.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on October 06, 2009 06:02:18 PM
80sgirl - I've asked my mom for the recipe and will send it on when she gives it to me!

:)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on October 06, 2009 06:21:17 PM
This year, I've got more presents than usual to get as I think we're heading up to my grandmother's for Christmas (and thus have to give to everybody!)  This is the first year I'm trying to make a majority of the presents, too.

Mom - angel ornament*, beer bread mix, apron, stocking, heifer donation, recipes box w/recipes, coupon organizer w/ coupons

Gram - angel ornament*, purse organizer, eyeglass case, winter placemats, coupon organizer w/coupons

Gramp - heifer donation, gift card, tie?

Various friends - beer bread mix, apron

Friend #1 - purse/bag, apron

Friend #2 (pregnant with her first baby) - diaper bag/purse?

Uncle (lives in New England, doesn't lack for much, I'm unsure of what to do for him, really) - tie? (from a tute on here, I think)

Uncle's Wife - angel ornament*, purse

Friend's baby girl (1 year on Christmas!)- soft ABC book (I've got the list of A is for ... and just need to get the supplies), quilted ball

Cousin's two year old son - crayon roll w/ tote bag and coloring book, quilted ball

Cousin/Husband - necklace (being made by a friend), tie, angel ornament*

Cousin/Fiance (fiance is a police officer in FL ... no idea if he could really use a tie or not, they're getting married a year from now) - necklace (being made by a friend), tie, angel ornament*

Prairie (mom's dog) - homemade dog biscuits, leash?

Cousin/Girlfriend (just moved in together)- angel ornament*, tie, necklace (being made by a friend)

Uncle #2 - tie

Younger girl cousins - necklaces (being made by a friend)


The * show what I've finished.  Suggestions for the men on my list are greatly appreciated.  Most are Red Sox fans and work in offices, except my Gramp (who's retired) and my cousin's fiance (the cop).  Thoughts?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on October 07, 2009 06:58:47 PM
I am cleaning my craft room this weekend so I start making christmas gifts.
I decided not to make my little sister an advent calendar this year so here is here revised list (She is my most favorite person to craft for!)

1)Robot Necklace
2)Gingy Ornament https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284840.msg3226432#msg3226432
3)Dinosaur Stuffie
4)Giant Ugly Doll
5)Tiny memory book https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292861.0
6)Bubble Magnets. - Disney Characters- Lady and the Tramp, Pongo and Lucky, Dumbo, Lion King. (We love disney)
7)Book pendant
8)Paintings (Set of nine in a pop-art style)
8)Painted Shoes

 ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: PleasantOne on October 09, 2009 10:41:24 PM
Ok, ok, I know, already?! But I am so excited for Christmas! 'Christmas in July' must mean something, I always get excited for Christmas this time of year.

Well, I'm running behind... I just got started on making things about a week ago. So far, I don't really have too many things planned out to make for certain people... its more that I'm making lots of little things and then deciding who to give them to ;)

So far, I've made a bunch of tea cup candles, melt and pour soap, handmade note cards, and charm bracelets. I'm planning to make up some wire birds nest pendants and tree of life pendants, too. I'm also making some scarves out of some cool yarn I found at Big Lots... and then I'm trying to finish a throw blanket I've been working on for YEARS for my mom.

I wish I could figure out some things to make for my husband... I'm going to make him a new scarf, but beyond that, I'm lost. He's not very sentimental... he like politics, baseball, military stuff, beer, Star Trek, classic rock music...

I've really enjoyed reading about what everyone else is making! :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: PixieVal on October 11, 2009 08:07:30 PM
I'm keeping it simple this year, just had family move here to North Dakota, so I'm making them scarves, mittens, and afgans to help them adjust.
Everyone else in my family is going to go green with my destash- Patchwork Cloth Napkins


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sueferris on October 14, 2009 09:44:08 AM
does anyone have a pattern for a christmas wrap for your computer monitor?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: yzzilnoaj on October 14, 2009 01:02:58 PM

Dad-I am making an over the chair arm tv organizer and some sort of yummy treat that is ok for a diabetic.  I could really use some help with the yummy treat part since all the recipes I make require sugar.  I also need to make him something for his stocking present...any ideas? I decided to buy him a DVD player because he is always borrowing mine.

Step-Mom-decorate some house numbers (you can't tell what house is ours because it has no numbers on the door or porch). I am also going to make her a beaded ornament for her stocking.
I am going to make her a nesting ball since she is a bird lover. 

Older sister-crochet rug made from plastic bags DONE .  I am also making her a beaded ornament.

brother-in-law #1-a range of tasty treats not sure what though...suggestions welcomed. :-)

younger sister #1-cork board jewelry holder (I saw one on here but I don't have the link now...sorry) and earrings for her stocking. Done

younger sister #2- She just got married so I was thinking of making a basket and putting some monogrammed coaster, two mugs that say Mr. & Mrs, and some homemade hot chocolate.  I am also making her a necklace for her stocking present.
Again changed my mind.  I am making her tee-shirt grocery bags.  Both her and her husband are huge college sport fans so I collected different college tee-shirts and made them into grocery bags (I got the idea from Martha Stewart's website).  They turned out GREAT and were super easy and fast to make.  I also made her and her new husband stockings that say Mr. on one and Mrs. on the second...very cute.

brother-in-law #2-again some tasty treats.

younger sister #3-She loves owls so I am making her a owl mobile .  DONE. She will also get a  beaded ornament for her stocking present.
instead she is getting a tee-shirt with an owl on it that says give a hoot don't pollute.

younger sister #4-I am making her a cookie sheet magnetic board for her bedroom door.  I am also making her a bunch of beaded bobby pins for her hair.

Step-Grandma-I need help here.  She has everything that she could possibility want.  I have made her numerous scrapbooks through the years and she is downsizing so going this root again wouldn't work.  I was thinking that maybe something that she can eat would be one good gift but I don't know what because it will need to be sent to Maine and she  is really health conscience, again suggestions welcomed. :-) I decided to donate money in her name because honestly what else can you do for someone who has everything? 

Friends-all of them are getting a set of cards in a box. I again changed my mind.  I have been making a tone of felted ornaments so each friend is going to get a personalized felted ornament.

Godson and Goddaughter-bathtub paints, hooded towel with a rubber ducky. 
and finger paints...they take less time.

I still need some assistance...does anyone have any good recipes for treats that are ok for someone with diabetes? 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: gritamosAtu on October 16, 2009 02:41:17 AM
I thought I was CRAZY for doing this! haha I made my mom's present in August :D So, only some of my gifts are crafted, simply because certain people are really hard to make stuff for :( So here's my list!

Boyfriend: I bought him a Pixar animation book and I made him a gameboard, kind of a half-a**ed Monopoly. When I made it I realized I didn't know how to play Monopolgy so I just took some ideas from it. I titled it, "Love is the Name of the Game". I'm also starting a new tradition with him where every Christmas I give him an ornament, since I want to try and have all our ornaments handmade. So I'm making him one (I'll post pictures once I finish it!).

Mom: I bought some colorful napkins and embroidered leaves in the bottom right corner. There are about 8 napkins. I also bought some napkin holders. And I'm also making her an ornament.

Dad: There isn't anything handmade, but I got him a deck of cards that are Beatles (the band) themed and a poster of Jimi Hendrix(he's a musician so it seemed super appropriate).

Best friend: Nothing handmade here but I bought her this GORGEOUS tapestry!!! Eventually I'm going to try to make one of my own!!

Best friend's parents: I'm making them an ornament like my mom and boyfriend.


I feel like my list doesn't compare at all to the people on here. Not only with the crafts I'm doing but the amount of people haha If it counts for anything, I'm at college 12 hours away from home haha


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on October 16, 2009 04:15:33 PM
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Step-Grandma-I need help here.  She has everything that she could possibility want.  I have made her numerous scrapbooks through the years and she is downsizing so going this root again wouldn't work.  I was thinking that maybe something that she can eat would be one good gift but I don't know what because it will need to be sent to Maine and she  is really health conscience, again suggestions welcomed. :-)

Maybe some homemade granola?  It'd send well and can be quite healthy!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: BadWolf on October 18, 2009 09:13:24 PM
Ooooo, I haven't been on here in awhile, or using it like I used too. But man am I ready to craft for Christmas!

Mom: homemade liqueur
Dad: homemade liqueur
Mike(fiance): he doesn't like getting gifts, but he likes what I get him...I've no idea
Brother(20): no idea
Brother(20): no idea
Linda(stepmom): homemade liqueur

Brenda/FMIL: homemade liqueur
Brian/FBIL(19): no idea
John/FBIL(28): no idea
Daneen(fbil's wife 37): no idea
Nicolette/Daneen's Daughter(16): T-shirt scarf
Jonathan/Daneen's Son(10): Recycled sweater Hat

Friends
Lauren(22): T-shirt scarf, homemade liqueur
Marisa(23): T-shirt scarf, homemade liqueur
Kelly(24): T-shirt scarf, homemade liqueur
Steve/Kelly's BF(21): homemade liqueur

I'm sure that I'm missing a few people.

I have made fleece blankets for my brothers twice already. I've given Mike a bunch of stenciled tshirts. Mike's brother and his SIL...um...they're both loud, I have no idea what to make them that they'd actually use. She is a bartender, he does mechanic stuff. I'll probably just make them cookies or something. I need another thing each for my mom, dad, Linda and Brenda.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on October 19, 2009 02:24:56 AM
By homemade liqueur, do you mean a flavored brandy or cordial? :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: flying_babyb on October 19, 2009 09:01:59 PM
grrr its getting close
I need gifts for:
Grandma- she loves boats(but no more art). she cant have candy. I already have a scrapbook but need something to go with it.
mom- A tiny photo book but  I need somthing to go with it. loves military collectables and western stuff and NCIS
tia- A tiny photo book but i need more ( frog lover)
BFF- Has 4 kids (and hates hubby). I started a photo scrapbook but want more (bath basket?)
Her kids:
2- loves everything she shouldnt have
4- loves currious george
9- Loves girly things
10- The only boy

BFF (sam): A totally shoping geek who loves cherries (bath basket?)
Oh and I should come up with somthing for work (bookmarks?) for the 23 women I work with. GASP theres alot of us


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: amc- on October 19, 2009 09:10:01 PM
So, here's my altered list ... (Added comments are bolded.)

MOM: Wine glass. Mother/Daughter frame. (Buying LCBO gift car)
    BOUGHT: Mother/Daughter frame.

DAD: Stencilled shirt. (Buying LCBO gift card)
    BOUGHT: Pittsburgh Penguins Shot Glass

ROB & MICHELLE (Brother & His Girlfriend): Stencilled beer mugs.
    I'm not really sure what to get them anymore. They both drink, smoke, like to party. They've got their own place so I guess I could get them stuff for the house. But they've really gotten everything they need. HELP!

PERCY (15yo Brother): Thinks he's a gangster. Likes to party. Have no ideas.
    He's pretty in love with Obama. Maybe something with Obama stenciled on it. He's already got an Obama shirt though. What else would a 15yo kid like that could be stencilled?

RACHEL (13yo Sister): Stencilled tshirt. Maybe a cool photobook.
    The plan is to buy a photo album and make the cover look really cool. :)

BRANDON (10yo Brother): He wants Monopoly City, Bakugans and Guitar Hero. I think I may look into getting GH for his PS2 and altering the guitar (painting it, ect)

EMMA (2yo neice): A fairy princess costume. (I might make myself a matching one)
    I also want to buy her a pair of little converse. So I can dress her up just like Aunt Anna. :)

DAN (Boyfriend): He's a nerd. Star Wars / Star Trek that sort of thing. He's got his own place. A bit of a stoner. He's trying to quit smoking. We like to cook together. And hes a hockey fan. But I'm clueless of what to get him.
    So, our Christmas plans are we're going to fill a stocking and then have one bigger present under the tree. For his BIG present I'm making him a scrapbook. So far for his stocking I've thought of ... chocolate, a pipe (Stoner  ::)), a thumb drive, pj pants, smoke case, maybe the new Dan Brown book. Any other ideas?

BRANDON (Best Friend): He's a musician. He plays drums and sax. He's learning piano. And he likes to sing. But I have no idea. I made hime a scrapbook last year but I'm clueless for this year.
    BOUGHT: Travis Barker drum sticks! And Vandoren Alto Reeds. He's requested that I make him a stick bag.

MUSIC TEACHER: An iTunes gift card.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: SesSpringett on October 20, 2009 05:53:15 AM
I'm not making huge amounts this year (I say this before I actually think about it... it'll prob be loads!)

I'm making my mom some earrings from brass, just simple small hammered rings on gold earwires.

I'm making my brother a mirror from recycled magazines, in the style of that urban outfitters one that was around. mad loads of work but it should look awesome.

For my sister I've already got her some pretty things from Lush & Paperchase and I'll probably make her some jewellery. something fun in anodized aluminium maybe?

My sister-in-law has everything but she likes silver jewellery so I'll buy some silver wire and make some bangles and link them together with a silver loop and put a little heart charm on it.

Parents in law, aunts, uncles in law etc - My husbands side of the family all like their reusable shopping bags so I plan to make some from oilcloth. I also plan to paint (or maybe glaze in the ceramics studio at uni) terracotta plant pots, and fill the pot with a small bag of soil, a couple of ranunculas bulbs, a handmade ceramic plant label.

Edit - found the flowers! http://www.directbulbs.co.uk/bulbdetail.asp?id=1490 (http://www.directbulbs.co.uk/bulbdetail.asp?id=1490) - they seem a bit complicated so I'll plant them a few weeks before christmas and germinate them indoors.

For our friends who don't really need "things" I'm planning little goody bags with homemade bath bombs with glitter / sprinkles etc in them, cupcake candles and a jar of chocolate chip cookie mix. I'm going to bust out my photoshop skills and make pretty labels for the jars.

And finally my husband... we'd decided a few weeks ago not to get each other big christmas presents and just put the money into the Digital SLR fund... and then today's his birthday and he got nearly all the money we need... so now I'm thinking I shall make him some tshirts (he loves t shirts... pretty much all he ever wears) possibly using those inkjet transfer sheets... they look pretty good if you don't leave a load of space on the design.   I'm thinking a yellow one with a frog on it (he likes frogs!) and a couple of green ones... one with a bike on it and one with a birds-on-a-wire type design. Or a pylon... he likes them too. Strange boy!
Oh, and I will finish the socks I started for him last january!!!

Wow that's a lot!!! Sorry for the essay, will let you know how it all goes!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: AlyssaKnits on October 20, 2009 06:43:32 PM
I've changed my list SO many times haha. This is the stuff i actually bought the stuff for, and started making:
Dad- Lap Quilt- with lighthouses on it-
Mom- Lap Quilt with flowers on it.
Brother #1 (19 yrs.)- lap quilt with surfing fabrics finished!
Brothers 2&3 (twins, 14 yrs)- Baseball lap quilts
2 Friends- earrings & bracelet sets
Best friend- A disney-in-a-box type thing, im going to disneyworld so i'll get some stuff there for it too.
Nan- I'm thinking of doing some sort of wall hanging? i was to her apartment the other night and she has everything i made her on display since i was 7, so im sure anything will be okay ahha.

I've finished one quilt, and the actual patch-worky part of the others. Just need to back them.
I'll probably buy mugs and do some chocolate somethings too


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: hlillie on October 22, 2009 07:34:59 PM
For my Neighbors I am making corn heating bags. My nieces are getting appliqued tote bags, and my parents are getting a X-mas scrapbook of many past X-mas's and empty pages for the years to come. I haven't decided what to make everybody else.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MsMia on October 24, 2009 06:39:05 PM
This Christmas, for me, it will be a combination of reuse/recycle and crafting.

My kiddos - fleece blankets for both, tutu for daughter, bleach pen tees for both, learn to read books from thrift stores, Initial pillows

My parents - buying garden pavers from garden store, will have kids paint on them, seal them to make stepping stones for parents gardens; downloaded Photo Story to make dvds for them

My female friends and family - Rapunzal scarves, second hand cookbooks, jewelry, jewelry holders from second hand finds; prayer journals; Christmas Scent liquid potpourri

My male friends and family - live fish in personalized etched containers, bleached tees I have no idea, will not have time to do the tees; may just buy them hats and gloves and put them in a soda bottle

Other people's kiddos - bleached tees, second hand books, personalized book marks, tutus, personalized binders (second hand) covered in fabric, ribbon, yarn, etc; tutus, personalized name books, personalized pillows

Teachers - cookie sheet magnetic boards (I plan to use used/second hand cookie sheets from thrift)
http://cuts4scrapbooking.blogspot.com/2009/08/altered-cookie-sheet-magnet-board.html
Decided to give them Christmas Scent Liquid Potpouuri andhand towels with gift cards
and diy dry erase boards
http://makeitandloveit.blogspot.com/2009/03/picture-frame-dry-erase-board.html



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sunnydays914 on October 24, 2009 08:22:59 PM
I am so excited for Christmas! Our friends are making bets on how soon the Christmas tree comes out in our house. I would like it to be up already but DH says not until after Thanksgiving. We shall see...

Our gifts will be a mix of store bought and crafted. We've got a strict budget again this year for multiple reasons but mainly because things can really get out of hand if you don't pay attention to

Mom: Has been lamenting all her home stuff from their wedding is getting old so I've already bought her new oven mits but that isn't enough for the kind of mom she is: super busy (there are 8 of us including spouses), thrifty, clever, likes being outside in the sunshine. GREAT housewife/mom.

Dad: No freakin clue. He's so hard to buy for. He is an engineer who likes to work with wood, watch movies and read in his free time.

Big brother: Another hard one. Works stock in a grocery store, still in college to become something (we have no idea after this many years), console gamer (Zelda, Mario, RPGs etc)

Brother's wife: Music teacher and student. I think I might make her something like the cookie sheet magnet board for her classroom or office/voice lesson room in their house.

Little Brother: Also hard to shop for. Works at the same grocery store as other brother. Constantly fixing his cars. He owns a 198? Fiero and a 1965 Mustang... so, something car related? For his birthday last year he got a car cleaning kit (bucket, soap, sponges, rags etc)

Little Sister 1: Hippie, earthy, into African art and recycling. She's getting an ipod from my parents so I've bought her ipod socks from Dollar Tree (I heart that store!) as well as a recycled waste basket. I think I might try to figure out something small/inexpensive relating to African art.

Little Sister 2: Pretty darn girly. Also getting an ipod (hence, more ipod socks). She recently repainted her room and is starting to get teenager-y with photos all over so I want to make her a french memo board to hold all her middle school treasures. Perhaps wall letters a la thankyoulocust https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213298.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=213298.0)

Little Sister 3: Curly hair ribbons from http://www.instructables.com/id/Curlykorker-Hair-Bows/ (http://www.instructables.com/id/Curlykorker-Hair-Bows/). I finished two sets today. I'd like to make a few more. She doesn't really play with toys but LOVES small plastic animals and stuffed animals. I don't know if I would ever be allowed to visit if I got her another animal though ;D

DH: Several movies, including two seasons of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. I think I want to make him a Bloo plushie for his office. He is a photographer, graphic designer, works from home.

Aunts and Uncles: Getting either a copy of the family photo we took last year at Christmas because Grandma passed away this year and it was the last photo we took together.

MIL: No idea. She collects EVERYTHING and there is almost no room in the house so I'd like to figure out something useful that isn't going to end up in a pile somewhere collecting dust.

FIL: No ideas either. Mechanic, not too personable. I think last year we got him one of those HUGE tv remotes and that was it. Even his own son has no ideas.

Thankfully, the list stops there. There are some times, like this, where I am really thankful DH is an only child!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on October 25, 2009 04:21:10 AM
I love Foster's too. I think your DH would love a Bloo plushie. :)

For LS2, you could try a memory board to matche her new room color for her pictures and special bits.

For LS1, I think you could find some really cute beads for a necklace. During the 60's, some hippies wore a pouch (approx. 2"x 3") around their neck on a thong. I don't want to know what they put in their pouch back then...don't want to know either, but you could fill one with trinkets that would appeal to LS2 specifically, kwim?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MissFrosty on October 25, 2009 05:11:26 AM
Hi - I've just started on Craftster and have gotten a bunch of ideas while surfing the forums=).  ;D ;D

Am a little late though this year because there's so much to do in Uni. But have decided though that my family will get all homemade precies this year. They love this stuff!  ;D

I'm getting my list together and it sound something like this...: My mom and sister are a big crafting, knitting maniacs and I saw those christmas yarn balls and also some hand painted ones and I think they will just love them, for my dad I think I will paint a painting of our family home where my grandparents live and my greatgreat grandfather built and for my brother a painting of his cat, which he just loves :D. I think that I will try to craft some christmas stuff for my boyfriends family aswell, as they are taking us to sweden for christmas and I just have to do something for them to show my thanks..  It's a long list so I just have to get started soon... :o.

what to you think about giving one's family homemade crafted stuff? ???

-
just love this wepsite!=)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cupcakemama06 on October 25, 2009 11:38:54 AM

what to you think about giving one's family homemade crafted stuff? ???


I think it's awesome. Most of my family and Hubby's family are getting hand made gifts. In other than books for Bear (my two year old daughter) both girls are only getting hand made gifts for Christmas this year.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: jayamaree on October 26, 2009 09:48:42 AM
sunnydays914 - for your MIL who has everything an no place to put them, about about a candle or food-gift that way she can use it up.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: jl409 on October 26, 2009 07:15:15 PM
Budget is tight and so this will be my first COMPLETE homemade Christmas!! Which means that everyone is getting something homemade!!

Parents- Well, I am going to attempt to make rag quilt! I've only made one quilt in my life!! They just moved and my dad's "workshop" is actually their beloved dog Sammy's room which is small room attached to the garage that she can go in and out of from the backyard. They already have decorative plaques up in dad's "workshop" that are dog related so I thought I'd add to them by making a Sammie shrine :). I also thought I'd make a dog draft exhauster. Here is the link: http://www.craftycrafty.tv/2007/09/how_to_make_your_own_dog_or_sn_1.html

2 best friends- cupcake oven mitts and if I have time.. embroidered tea towels

Co-workers- I thought I'd attempt to make homemade apple butter

Okay- here is what i need help with and need advice !!! My boyfriend and his parents. I thought about embroidered tea towels but I'm not sure how much the BF's dad would like those :) !! So then I thought I'd homebake some bread or sweets.. but his mom is diabetic!! Any recipes or advice for diabetics??

Boyfriend- no idea!!! He has a lot of interests but he is so guyish he would never go for certain things like a remote control holder, etc. He likes footballl (no favorite team though), loves watching music videos on Utube, loves Curb Your Enthusiasm and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. He LOOOOVES the Rolling Stones. Any ideas?!! He works in logistics and has an odd schedule- from 6pm-7am so his sleep schedule is very off.

Boyfriend's sister- drawer sachets and a lavendar eye pillow




Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: hlillie on October 26, 2009 07:52:49 PM
For your boyfriend, how about a Curb your Enthusiasm messenger bag. Another craftster TMLgirl made a Arrested Develope messenger bag and it was faboulous, here is the link.   https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=324251.0


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: {faye} on October 27, 2009 11:57:18 AM
I'm trying to design some kind of motivational print that can fit in an A4 or A6 envelope so I can send them along with my Christmas cards. Something along the lines of those 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters that will look cute tacked to a bulletin board or framed on a desk, etc.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Graciechan on October 27, 2009 03:07:10 PM
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I love christmas. I am planning this year, as I do every year, to give a mixture of homemade and store-bought gifts. Mostly for homemade things I give baked goods (Christmas cake, candy etc) and stuff I make in craft sessions at school. However since I'm not in appropriate classes this semester I'll have to do the dirty work at home. *Sigh* so much effort! At least my relations will get a break from my godawful (If charmingly rustic...) wood and metalwork :P. So!

Mum: I'm not sure yet. She likes anything handmade I give her so I'm just waiting for the perfect idea.

Dad: Oh help. He likes chocolate and his DSLR. Why are dads so difficult?

Brother 1. : Again, I don't know. He likes pretty much everything, usually really easy to find gifts for, but this year I'm devoid of inspiration.

Brother 2: Probably clothes for his bear or something boyish, or spy themed. Aged 9.

Boy cousin: Just a small token of my affection, I don't give him a huge present as my brothers tend to swap "larger" gifts with him. I don't know tho! He likes silly old fashioned practical jokes and spies. We're a very English family haha.

Girl cousin: All sorted. Wahoo! normally I'm completely stumped as to what to give her, but I've found something this year.

Granny: Some sort of memento of our eccentric family's fun times we all spend together. Not sure quite how to present it though.

Aunt: very creative person who makes films and drinks coffee out of a huuuge mug. But that's what I gave her last year! I'm not sure exactly what I'd like to give her. She has very specific tastes about which art materials she likes to use so I'd be nervous about giving a decorated sketchbook or something like that.

Uncle: Something small and not expensive/ time intensive, as he will undoubtedly leave it behind at the end of the holiday. He likes reading so perhaps a nice bookmark or something.

Friends: baked goods and candy. I like the stuff sweets4ever makes for her husband's work team, so deffo pretzel sticks in choc and the like XD

Grandpa and his partner: Baked goods. along with something I have made... Don't know what yet though.

Oh help! I must get going!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on October 27, 2009 03:53:58 PM
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Brother 2: Probably clothes for his bear or something boyish, or spy themed. Aged 9.

Boy cousin: Just a small token of my affection, I don't give him a huge present as my brothers tend to swap "larger" gifts with him. I don't know tho! He likes silly old fashioned practical jokes and spies. We're a very English family haha.

When I saw the spy thing, I immediately thought of a 'Spy Kit' - maybe with a few "disguises" in it and something gadgety (walkie-talkies? pretend cell phone?), binoculars, etc ...


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: flying_babyb on October 27, 2009 04:27:17 PM
look up spy freebies on the internet. Theres a spy club you can join for free that sends you some cool goodies every couple months.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Graciechan on October 28, 2009 08:23:45 AM
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Brother 2: Probably clothes for his bear or something boyish, or spy themed. Aged 9.

Boy cousin: Just a small token of my affection, I don't give him a huge present as my brothers tend to swap "larger" gifts with him. I don't know tho! He likes silly old fashioned practical jokes and spies. We're a very English family haha.

When I saw the spy thing, I immediately thought of a 'Spy Kit' - maybe with a few "disguises" in it and something gadgety (walkie-talkies? pretend cell phone?), binoculars, etc ...
look up spy freebies on the internet. Theres a spy club you can join for free that sends you some cool goodies every couple months.

Thank you very much! Those are great ideas! I may make him a sort of "spy survival kit", but I'll talk to my aunt first and see what she thinks. I LOVE christmas!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: chels82 on October 29, 2009 01:30:32 PM
Stepmom - Branching Out scarf in a moss green
Stepsister - knit purse
BFF - leaf scarf in fall colors
Dad - I'm clueless on this one.  I'm primarily a knitter and jewelry maker so I'm not sure what I have time to make knit-wise for him, I'm not advanced enough for a sweater.  Any ideas?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on October 29, 2009 02:00:13 PM
Stepmom - Branching Out scarf in a moss green
Stepsister - knit purse
BFF - leaf scarf in fall colors
Dad - I'm clueless on this one.  I'm primarily a knitter and jewelry maker so I'm not sure what I have time to make knit-wise for him, I'm not advanced enough for a sweater.  Any ideas?

For your dad, what about socks or a hat?  Cufflinks or tie tack? (Not sure how a tie tack would work, honestly)  Does he have any hobbies?  A pillow of some kind?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: annieandchiquita on October 31, 2009 04:04:52 AM
Ok, gotta get this one all down... Not that long till Christmas, and even less till I'm due to have my little girl... and my little man doesn't help with the making of things!!
Mum - Photos! Bit dodgy, but I'm a super busy Mummy at the moment! One she's been bugging me for years now for - one of my brothers and I, plus some of my lovely kidlets
Dad - black and white shots of the kidlets, to replace the ones he has from last year in the frame we gave him... last year. Also, the same pic as Mum is getting, framed
Brother #1 (19) - No idea, he's hard to work out at the moment. Might make him a felt something... thinking fighting fish, he just got one, so that may work for me... gotta think of something else though!!
Brother #1's GF - Maybe a covered journal-y book thing. She'll be studying for another 6 months after christmas (or plans to) so maybe something related to that too... journal-y thing might work, she's travelling an hour or so each way, which for her is a struggle  ::)
Brother #2 (17) - Easy, but bought... belt buckle for his collection :D
MIL - Easy peasy, proud grandmother moment again. Black and whites of my little boy and even littler girl <3
My FIL is getting nothing, because its all he deserves.
My SIL #1... is impossible, she's a very proud aunty, so maybe something to do with that... might paint some singlets or something for the kidlets with 'i <3 aunty sis' on them and take some cute photos, get one of my niece and give her one for when our other niece gets back from Ireland, so she has the whole set... maybe even one for the neicey-nephew my other SIL is baking now... Thinking as I type :D  
BIL & SIL#2 - Not sure, but I want to make some cordial for them. They're expecting their 2nd bub, SIL will be 34 weeks or so at christmas, might see if SIL#1 will go halves in a pregnancy massage voucher for her - pure bliss!!!
Niece #1 (2) - Something bought I think... if I can find time, I'd love to make her a red and white polka dotted dress, maybe even with a matching hair clip... but in reality, I'm running out of time, quickly!
Niece #2 (20 months, living in Ireland, not sure when the whole custody battle will have her back in Aus :( ) - Impossible to know really whats going on. I'm so stuck as to whether to buy anything or make anything... Wait and see!!
Niecey-Nephew (unborn) - Probably a little body suit or something tiny - they got us something when our bub was unborn at chrissy too (my first obviously lol) and she's due in the middle of February, so it'll be boiling hot here... Oh, might make a bear. Or not, either way lol There's a pattern my Mum just got that seems quick and easy, just sewn... might be the way to go.
Bestie (21) - Well... I'm gonna make her a body scrub, make her a hat (OMG, have you seen the Kitty hat tut by Mystic Cookie  :o ) and I have a barbie already for her... she's a little bit obsessed. Hat will be black and purple... totally against what the weather will be like, but eh, her birthday is in October, which for us is Spring, so anything warm I want to make has to be done now. Tough  :P

And the dearest fiance.

I have no idea.  :D Ah well, he's relatively easy usually, I'll work that one out as I go :D


Oh, and my little boy isn't getting much made by me this year, a pair of shorties (for over his cloth nappied bum) and a few little things, but we spent a small fortune on toys at a massive sale... so he'll be ok
And my little girl will get all of her new stuff just about, when she's born a few weeks earlier... so not much in my house handmade :(  


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Nadia/hope on November 02, 2009 08:32:09 AM
I posted this on "broke and apathetic" but, I'll post it here, too.  I am doing PIGGY BANKS!  I have 17 presents to get!  So, I am going to hunt down a Dollar Store that sells piggy banks.  With any luck, they will be the glass ones.  I am going to paint them, decorate them...whatever mood strikes me.  I'll put little signs around their neck - Feed the Pig, Christmas 2010 is only 365 days away. Lost and Found, A penny saved....., Start saving now for next year....I'm sure I can figure out more whimsical sayings.  I'll include a roll of pennies for "starter money"....If I can't find glass piggy banks - I'll get the larger plastic ones - they have a spray paint primer for plastic.  I figure I'll have the most fun because I like painting and decorating.  It's a gift that lasts all year long.....and you can see who saved the most!  I have a feeling I'll have a fortune if I save all the coins that wind up on the bottom of the washing machine!  Have a holly jolly all!!!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: PenguinSoup on November 02, 2009 09:09:25 PM
Here's the list so far and I would love some other ideas. I am trying to make 90% of everything and am doing well on ideas so far

Kids:
My sister: turtle quilt and probably something else
Bf's neice: caterpillar quilt and a toy.. shes 3
Bf's nephew: dinosuar quilt and a kiddy toy.. hes not even 1 yet Finished the quilt https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325962.0
*was also thinking maybe poppets if I have the time for the kids?*

Parents:
Mom and boyfriend: well both are huge maple leaf fans and I painted my mom a turvot (pot cooler thingy) of an inookshook (spelling?)
for him, either gold or maple leafs but what I don't know
Dad and girlfriend: she likes dogs and he had 2 open heart surgeries and isn't supposed to do much. Worked on cars and likes warm places.
Boyfriend's parents: a wire tree for their gorgeous cabin and maybe a giftbasket with home made goodies
My grandparents: maybe a wire tree as well and something butterfly

Boyfriend's sister and brother-in-law: no idea! Really nice people with 2 young children. He likes airplanes and she likes... spas but I'm too cheap to get her a day at the spa.

Aunt: My aunt loves gardening and angels but I don't know what to do with those themes. I was thinking maybe a bag or something. I would love help here.

*Forgot my boyfriend!! Ok we've been living together for 6 months and spend almost all day together as he's is only job hunting right now. He loves games and has travelled a lot. I want to do something special and wa thinking of the 50 reasons I love you or the ABC's of why I love him but I want to do something else with that and have no idea as he will see it. So help here would be great!*

Mind the spelling mistakes as it's late but that's the list.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Manji on November 03, 2009 07:28:03 AM
As lame as it may be, I think that I am going to make snuggies for everyone. I tend to make one type of gift, and personalize it to the recipient- screen printing, hats and scarves, etc. Are they actually worth owning?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: PenguinSoup on November 03, 2009 10:07:33 AM
It depends on the person. I personally wouldn't want one I prefer a normal blanket or a quit as does my whole family. Maybe you could bring snuggies up in a conversation and see their reaction?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dancedupapillon on November 03, 2009 10:46:50 AM
I have most of my list figured out!

Mom: cowl and matching hat (finished), candies

Dad: mittens (finished) and matching tuque, licorice pipes

Brother: balaclava from a WWI knitting pattern, licorice pipes, something else?  He's a millwright's apprentice, 19 years old, and into most macho things.

Sister: hand painted recipe box with personalised recipe cards that I'll design/print out, candies

Boyfriend: Hand holding mitten (finished), sonic screwdriver (I'll need help with this one :P), candies, some sort of personal note/letter, other stocking stuffer type items? I'm stuffing the mitten with goodies

Sister's boyfriend: light pens (he's a film-maker/photographer, so I think he'd be amused by these http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Light-Drawing-Pens-Tools-for-drawing-light-do/)

Brother's girlfriend: Tuque or mittens? Chainmaille earings/bracelet/ornament? She's very sweet, just started working as a medical secretary, is thinking about becoming a nurse eventually, into country music (but I love her anway)

Boyfriend's parents: candied citrus peel (they ate most of the citrus peel I made for my boyfriend last year) other candies, ornament (if I can get my chainmaille stuff from my parent's house)

Room mate: probably tridactyl mittens from knitty

Other close friend:  ceramic painted cereal bowl (she loves cereal and spends a lot of time at my appartment, so she might want to keep it here/bring it with her)

Landlady: candies/candied citrus peel

The candies I think I'll be making are these http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/diy-wedding-favors-make-your-own-sea-glass-candy/ (http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/diy-wedding-favors-make-your-own-sea-glass-candy/) They look easy and oh, so pretty


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on November 03, 2009 05:43:02 PM
Mmm those candies look delicious!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Aelwyndaeira on November 03, 2009 09:50:53 PM
Starting late!

1) Sister for Christmas (since our b-day is on the 20th): Cool ruffle shirts from here: http://rufflesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-2-ruffle-necklace-waffle-shirt.html (http://rufflesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-2-ruffle-necklace-waffle-shirt.html):   I plan to use the packs of waffle knit shirts from Wally World and getting some waffle knit pants.  I can totally see her wearing them.  :)

2) Mom for Christmas: Book clock from here: http://rufflesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/11/time-for-good-book.html (http://rufflesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/11/time-for-good-book.html) (I'm addicted to that blog).  My mom collects old books, so I thought this would be cool!

3) My bestie: Fingerless mitts from here: http://rufflesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-fingerless-glovesfrom-socks.html (http://rufflesandstuff.blogspot.com/2009/10/tutorial-fingerless-glovesfrom-socks.html) I plan on doing various ones with lots of different coloured bows and charms.  :)

That's it for now.  I plan to pick stuff up tomorrow and Thursday to start.  Yay!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sofee on November 04, 2009 08:09:02 AM
i'm really behind due to uni and not having my sewing machine here so hopefully i'll be able to get started soon  :-\
so i have 2 and a bit weeks till my sewing machine is with me at the seaside to figure out what the hell i'm gunna make everyone!
so far
friends - gingham drawstring bags with their names appliqued on filled with goodies, i want to make them each one of http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2009/02/4th-attempt.html#comments (http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2009/02/4th-attempt.html#comments) these but a reindeer and i'll attach some ribbon so it can be a tree decoration
best friend - above but i want to make her the milk cartons from the Blur - Coffee and TV video out of felt or something, she loves that video :)
neice/nephew (currently unborn - due at the end of the month!) - a crochet kitty hat (my sister looves cats) and a bunny with this tutorial http://kwoozy.blogspot.com/2006/06/tutorial-for-rabbit-and-carrot.html (http://kwoozy.blogspot.com/2006/06/tutorial-for-rabbit-and-carrot.html) i kinda want to put a jingle bell in it too :)

and i'm stuck for everyone else
mum - she's a health freak but works in a health food shop so has everything she could possibly need at her finger tips...she's constantly complaining about some sort of pain so i was thinking microwave heat packs?
dad - no idea! ex mod...into his music of the 60s
sister & boyfriend - they'll be new parents so will probably get alot of presents for the new baby so i want to get them something for THEM i also like my sister way more than her boyfriend, so i'll probably get them a joint present then something seperate for her
my boyfriend - NO clue - i'll probably just buy him something  :P


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on November 04, 2009 09:30:20 AM
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dad - no idea! ex mod...into his music of the 60s

What about the record bowls made out of an old, unusable record?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sofee on November 04, 2009 09:38:36 AM
oo that's a good idea :) although i'd want to use a band he likes...i've looked on ebay but no one appears to sell scratched records :p i've found a few beatles ones for pretty cheap but i'd feel bad destroying something like that


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on November 04, 2009 10:12:59 AM
oo that's a good idea :) although i'd want to use a band he likes...i've looked on ebay but no one appears to sell scratched records :p i've found a few beatles ones for pretty cheap but i'd feel bad destroying something like that

Try secondhand shops in the area?  Or post something on a message board about memorabilia?  Yard sales?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: jl409 on November 04, 2009 08:22:21 PM
Sofeee- what tute are you using for the drawstring bags?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cait2424 on November 04, 2009 09:12:13 PM
WOW, well I have been creeping on this thread for awhile and am finally adding to it with my list! I have a huge extended family to gift for and as I am at school but going home (the Northwest Territories) for Christmas and my family is split between the NWT and Ontario many of the gifts have to be mail or airline travel friendly, cost effective is important as well as the boy and I just purchased our first home. I also have to wait to start several projects as either I lack the space or the supplies are at home. Bold = complete!

MY FAMILY
Mom(Loves books, our family dog, gardening, sunflowers, Italy, reading and the cottage): I bought her a handmade sunflower platter at this market/craft fair last month but I'd love to make her something as well and am stumped!

Dad(very into computer/techie stuff, loves robots, WW2, big band, jazz, the blues, and classic rock and roll music, loves being outside): My mom and I are going halfers on a new TV, something he really wants but would never ask for or buy for himself! I want to craft him something as well but other then stenciling a robot shirt I am stumped.

Boyfriend(loves hockey, music, birds, mob/gangster movies): We are not buying presents this year because we just bought our first house (yay!) and I'm still finishing my last year of school. He loves when I craft but I am stuck on ideas. I have already crafted him a fleece blanket and am not sure what else, he's so laid back he would love anything I make but I want it to be special!

My Dogs(Barkley and Luna): They are each getting new beds and booties(which I sewed by hand and were a pain in the butt but my puppies feet get pretty cold in -40!) and of course some random treats ( I always make them special cookies for special occasions!

Older Sister(teacher, likes nature, the outdoors, crafting, moose!): Cookie Sheet magnet board, family tree
Roger:

Little Sis 12 (VERY athletic, young for her age, likes jewelry making): Wall letters for her room, wire bracelet, probably new sweat pants with hand painted designs as she lives in them

Brother 15 (video games, fantasy and sci-fi books, soccer, hockey, the show house, he is a junior lifeguard and loves it): Probably just buy him some seasons of house though any other ideas are welcome.

Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents who live across the country are going to receive custom Christmas CD's with some sort of quick and easy ornaments and cards

The Boys Family He has THREE brothers :o

BIL #1 & His Lady(a great friend of mine as well): Probably consumable things like chocolate bark, cookies and some banana bread and such, ssome cool beads, some cool scarves. They are trying to live a pretty nomadic lifestyle so any gifts have to be consumable or easily portable!

BIL #2(barely know him? nature boy? has dreads, loves kayaking and camping?) no clue!

BIL # 3 (musician, hockey lover, unique sense of humor appreciates Dr. WHO Star Trek and such): ideas?

Nephew(4yrs): Modded Thomas the Tank Engine Train: I got him a couple of the lesser known engines and repainted them and renamed them in honor of him and his younger brother!

Nephew(1yr): Screen printed hoodie? Stenciled shirt(rock is dead long live paper and scissors, his momma's a craftster)

MIL & FIL: Probably a tote bag filled with baked goodies and homemade Christmas candy, we aren't very close and his dad can be a little well off putting

Close Friends

Friend #1 21yr/guy: Worst case survival kit(he's had a rough year and it will include stuff related to the situations he has gotten into lately) And a screen printed shirt with an inside joke. Probably a book on hockey or beer, maybe a smoke container?

Friend #2 24yr/guy: Something hockey related? he also has interesting "smoking habits" kinda stuck on this one!

Friend # 3 18yr/girl: I converted some ipod speakers I had so they are now housed within lego cubes! She is also getting some Twilight jewelry and an address book with everyones contacts for when she heads to uni next year!

Friend #4 (lives with us, is older, going through a hard divorce, has two daughters, is an electrician, likes beer and hockey? :-\) Maybe a nice blanket for hockey watching? Or some beer mugs? His year has sucked so I want to do something really nice and don't know what?

His girls:
9( very outgoing, very girly, a fun kid!, sees everything, knows way to much for her age, good sense of humour): Small purse in funky fabric, something for her hair? maybe some lipgloss
11(Not as outgoing as her sisters, mommas girl, pretty girly I think, she doesn't talk so much and I'm normally good with kids!) Same stuff, small bag, lip stuff, some simple jewelry, maybe a cool printed shirt? Anyone have any girls ideas?

Yea we have quite a few people this year! I am also making jars of cookie mix and home made Irish cream, this way if people drop by or have us over, we will be prepared!

Happy crafting and hopefully I can grab some ideas!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sofee on November 05, 2009 04:46:06 AM
Sofeee- what tute are you using for the drawstring bags?
well i wasn't going to, i was going to make simple square ones - then i found this which is waay cuter  ;D http://www.things-to-make-and-do.co.uk/fabric-and-sewing/bags/drawstring-bag.html (http://www.things-to-make-and-do.co.uk/fabric-and-sewing/bags/drawstring-bag.html) but with the number i'll have to make + the number of assignments i'll probably have to do...i'll probably have to stick with plan A


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MaxParadise on November 05, 2009 12:56:11 PM
I love Christmas and this time of year! It's my absolute favorite holiday. My, somewhat, list so far:
 
The husband's family:
Okay, so pretty much, his fam have become complete assholes.  We don't like each other and that's completely fine with me. So due to that, my list has come down. I am not spending my time making something for somebody I do not like. I let the husband know that he's in charge of figuring out what to get his sister and mom (usually I do). If he doesn't figure it out well, then, I guess they ain't getting nothing.
 
His nephew: 2-years-old, about to turn 3 in January. Obviously he did nothing wrong and I love him very much so I still plan on making him a couple things. He loves to play with little cars and trains; he has this beat-up, old wood train that is falling apart so I was going to make him a train out of felt. Started the first part of it today. I also plan to make him a couple of felt cars to go along with it.
 
My family:
I always buy them at least one thing, but also make them at least one gift too.
 
My Daddy-o: THEE hardest man to shop for. Even harder to make something for. But this year I finally figured it out! A San Francisco 49er's quilt/blanket. I made one for my brother last year (only with Kansas City Chiefs fabric) and my dad liked it alot, so I figured I'd make him one with his favorite team.
 
My mom: I was thinking maybe a blanket-quilt also with some really pretty fabrics, but not sure. Last year I crocheted them a throw blanket for their front room so I don't want them to have a billion blankets laying around! I'm think maybe a cookbook...? With all the recipes to dishes that we used to make when we lived there, that she says she misses. Any ideas on what could go along with this? Obvious choice is an apron, but she never wears one. I was also thinking about buying her some of my fave books (White Oleander, The Joy Luck Club just to name a few). Any ideas on what could go along with this? A couple bookmarks for sure.
 
My bro and sister-in-law: I'm thinking of etching some personalized shot glasses for them. To go along with it, I was thinking some sort of infused vodka?? I've seen it mentioned on here before. I could have sworn someone made different flavors of Skittles infused vodka. Any tips or links on this?? I'm going to have to go scrounging around to see if I can find that original post!
 
My nephew: 8 -years-old, going to be 9 in January. My mom and I were just talking about how he's getting at that age where it's hard to buy for him. especially since he already has everything he could want! I'm getting him Rockband for his PS3 but I''d also love to make him something but I'm completely stumped. He's super, super, into wrestling (WWE) thanks to my brother. And also all  the other basic boy stuff.
 
The husband: Fingers crossed that Coheed and Cambria will announce a tour for early next year and I can buy him tickets like I did these past two years!! I'm kinda stumped about what to make for him though. He is a crazy amazing cook...maybe I can make him an apron. A manly one of course! Hmm...probably a couple of stenciled shirts. I wish he got cold so that I could crochet him a scarf or make him a blanket, but he's hot year round. I'll definitely have to keep thinking some more and checking up/reading this thread to see what great ideas you all come up with!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: craftymum1982 on November 05, 2009 01:13:42 PM
All the things I want to make for Christmas - and not much time left!

My List (so far)...

Sister - Stencilled Madonna Tee
Brother In Law - A gym towel plus other things gym/mountain biking related ( not too sure what else yet)
Mum - A reciepe book - I seen one here on Craftster where the recipes are laminated and in pockets inside a book
Dad - an Iphone cushion (maybe, cant think of anything else lol)
Hubby - No idea! He love soccer (fav team is Liverpool) loves his beer or a Beam, and loves watching movies.
Son 1 (7 years) - Zelda shirt, Mario shirt, Triforce necklace, I Spy Bag, Swimming Bag, not sure if anything else yet.
Son 2 (4 years) - Mario Shirt, Bowser shirt, I Spy Bag, Swimming Bag, not sure what else.
Daughter (2 years) - Felt food, Dresses, I Spy Bag, Swimming Bag, Crayon Roll and Colouring Book Bag, maybe some crochet toys.
Mother In Law - Crochet hook roll, and bag for wool etc.
Father in Law - no idea - maybe a hamper or something (he is harder than my husband!)
Nephew and 3 Nieces - I Spy Bags
Brother and Sister in Law - Cushions


I need to make alot of other Christmas things to - stockings for my kids, a tree skirt, christmas decorations, christmas tableware, giftcards - hope I have enough time - finishing my swap today, then will only be doing christmas crafts!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on November 05, 2009 02:14:15 PM
Brother 15 (video games, fantasy and sci-fi books, soccer, hockey, the show house, he is a junior lifeguard and loves it): Probably just buy him some seasons of house though any other ideas are welcome.


Check this out cait2424. Old school tetris magnets done in plastic canvas!

I'm thinking about doing some of these as a gift for my gamer DH. :)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299163.0


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Moxie_Crimefighter on November 06, 2009 12:58:10 PM
its no where near final, but its a rough idea anyways. Hubby has a MASSIVE family, so were going with small gifts.

The list:
My family-

My Mom-                 a crocheted afghan
My Dad-                  mug with hot chocolate, chocolate spoon.. ect. (i know, kind of       uncreative)
Brother #1(age 17)-  I think I might have to buy something for the brothers
Brother #2(age 15)-  Probably a bought gift
Grandma + Grandpa   a scrapbook of my daughters first year
Uncle-                    mug with hot chocolate, chocolate spoon.. ect.
Aunt-                     potholders, using this cute teapot square tutorial
                                      http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2009/01/downloadable-teapot-pattern.html
Cousin #1(age 16)-  Im not quite sure what to get her yet, I was looking at this
                                     http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-unique-tile-picture-for-less-than-3/
Cousin #2(age 21)- I think again Im going for the easy way out with the hot chocolate cup
Cousin #3(age 19)- hot chocolate and mug
Grandma on my dads side-  Totally lost, I could use some help. I dont see my dads mom very often so I dont know much about her. Any generic gifts maybe?


Hubbies side:
Stepdad- crocheted hat and scarf
Mom-      Scrapbook of my our daughters first year
Sister#1(age 8)- I think I;m going to put together an art kit for her, and make some hair clips
Stepsister(age 27)- No idea, could use help on this one too. She LOVES kids, and shes very kind hearted. She works at sick kids hospital, and just got engaged
Stepbrother(age25)- I'm going to let Justin figure out a gift for him lol.

His dad- A magic rice bag thingie
Dads gf- Teapot potholders
Brother(age 14)- We bought him sunglasses
Sister #2(age 16)- VERY hard to please, so shell get an Itunes gift card
Sister #3(age 1 year)- Im crocheting her a newsboy hat, and making her hair clips

Hubbys Uncle- Crocheted Scarf
Hubbys Aunt-  Crocheted Scarf

their kids

#1 (age 24)-No idea. Gifting for dudes is hard!
              His wife- Maybe I should do a joint gift for the both of them
              His daughter (age 6)- Hair clips
#2 (age 20)- No Clue yet. I think I want something warm and generic, but Im not sure what she likes. Ill have to get more ideas from justin about what she likes
              Her daughter #1 (age 5)- Hair clips
              Her daughter #2 (age 3)- hair clips
#3 (age 17)- crocheted hat
#4 (age 4)- crocheted hat
#5 (age 1 and a half)- crocheted hat

Hubbies Grandparents- An afghan, and a framed picture of our daughter

Stuff for my daughter (age 1):
Stocking:
Hat
Hair clips
finger puppets
any other ideas?

Bigger presents
Blanket
lunchbag for the babysitters

We didnt do his whole family, because this list in itself is a little crazy. We just did the people who we'll see over christmas


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: TroubleT on November 06, 2009 04:09:21 PM
Moxie, have you ever tried making amigurumi? Your daughter might like those. I'm relatively new to crochet and have made a couple. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Moxie_Crimefighter on November 06, 2009 09:10:42 PM
no I've never tried, is it difficult to do? Or do you have any easy patterns you suggest I try? She does love stuffies :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: aliasgracie on November 07, 2009 01:55:04 PM
Oh, and another thing I know I'm lots of this year is chocolate bark.. lots & lots of chocolate bark. I'm sticking with the chocolate and candy cane one, but trying to think of other kinds.. anyone try a different one and liked alot??


I haven't read this whole thread so this could be a repeat... we make almond bark, or you can add skor pieces, chow mein noodles and peanuts...


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: flying_babyb on November 08, 2009 10:41:49 AM
Im down to just grandma and 6 yards of fleece (and lots of other crafty stuff)... No clue what to make


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on November 08, 2009 12:14:32 PM
Im down to just grandma and 6 yards of fleece (and lots of other crafty stuff)... No clue what to make

Hmmm, fleece ... a blanket?  Socks/slippers?  Scarf/hat?  All would require a minimum of sewing, I'd think, though you could always embroider something on it (if you embroider) ...


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: flying_babyb on November 08, 2009 12:47:48 PM
I made her a lap type blanket last year. I was thinking mabey another one for the CAT chair so she can lift it and her guests wont get cat butt


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on November 08, 2009 12:50:40 PM
Ha!  Cat butt ... I love it and I'm sure the guests will appreciate it!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: AlyssaKnits on November 08, 2009 03:02:58 PM
My progress! Strikethroughs are finished, bolded things i still need to buy things for.

Dad- Lap Quilt- with lighthouses on it-- Needs Backing
Mom- Lap Quilt with flowers on it. -- Needs backing
Brother #1 (19 yrs.)- lap quilt with surfing fabrics
Brothers 2&3 (twins, 14 yrs)- Baseball lap quilts Finished!
3 friends- Bracelet & earring sets, Stuff from Disneyworld or Sea World, Buying things from Avon.
Nan- Knitted neck warmer


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: CG_soldier54 on November 08, 2009 06:37:21 PM
MaxParadise here's the link to the skittle vodka:]
http://mixthatdrink.com/skittles-vodka-tutorial/


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: grannyt on November 09, 2009 02:05:32 AM
moxie,  does your step sis crochet or knit? If so I would buy yarn,( you know we all LOVE yarn!,)  needles or hooks ... you could make  quick(with large hook) a really soft scarf   a cowl or small neck warmer


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Nadia/hope on November 09, 2009 10:33:31 AM
Since I've been stuck in the house for a week with the swine flu...I got another idea for presents.  Going to take baskets and add a snout and a curly pink tail.  I'll fill the basket with little packets of kleenex, santizing hand cleaner, individually wrapped wipes, Burt's Bees lip balm, tea, a jar of honey and lemon flavored cough drops.  The topss in some pink footies.....  Those can be for the adults and piggy banks for the kids.  Maybe I'll throw in a bag of pork rinds, too!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: twistedwhisker1 on November 09, 2009 12:13:05 PM
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

I have a huge family, with three sisters, our spouses, and all our children, so we have agreed to just draw names. 

I usually cheat and put together baskets for the adults that I have to buy for.  I can usually find a basket or two at the thrift store, or I just cut down a card board box so it has a 2in rim and wrap it in Christmas paper.  To the basket, I usually add a bottle of wine &/or liquor, & a DVD ($5 at Walmart)

For the home made stuff....
Chocolate spoons with liquor flavoring.
Pretzels dipped in chocolate.
Chocolate truffles filled with nutella, &/or liquor flavoring.  (I'm Irish, my hubby is Italian we like our booze, lol) ::)
Mini loaves of some kind. (zucchini, orange cranberry, ect.)
Cookies if I have time to make them, but with all the chocolate I make, i often end up buying cookies.

I usually buy things for the kids, but I always attach a couple chocolate suckers to their gifts. 

I always bring various chocolates as hostess gifts.  I have many molds and I make them in various flavors.  and of course I make many, many truffles.

The most interesting things I have made in the past, were for my best friend.  Last year I made her a feather wreath because i couldn't find one in her colors.  Actually i bought a red feather wreath and then bought some peacock feathers and some solid colored feathers in peacock green & blue and added them to the wreath.  A couple years ago, she told me that her husband was complaining that she always borrowed his tools.  So I went out and bought a hammer, and some needle nose pliers.  I spray painted the metal parts powder pink, wrapped the handles in faux fur, and hot glued rhinestones to them.  Very, very cute!  she loved them!

This year i am making myself a wreath, and I will probably make my kids stockings, but i have no idea what I'm making other people.........besides of course chocolate!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: redheadedrowdy on November 09, 2009 06:51:40 PM
Whew.. haven't been on Craftster in so long but glad to be back.

This year, I am starting late, as usual. I'm trying to be pretty thrifty and mostly crafty as I'm sure most of us are. I need a little help though!

Mom- going to stencil a tote for her (LOVE the 3-packs of canvas totes at Michael's for $8) and a shirt with a nurse-themed pun. Not sure what else to do for her. She just recently lost 37 lbs and is finally at her amazingly awesome goal weight, but I'm not a sewer so can't make any clothes. She likes books, her evil ragdoll cat, arranging flowers, those willow-tree figurines, etc.

Stepdad- He almost always gets a stenciled shirt. I've made him a lot of them and I'm running out of puns! I might also make him a sign for his garage or a new sign for the yard with their last name... not sure what to make it out of.

Dad- So hard to buy/make for, as most Dads are. Stenciled shirt is always good. He likes tennis, yoga, organic food, and has a new dog- a golden retriever. No clue what else to make for him!!
Dad's GF- Really into yoga, has a lot of back pain (maybe I could make one of those rice bags?), really misses the mountains of CO where she went to school, so I was thinking about making a photo collage.

Boyfriend- I am buying and framing his fave horror movie poster (the Wasp Woman), since it's his dream to decorate our future media room with his favorite posters someday, but I'm also going to make him another calendar.. this year's theme is Muscle Cars & Monster Movies (2 of his fave things) He's a sculptor and a 3D modeler.... Last year, he made me an AMAZING sculpture of Albert (Florida Gator mascot, my alma mater) in a football uniform. I need to post it on here. There is no way I can outdo him artistically, but I'd love to make him something awesome.

Brother- He is definitely getting a Phillies NLCS champs shirt (boo, yankees..) but I'm trying to figure out what to make him. He is a photographer/photojournalist and just got engaged. He has approximately 29387297382 photo frames already, thanks to his fiancée.

Brother's fiancée- She LOVES baking and is AWESOME at it. Thinking about making her an apron- by that I mean buying one and stenciling something on it (as I noted my lack of sewing skills) Might also make her a recipe card box... and a binder to show off photos of some of her best cakes.

Stepsister- She loves the stenciled shirts too so I'll keep 'em coming for her. Same for her hubby.

Boyfriend's mom- Making her a decoupaged seed box, since she loves gardening and "old things", so I'm trying to find the perfect old box. She also loves birds, cats, tea, books (she's a high-school English teacher) and religion. Trying to think of something else to make her.

I think that's about it. I LOVE reading this thread, you are all so unbelievably imaginative and crafty!  ;D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Shelanie on November 09, 2009 07:58:08 PM
  A couple years ago, she told me that her husband was complaining that she always borrowed his tools.  So I went out and bought a hammer, and some needle nose pliers.  I spray painted the metal parts powder pink, wrapped the handles in faux fur, and hot glued rhinestones to them.  Very, very cute!  she loved them!

Genius! I have to make these. What a great idea.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: hehthur on November 10, 2009 01:39:26 PM
I usually cheat and put together baskets for the adults that I have to buy for.
I am pretty similar to to this. I just moved to Iceland from the States (Cali) a little over a year ago, this will be my second christmas here. I really don't know everyone well enough to be able to handcraft or even buy things that are super personal like I normally enjoy doing, so this year I am taking on an old tradition my mom used to do of the baskets. Everyone always loved them, and this way I can kind of show off to my husband's family with my crafting and cooking skills, removing all my stress. Here is what I will be putting into my baskets (so far):

everything below is handmade
Kahlua (including handpainted holiday bottles. this recipe comes from my mom)
Pumpkin Bread
Snickerdoodles
Chocolate & Peanut butter fudge
Chocolate covered coffee spoons
Apple Butter
chocolates
ornaments

and of course something small and personal for each specific person. Here is a poor quality example of the bottles I have already started on:






Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: leighna on November 10, 2009 08:32:13 PM
i'm a poor student, so i'm going on a total knitting/crochet spree this year.
mum i'm gonna make a multicoloured hat and scarf.
brother is either gonna get a realllllly long dr who scarf, or a transformers hat.
dad is getting a conservative coloured scarf. he can live with it.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: redheadedrowdy on November 11, 2009 01:28:47 PM
hehthur, those bottles are really cute!  :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: yzzilnoaj on November 11, 2009 02:05:27 PM

Boyfriend's mom- Making her a decoupaged seed box, since she loves gardening and "old things", so I'm trying to find the perfect old box. She also loves birds, cats, tea, books (she's a high-school English teacher) and religion. Trying to think of something else to make her.

I think that's about it. I LOVE reading this thread, you are all so unbelievably imaginative and crafty!  ;D


If she is into birds you can make her a nesting ball. You put left over string, thread, small pieces of material (pretty much anything small, soft and colorful) in a grapevine ball.  Come early spring she can hang it out with her bird feeders and the birds will use the soft items to make their nests.  Last year we had three nests in our yard that were purple and blue. 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: hehthur on November 11, 2009 02:51:05 PM
hehthur, those bottles are really cute!  :)

thanks so much!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MonK on November 12, 2009 08:19:57 AM
Hi, I'm new here but I'm jumping in feet first!

We are crafting all gifts for our family this year but we're celebrating Christmas early with my husband's father's side so I thought I'd list my plans and hopefully get some ideas for the last two people on our list!

-Father In Law: Undecided - we were thinking of a liquor set but are already gifting that to 2 other people in the family. He's into fishing but makes his own lures. He likes coffee but makes his own at home. He loves his grandkids, kids, and pets. He plays guitar.
-Step MIL: candles in glasses etched with sayings like "family" "love" etc.
-BIL: Beer mugs etched with skulls & liquor set
-SIL: Undecided - she's 21 but lives far away so it needs to be something mailable. She loves photography, horses, nature, etc. I suggested a french memo board but my husband didn't seem to understand the point of them. A bath set is a possibility but I'd like to do something more unique for her.
-Step-BIL: Liquor set & etched drinking glasses with sports team name/logo
-Step-SIL: Bath set: slow globe soap, lip balm, bath fizz
-Niece (2): A handful of sock puppets
-Niece (1): Hooded Towel/Hooded Robe Towel (need to find pattern)
-Step-BIL: Reversible sports blanket likely made out of fleece


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: lacyjae on November 13, 2009 04:33:36 PM
Hello merry craftsters! Long time lurker, first time writer (I think)... need some advice!

My new boyfriend has nephews! One is two or three, and one is toddler-sized. I have no ideas for xmas pressies! I've read a bunch of the posts and I liked the reindeer hooded bath towel idea, but is this suitable for both ages? I've only met the fam once and don't know much about them, but I'd like to make something that both kids and parents would like and appreciate.

Any other ideas out there? :)

Many thanks in advance! :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on November 13, 2009 05:13:15 PM
Hello merry craftsters! Long time lurker, first time writer (I think)... need some advice!

My new boyfriend has nephews! One is two or three, and one is toddler-sized. I have no ideas for xmas pressies! I've read a bunch of the posts and I liked the reindeer hooded bath towel idea, but is this suitable for both ages? I've only met the fam once and don't know much about them, but I'd like to make something that both kids and parents would like and appreciate.

Any other ideas out there? :)

Many thanks in advance! :)

Crayon rolls with coloring books comes to mind - every kid likes to color!  Though I can't imagine that the boys wouldn't like the towels.  They sound cool!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on November 13, 2009 06:50:37 PM
-Niece (1): Hooded Towel/Hooded Robe Towel (need to find pattern)

I think my mom made these for us when we were little by attaching a hand towel to a matching towel. Lay the towel long ways, and attach the towel in the middle...if your interested I can ask my mom how she did it exactly or do a more detailed tute  :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: b2j2fitz on November 13, 2009 08:17:07 PM
Lacyjae

Last year for Christmas, and for my 3 yr old son, I bought him a batman mask and gloves at Walmart and made him a matching batman cape to go with it.  You could do a superhero cape with their initials on it or a logo you come up with for them.  If you're interested, I can find the tutorial I used to make mine.  There's a few around though :)

On to my list of things to make...

M in law-hubby is thinking on building a potting table for her porch...it would have a tiled top on it.  We also always buy her some gormet flavored coffee :)
F in law-a t-shirt with his grandkids pictures on it...using an iron on transfer to do this unless someone out there has a better idea??
Mother-same as for mother in law, and a hot pack for aches and pains and cold feet in bed!
Dad-the grandkids t-shirt and a hot pack
2 nephews 3 and 4 yrs old-personalized superhero capes
nephew (7 yrs) ????
Sister in law who teaches pre-school-a messenger bag for teaching

Future sister in law-the phoebe bag
Close friend of the family and son's preschool teacher-a vera bradley style bag
my secret sister at church-a crochet project bag
My 4 yr old son-corn hole jr., crayon role for travel time and sitting in church! :)
my 2 yr old daughter -tutu, wings, wand, barrets
7 week old daughter -stuffed blocks, possibly a mobile? or baby name book
Husband-a new messenger bag for toting things to/from work...made from that digital camo fabric...
stenciled t-shirts, and a t-shirt with our kids picts on it. 
2yr old niece-tutu, wings and barrets
8yr. old nephew ????
6 yr. old nephew?????

Any thoughts for these three nephews would be great!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dancedupapillon on November 13, 2009 10:43:49 PM
MonK, I found a tutorial for hooded towels and I thought of you.
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2007/11/29/hooded-towel-tutorial/ (http://www.skiptomylou.org/2007/11/29/hooded-towel-tutorial/)

There are also lots of other tutorials on her site, and they're organized by themes (kids, teachers, travelers, edible...) so there are lots of ideas there for pretty much everyone on your list.  I think I'll make a bunch of her lunchbags as wrappings this year.
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/05/08/lunch-time/ (http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/05/08/lunch-time/)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Tickle_Me_Pink on November 14, 2009 06:27:07 AM
I've already been thinking, and I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to make.

Granny: the knit hat ornaments/pot holders
Grandpa: ?
Grandpa: ?
Grandma: ?
Mom: Golden Snitch ornament, and cauldron ornament
Dad: buying an ornament
Brother: ?

I'm thinking for my grandparents, I'll just go to Hancocks and pick out some fun Christmas pattern and sew something.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Bayliss126 on November 14, 2009 02:12:12 PM
I'm new here... and this is my first post! I just graduated from college and finally have some time to craft!
I just started teaching myself to sew (after staring at my new sewing machine in the box for a year! lol) and I am loving it!

I've been crafting and handsewing for a few years, and am doing a few different types of crafts as gifts this year.

Most of my immediate family and close friends have birthdays within a couple of weeks of Christmas, so some people have two gifts listed (ie, one birthday and one Christmas).

I'm making a lot of 3D handsewing felt ornaments this year, so you'll see those listed a lot. Most of these commemorate something someone has accomplished or celebrated in the last year or so

Here we go:

In progress/Completed (Would be happy to post pics if people are interested)

DMom: Paris themed shadowbox with 3 felt ornaments (poodle, Eiffel Tower, and "Paris Je T'aime")-almost done
Best Friend(23): Set of 3D felt ornaments:
  -her college logo
  -her apt building (which is a beautiful historic building)
  -a boxing glove (she just took up boxing)
  -a donut (inside joke)
  -a suitcase with mini patches of countries she has visite(she loves travel)
  -a sushi roll (yum!)
  -a starbucks cup
  -her new job's logo
*paired with a mini tree for her first apt
Friend's Kid (2): Zebra softie
Friends Kid (4): Dog Softie
DNephew(4): Dog Softie
DStepmom Birthday: Yoga Bag

Felt ornaments for various friends/relatives:
3 wedding cakes (personalized to look like each couple's actual cake)
Sailboat
School Logos
Canadian Flag
Appalachian Trail Logo



Yet to do:
DDad(50's): Flannel PJ Pants
DStepmom(50's): Tote Bag (purple, her favorite color)
DBro (12) Flannel PJ Pants
DBro (25) Etched Beer Mugs with family initials
DSis-inLaw (23) Tokyo Tie Purse
DSis (24) Tokyo Tie Purse, Yoga Bag (bday)
Friend's Kid(12, girl): Cat Softie
DCousins (12, 14): Oragami lantern lights for room (each girl has a favorite color)
2 Cat Toys
5 Dog Toys
DSis's Boyfriend (24): Fleece Blanket with embroidered quote (the whole fam got these a few yrs back)
Friend's Kids: Bathroom Crayons (saw on this board, i believe! :o), might do these if I have time

More Felt ornaments to make:
Watercolor palette
Corporate Logo
Air Force Jet (x2)
Florida (x2)
Basketball
Fish
Cross
Mt. Everest

Whew, better get busy! :o)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dnd4us on November 16, 2009 03:27:27 PM
Well it may not be July, but I have gotten a good jump on several home made items this year.  I have posted tutorials on my blog that I wanted to share here as well check out some of my ideas:

Flower Pins: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/make-it-do-gift-felt-poinsettia/ (http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/make-it-do-gift-felt-poinsettia/)
Christmas Eve Cozies: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/christmas-eve-cozies/ (http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/christmas-eve-cozies/)
A Snowman Kit: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/make-it-a-snowman-kit/ (http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/make-it-a-snowman-kit/)
Cookies in a Jar for Santa: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/cookies-in-a-jar-for-santa/ (http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/cookies-in-a-jar-for-santa/)
Cozy Bed Warmer: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/make-it-do-gift-cozy-bed-warmers/ (http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/make-it-do-gift-cozy-bed-warmers/)

Just to name a few!

Cheers,


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: yzzilnoaj on November 16, 2009 06:25:35 PM


Here we go:

In progress/Completed (Would be happy to post pics if people are interested)

DMom: Paris themed shadowbox with 3 felt ornaments (poodle, Eiffel Tower, and "Paris Je T'aime")-almost done
Best Friend(23): Set of 3D felt ornaments:
  -her college logo
  -her apt building (which is a beautiful historic building)
  -a boxing glove (she just took up boxing)
  -a donut (inside joke)
  -a suitcase with mini patches of countries she has visite(she loves travel)
  -a sushi roll (yum!)
  -a starbucks cup
  -her new job's logo
*paired with a mini tree for her first apt
Friend's Kid (2): Zebra softie
Friends Kid (4): Dog Softie
DNephew(4): Dog Softie
DStepmom Birthday: Yoga Bag

Felt ornaments for various friends/relatives:
3 wedding cakes (personalized to look like each couple's actual cake)
Sailboat
School Logos
Canadian Flag
Appalachian Trail Logo



Yet to do:
DDad(50's): Flannel PJ Pants
DStepmom(50's): Tote Bag (purple, her favorite color)
DBro (12) Flannel PJ Pants
DBro (25) Etched Beer Mugs with family initials
DSis-inLaw (23) Tokyo Tie Purse
DSis (24) Tokyo Tie Purse, Yoga Bag (bday)
Friend's Kid(12, girl): Cat Softie
DCousins (12, 14): Oragami lantern lights for room (each girl has a favorite color)
2 Cat Toys
5 Dog Toys
DSis's Boyfriend (24): Fleece Blanket with embroidered quote (the whole fam got these a few yrs back)
Friend's Kids: Bathroom Crayons (saw on this board, i believe! :o), might do these if I have time

More Felt ornaments to make:
Watercolor palette
Corporate Logo
Air Force Jet (x2)
Florida (x2)
Basketball
Fish
Cross
Mt. Everest

Whew, better get busy! :o)


I would love to see some pictures!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: green_olives on November 16, 2009 08:51:43 PM
This year I have decided that since money... and time... are tight that I'm not going to make everyone something big, just something small for close friends and immediate family, i just don't know what that small thing is yet! I need to read more of everyone elses posts to get some ideas!

But I do know that for my kids and bf i want to have a scavanger hunt of some sort. My oldest is 3 so she will get a kick out of it, the youngest is 7 months so I don't think she will care what we do! I was thinking have a map of the house drawn out and have her go to different places and there be a small gift hidden with a clue and then at the end there be one big gift.

 I also want to do a bunch of crackers? i think that's what they are called and have a different color for each person and my daughter would have to sort them out and we can all open them, maybe start a new tradition for the family!



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MonK on November 17, 2009 10:00:43 AM
thanks dancedupapillon, I've book marked that tutorial!

We decided to buy a sweatshirt for my FIL and stencil some guitars onto it. For my SIL we're making her a french memo board and putting some photos and notes into it before we ship it to her.

dnd4us -that snowman kit is so cute. We were going to make caramel popcorn or a similar treat for my husband's 5 year old cousin but if I have extra fabric lying around I might make her that instead.

We've started making the liquers with strawberry liquer, cranberry liquer and jolly rancher vodka all underway!



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: sunshinesmiles on November 17, 2009 01:53:25 PM
Family-
Mom: penguin pants, wine trivet set for her and her close friend, scarf, basically I can think of a lot of things to make my mom and know that she’ll love it!
Dad: I need help here! I made him a BBQ plate for Father’s Day and he absolutely loved it! And last year for Christmas I made him a travel coffee mug with pictures of us in it.
Brother: Tied fleece blanket and a magazine subscription… possibily a bulletin board. He’s a freshman in college, so if you have any other ideas, it would be appreciated!
Grandmothers: ornament and a photo book of their trip to San Diego from this summer
Extended Family: ornaments and those melted ice candles for each family (four total)
BF: a watch, tied fleece blanket with one side having a quote from our song, possibly a move-in basket since he’s moving out to San Diego at the end of the year and will have a new apt/condo
BF’s mom: a santa doll! She collects these and I’ve been trying to find a cute, easy pattern to make her one for a more personal touch, but no such luck.
BF’s dad: I have no idea. I might go in on a Wii with my boyfriend for his parents, so that could be part of it. I always get him the Hickory Farms sausage and cheese gift set
BF’s sister: painted plates and possibly embroidered placemats for her kitchen

Friends-
Roommate: a quilt (those easy ones that come in the little kit thing), an apron, and a scarf
BFF: a scarf and a pirate blanket I never made her. I’ve been wanting to get her a Juicy BFF necklace since she moved to Florida, but those are super expensive and I can never bring myself to buy it. Any ideas for something like that?
Former Roommate: a scarf
* I was also thinking about making a cute little clutch for all the girls and putting the scarf inside. My sewing skills really aren’t that great though, so I’m not sure about the clutch idea…
Pearl Family (sorority family): No clue. Something to do with pearls, but I don’t know. I gave them all picture frames with our family picture in it last year and I attempted to make ornaments, but those didn’t work out so I didn't give them. Maybe I’ll attempt it again this year, but any other ideas would be awesome!

Group gifts-
Coworkers: Cake in a mug and maybe some baked goods
Family I babysit for: I babysit their 4 month old son and he’s the cutest thing ever! I already have a crinkle stuffy and taggy animal that I made to give him. As for the parents, I know they love wine, so I was thinking doing another set of the wine trivets and maybe some charms. I also etch glass, so maybe doing that and just the wine charms? But I don’t know what to put on the glasses…
Sorority sisters that live in the house: I always buy the foam kits and make them cute little things for their doors
Sorority advisors: cake in a mug as well
Closer sorority sisters: probably cake in a mug. They have $1 mugs around this time of year at Michael’s, but I’ll see how many I have to make before investing


Wow. Just looking at this makes me tired! But feedback is much appreciated!!!  :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: barbee on November 17, 2009 02:56:12 PM
Everyone's lists look great!

This is what I have so far, mostly done but a few here and there need to get finished
Husband-dont' know not sure if I'll do anything. I finally finished him a blanket that I've been working on but I gave it to him early because I was so excited!
Daughter (10)-scarf/hoodie thing, slippers, fingerless gloves, blanket, headbands and a harry potter monster book with all the spells and a wand
Son(5)-memory game of pictures of the family and printed on fabric, crocheted football and baseball, crocheted gun, spiderman slippers, some stenciled shirts, apron, blanket and wand (to match sisters)
Son(5 months at Christmas)-fabric rings, felt name book, fabric blocks, crocheted bowling set, blanket, crochet balls, and crochet socks

Mom-crocheted snowflake scarf (inspired by one here on crafster), sweatshirt that I modified (cut up the front) and then put the kids handprints on, she is always cold! and I printed out pictures of each of my kids on the day they came home and put it in a frame
Dad-some magnets my kids made, golf pen holder, bought water canteen
Brother+his girlfriend-Apron for each of them (don't really know the girlfriend so just crossing my fingers), candles, etched mug for him, and then I got at the dollar store a loaf pan and going to do a beer bread mix
MIL-Flower Pens for her desk in a pot, pajama pants in farm print and then a shirt embroidered with her farmville character (from facebook, she loves farmville!)
FIL-etched mug (not sure what else)
SIL-(just got her first apartment)-apron, pot holders(bought but I embellished to match the apron), magnets, blanket and stenciled t-shirt
Other MIL-pot holders
FIL-a copy of their family crest in a frame










Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: myloveasdeep on November 17, 2009 07:26:11 PM
I think I have it all figured out now...

Husband: everything he wants is so expensive...possibly a photo album of shexy pictures of me..slippers...if I can get his parents to go halvsies, a playstation 3....anyone have any kickarse Transformers crafts? I already knitted him the reversible hat. This is an amazing piece I could probably pull off: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&item=110377985586
Transformers embroidered pillowcase, t-shirts, man cowl. crocheted Max doll from Sam and Max, altered hoodie to look like a Star Trek uniform, tiny sculpey Max for his car.
Best Friend: Giant cowl and elf slippers.
Best Friend's family:
Cinnamon soap, food items, bird feeder wreath, Red Riding Hood playset for little sister (6) to consist of a hood for her and a wolf mask for whoever she ropes into playing, along with a basket and maybe a copy of the book, felt cake. Kitty hat. Flower headbands.
Dad: scented candle I will make, a Beatles book I got at the library book sale, and some burned music my husband will pick. Dad is really a hopeless romantic and likes a lot of girly stuff, especially candles, roses, walks on the beach and the ilk.

Mom: Mossy Cowl http://www.knittingdaily.com/media/p/13992.aspx, locket with pictures of family, framed fancy picture of me and my husband. Maybe embroidered quote?
Sister (19) Mossy cowl and tissue paper pom poms to hang in her room. http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/pom-poms-and-luminarias Also I bought one of those magic hair net thingies for her. Picture of husband and me.

Brother (25) stenciled geeky shirt, Jayne hat



In-laws:
MIL: handwarmers and mossy cowl/possibly cornbag/candle/crocheted snowman http://www.roxycraft.com/crochet_bo_snowman.htm?
FIL: possible experience certificate of some kind/movie. He constantly buys far-too-expensive gifts for his family and has few interests...intimidating to buy for. Likes woodworking and movies, old Warner Brothers cartoons. Maybe a stenciled shirt with Papa Bear on it.
SIL (16): my husband is crocheting her a hyperbolic plane scarf
BIL (14): stenciled shirt


Aunt, Uncle and Grandmother on mom's side: food items (rich and minimalist. therefore do not want objects) tin can candles.

Aunt and grandma on dad's side: scented candles
Girl cousin: flower headbands and barrettes
 Boss and mentor: Cowls.
Other coworkers: food items. Unless there is a secret santa.



Ornaments for cousin's ornament exchange:
Yeti
knitted mouse
snowman head

Food items:

peppermint and dreamsicle bark
candy apples
hazelnut fudge


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: wanderluster on November 17, 2009 07:59:34 PM
I am hoping that by posting my list here I will motivate myself to GET IT DONE!

Mama: I'm going to decorate a cigar box with scrapbook paper and fill it with starbucks gift cards, lip balm and other little things, and reasons why I love her/ memories from when I was little. We have not historically gotten along very well and have lately been building a better relationship so I think this will help bring us closer and show her I really DO love her. TO DO: I need to look up some inspiration photos before I head to the scrapbook store so I don't go crazy in the store and decorate the outside. I'm slowly working on the list of things and will write them out nicely on cardstock I have in my stash.

Stepdad: I never have any idea of what to make for him so he gets store-bought stuff. I'm buying him a giant gummy bear (I'd like to buy this one: http://www.vat19.com/dvds/worlds-largest-gummy-bear.cfm but it's too expensive so I'm getting the smaller one on a stick) because he loves gummy bears.

Baby Brother M: He's 6 and one of my best friends (does that make me a dork haha?) I'll be making him A. a flip book (you know the ones that you can flip the top, middle, or bottom flaps to mix and match different bodies?) with his photo on one page and then different bodies (alligator, firefighter, star wars) he can mix and match with. TO DO: Find a good basic full body picture of him standing up. Draw out the various bodies and photocopy onto sturdy cardstock and then figure out how to bind it.
I will also be moving back home this year to finish school and save up money, so I'm making my family keep it a secret and I will announce it to him with a coupon book of fun things we can do together since I'll be around! (Extra sappy story: When the family was campaigning for me to move back he offered to give me his bed and said he would sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag :D ) TO DO: Finish list of coupon ideas (have any ideas?), Draw them out on sturdy cardstock with doodles around the edges and figure out how I'm going to bind them.

Baby Brother T: He's 2 and I call him the bully baby. He will steal your food, toys, clothes and then climb all over you to give you a kiss. I have NO IDEA what to make him. He doesn't sit still and mostly likes to steal his brothers toys lol. We like to play with those big plastic blocks or cars together so I was thinking of making him some knitted blocks but I don't know if that is too baby-ish? Help? TO DO: THINK OF THE ENTIRE GIFT!

Aunt: She's having her first baby! I'll definitely make her a baby blanket but I think I'll save that for a shower present because I want to save up for some really nice yarn. Any other quick or easy ideas? TO DO: Ummmm EVERYTHING!

That's it for now, I have some friends to make things for but I'm focusing on my familia first.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: barbee on November 18, 2009 03:24:12 PM
wanderluster, do you sew? if so there are some great ideas for babies, like cloth rings so they can chew on, maybe some bibs or some balls so they can throw you can put stuff in them to make them crinkle or a bell to make a sound. Or maybe put together a little book with family pictures make it out of fabric and vinyl or even just that new fabric that can be printed on and make it into a book.
for the 2 year old-my son loves balls that can be thrown inside, like footballs made out of cloth or yarn, or since you knit (not sure if they have these, I crochet sorry) but maybe colored fish with a fishing pole so he can learn his colors, or some sort of shape thing with felt to learn his shapes? I have boys and they love the rough and tumble stuff so anything that isn't too breakable and can be thrown, I think the block idea would be great. Or a memory game out of either fabric or lids and use stuff he likes as the items to find.
Hope some of that was helpful.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making? (
Post by: Bayliss126 on November 18, 2009 03:33:24 PM
Here are a few pictures of my felt ornaments (I designed and hand-sewed all of them)



Here we have (starting from the left and going clockwise):
-The logo for the Pennysylvania board of Law Examiners (brother just became a lawyer in PA)
-a drum
-piece of sushi
-suitcase
-watercolor palette
-donut


-Canadian flag
-Minature poodle
-White Coat (friend just started med school)
-Boxing glove (says "everlast")
-Appalachian trail logo
-sailboat


Zebra Stuffie from Sock & Glove Book


Felt Ornament of Air Force F-117A Stealth Bomber (Nighthawk) Plane


Wedding Cake- designed to look like my bro & Sis-in-Law's cake, each layer has it's own design


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on November 18, 2009 04:30:21 PM
i love the doughnut ornament!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Bayliss126 on November 18, 2009 09:06:19 PM
Thanks! I got such a kick out of doing the sprinkles! My best friend and I have a running joke about Dunkin Donuts, so I embroided the joke on the back...She's actually getting a whole mini tree full of ornaments! :o)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: wanderluster on November 18, 2009 10:08:40 PM
wanderluster, do you sew? if so there are some great ideas for babies, like cloth rings so they can chew on, maybe some bibs or some balls so they can throw you can put stuff in them to make them crinkle or a bell to make a sound. Or maybe put together a little book with family pictures make it out of fabric and vinyl or even just that new fabric that can be printed on and make it into a book.
for the 2 year old-my son loves balls that can be thrown inside, like footballs made out of cloth or yarn, or since you knit (not sure if they have these, I crochet sorry) but maybe colored fish with a fishing pole so he can learn his colors, or some sort of shape thing with felt to learn his shapes? I have boys and they love the rough and tumble stuff so anything that isn't too breakable and can be thrown, I think the block idea would be great. Or a memory game out of either fabric or lids and use stuff he likes as the items to find.
Hope some of that was helpful.

I am a very very beginner sewer but that gave me the idea of a name book out of felt!

Thanks very much for your input on the knitted block idea! My brothers are the same way- someone always gets an action figure or toy car to the head when they're playing. Oooh there's got to be some way to make a bowling set- that would be fun.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: lacyjae on November 19, 2009 02:08:03 PM
Okay, I have a quick gift query for you guys and gals:

I have a number of gifts planned for my boyfriend, but his current obsession is Dragon Age and I'd like to throw something related in the mix. Problem? I've only seen the shortest bit of conversation from the game. (I fear actually watching, because I'm already so behind on school I don't need a game to obsess over lol)... Any thoughts?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: redheadedrowdy on November 19, 2009 10:15:14 PM
So many great ideas here...
I LOVE those felt ornaments, bayliss. So cute and personalized. The PA Bar logo one is amazing!

Update on my crafting...
I am making those cookie sheet magnet boards (I forget who posted the link, sorry) for my boyfriend's mom and for my brother's fiancée.
Also decided to make personalized luggage tags for my immediate family because our Christmas present from the parents is our annual family cruise. Not quite sure how I'm doing it yet..

Does anyone have some cute ideas for pins? My mom likes to wear them to work so I was thinking about making a few different ones (she's a nurse, so maybe something relating to that... she usually only wears them for different holidays)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Bayliss126 on November 19, 2009 10:37:28 PM
Thanks Redheaded rowdy...my bro thinks the PA Bar logo is the coolest thing since sliced bread and has been talking about since he took the bar in July...so I can't wait to see his face when he opens this ornament on Christmas morning! :o)

I freehanded the embroidery just from looking at the printed logo so it was quite the feat..can't say I'd ever embroidered a horse before-let alone two!

Here's a couple more ornaments:


Top row: Friend's apartment building, Eiffel Tower, State of Florida
Bottom Row: Starbucks cup, Basketball, School Logo


Some more wedding cakes...the black/white one has silver linked hearts on each layer, the top one has two rows of tiny heart embroidered on each layer, and the four layer one had a tiny embroidered version of a willow tree figurine on the top..wish these photographed better!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: wanderluster on November 20, 2009 05:45:34 AM

Also decided to make personalized luggage tags for my immediate family because our Christmas present from the parents is our annual family cruise. Not quite sure how I'm doing it yet..

Does anyone have some cute ideas for pins? My mom likes to wear them to work so I was thinking about making a few different ones (she's a nurse, so maybe something relating to that... she usually only wears them for different holidays)

For the luggage tags- I once made some from felt and embroidered a design on one side. I wish I had pictures, but I made it like a sandwich- Embroidered felt front, paper with address and name next, layer of something clear like a thin vinyl?, then another layer of felt with a window cut out so it holds it all in there. I also stuck an elastic hair tie in the middle so the tag could be attached to a handle securely.

For pins- Sculpey or some other sort of clay? You can varnish them to seal them and make them look really great. Thrift stores also always have some fun clip on earrings or old broken necklaces you can create into pins!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Onyxnox on November 22, 2009 11:11:05 AM
You could use that more industrial, stiffer, thicker felt that can be bought at the fabric store, versus the craft felt - it seems smoother and more durable.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: pops on November 22, 2009 12:48:42 PM
ok, here's what i'm making/have made...

mum - needlebook of grey/red fabric & felt
dad - zip pouch for insulin needles & book
nana - glasses case and decoupaged frames for my kids school pics

friends - mini soaps, crocheted washcloths, felt brooches

kids teachers - solid perfumes (waiting for supplies!), gingerbread tree ornaments

sisiter in law #1 - crocheted mittens, crochet hook roll
sister in law #2 - felt keyring, knitting needle roll
sister in law #3 - fleece cat ears hat, spatz style wristwarmers, both in hot pink!

that's so far!
will be back with more :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: b2j2fitz on November 22, 2009 09:16:14 PM
One gift done...and tons to go!



inside pockets

Read more about it here

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=328890.0
or here...
http://vibrantdesignsbyjulianne.blogspot.com/2009/11/sewing-again.html

enjoy  :) C/C welcome too!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: pops on November 23, 2009 03:51:41 AM
that's lovely - you've got such good finish quality! *shamed*

:P


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: somethingcelestual on November 24, 2009 10:43:57 PM
i made some old, chipped teacups into candles. i plan on sewing in thermal thread into some socks & gloves for my man & also putting everything in handmade bags: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327336.0

i go to school for environmental design, so one can see my reasoning behind my diy-ing & recycling!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Child of the Woods on November 26, 2009 07:33:38 AM
Hello all,

I'm new although I have been lurking around yout awesome posts and projects for a while  ;D anyway....today I felt like I had to post as I am so excited.

I had a day of work today and I made my very first christmas tree decoration!!!!! I know this doesnt sound like much but i've never really made anything from scratch before and I'm actually pretty proud of how it turned out......especially since I had to sew and me and sewing just don't mix!

Anyway I made a little cushion star from some scrap christmassy material I got yesterday.

Thank you everyone for all your inspiration....hopefully this is the start to me making lots of stuff in the future!!

Child of the Woods xxx


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: faithgirl on November 27, 2009 11:20:10 AM
OKay wow i am soo far behind than usal :o
but anyway here is my list:
Mom: not quite sure yet probably a DVD of our family or a cookbook
she likes cooking and stuff for her home
Dad: No clue He likes pictures and photography
Sister (8 ) scarf, some old books i have that she will like, ornements
Brother (5); ah he is one of my hardest to make for. i dont know what to get him. i was consindering making him some pillow cases but not really sure he loves cars and trains
older auntie i dont know what to get her i dont see her that often so i dont know what she likes exept that she LOVES cooking/baking
girl cousin(3) i think i am going to make her a pillow or a bear
BFF i made her a pillow that says 'one day i'll be famous" from one of my old shirts, and made her a necklace
BFF 2 i made her a scarf and a neclace
other friedns(Girls 13/14 not sure what to make them beacuse i need to get them something taht they will aperciate beacuse a lot of tehm have liike EVERYTHING and arent used to homemade things do ya
Grandparents DVD form imovie
piano teacher maybye a apron
anyway thats pretty much it


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: greenfaerie on November 28, 2009 11:22:49 PM
Okay, I'm in:

MIL: (Always hardest to pick for, lol) bread warmer stone and photos
FIL: Civil War era something or other
BIL: Anime/nerd tile coasters
SIL: Something LOTR related or dragon related

Grandpa: something decor with a Hampshire pig/llama/mule or something on it
Grandma: rice pain pillow for knee

Mom: rice pain pillow, maybe slippers, maybe patchwork something, origami mobile for studio
Dad: Hrm...

Friend J: tile coasters with serial killer/Silence of the Lambs related stuff
Friend C: Hrm...
Friend A: hubby wants to give her a gift card
Friend L and S: tile coasters with Eddie Izzard or history themes

Husband: hrm...



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Onyxnox on November 29, 2009 05:35:32 AM
that is a beautiful bag - love the structure of it. 

So far I have made the felted snowball heads to add to packages, some painted cold porcelain snowflakes to add to packages.  The body parts of 5 knit gnomes.  Some stenciled bags and t-shirts.  I have some ideas for edible goodies.  A lot of tile pendents.  I am sooooooo behind.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: altarimage on November 29, 2009 03:49:08 PM
I have no idea what I want to make for my Christmas gifts this year. Usually I'll cook for the family since cooking is one of my favorite things ever. My main problem is what I'm gonna make for my boyfriend. This is our first Christmas together and I don't really have the money to buy things, plus I want it to special and all that jazz. :P Let's see, he's really into Star Wars, computers, rare coins, and Germany (it's his heritage). I'm usually very creative, I guess I'm just having a hard time figuring out what I wanna do since I want him to like what I make. If yall have any ideas, that would be uber helpful. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Cazzdevil on November 30, 2009 05:09:45 AM
Well, inspired by this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206746.0 I'm making a set of Star Wars Christmas baubles for my beloved Star-Wars-mad brother.  I've done the R2D2, Boba Fett, Death Star and Darth Maul already and have yet to do the C3PO, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, Yoda and Chewie (Yoda and Chewie aren't baubles, they'll be made out of fake fur and then stuffed).  I was also thinking about making a Princess Leia "angel" to sit on top of the tree...

I'll post photos when they're all finished if anyone's interested.  He's 33 by the way...  ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: kaz814 on December 01, 2009 12:08:13 PM
Well, inspired by this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206746.0 I'm making a set of Star Wars Christmas baubles for my beloved Star-Wars-mad brother.  I've done the R2D2, Boba Fett, Death Star and Darth Maul already and have yet to do the C3PO, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, Yoda and Chewie (Yoda and Chewie aren't baubles, they'll be made out of fake fur and then stuffed).  I was also thinking about making a Princess Leia "angel" to sit on top of the tree...

I'll post photos when they're all finished if anyone's interested.  He's 33 by the way...  ;)

I would LOVE to see them!  Especially the Leia topper!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: veganruthie on December 01, 2009 12:37:08 PM
I finally decided on my gifts for people.

Basket with homemade pickles, homemade bread, soap from the farmers market and a personalized embroidered tea towel. I hope they like!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: pops on December 02, 2009 05:53:45 AM
i would i would! :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: shaoono on December 03, 2009 08:11:23 PM
Ahh so
I know I'm way late on making my lists
but I always get to busy during the year to keep in touch with craftster but never forget it at Christmas time. It helps me with tons of ideas. So here's my list... and I've barley started any of it so I'm going crazy with crafting.

For the Boy:
not completely sure cause I've been making him stuff all year. he loves my paintings so i may do one of the halo chief for him. the one he actually uses with his armor and such. I'm i wanna think of something star trekish to do for him but i haven't figured that out yet.... other than that he wants me to buy him a watch.... lame lol

for his parents.... he wont tell me anything but snowman....... and that's just his mom I know his dads into his iphone and cars and stuff like that but I dunno what to give or make him. I've only met them a few time sna have that odd feeling they're not to fond of me but they're still nice. So Id like to fix that ya know? For his mom I'm making her a snow man wreath that I saw at work ( I work at Michael's crafts =)  and  snow man ornaments and a snowman mosaic.... any other ideas for his dad are way welcome... or him even

as for my family....

My grandma who i lived with for years:  A wooden family tree out of some tree cut out i found at work I'm going to paint and add scrapbook tags with pictures in for the leaves. As well as a shadow box of my mom and uncle and pap for her who have all passed. L( Last year I made her a quilt of my paps shirts and she cried happy tears for days. She wont let me buy her gifts ever again)   Also want to do a Tiled picture of her and my pap as well as mosaics of me and my brother ... but the mosaic portraits aren't going as planned..... the tute i found looked awesome... but i cant seem to get pieces to break enough to look like i need them http://www.instructables.com/id/SE29OCLFTY4BV1T/  (http://www.instructables.com/id/SE29OCLFTY4BV1T/) there's the tute if ya have any tips for me..

My aunt who's like a mom to me.... as well as my uncle they usually get joint gifts.....- snow man wreath picture box filled with Candy's and notes for them , mosaic of my cousin.... who i attempted firstand it just doesn't look right so they might jut get a tile transfer picture instead.... they are getting a tile transfer pic of their wedding picture   http://www.instructables.com/id/SF2GNFFFA0CVDLD/ (http://www.instructables.com/id/SF2GNFFFA0CVDLD/) < tile transfer tute link ... as well as a snowman wreath. I'd like some more ideas for them but I just cant think of anything else

my aunt is getting a lightbox with her works logo on it for her office. ( she owns a century 21 branch so ill make it gold and black)
http://www.instructables.com/id/S64EBLOG1QWB5NL/ (http://www.instructables.com/id/S64EBLOG1QWB5NL/) < lightbox tute
and I'm gonna try to make her a little picture thing on her desk that has a slot for each day of the week and an extra one that says put a smile on your face and I'm going to put a little saying for each day... she always loves something extra to clutter up her desk =P

My uncles birthday is Christmas and he turned 50 a few years ago and i started calling him and old fart and have had gifts with that theme going now.... I've always made him some kind of birthday hat or crown to pick on hima and made him wear it in all the Christmas home videos...... I found a store with king hats and  write on it for him... when i was little i always got him coffee mugs and baseball hats cause that's what he really uses.... so this year i got one of those extra huge coffee cups from Michael's and am filling it with tiny hats for dolls each with different saying on it for him as a joke... but I'm going to make him a real sized hat that says " I'm and old fart but my kids still love me" on it.... he'll love it ha ha.


as for my friends and little brothers ....

They re all getting light boxes with their name on them ... and spray art paintings...
I recently had a lady bring a piece of spray art in to get framed at work and i fell in love with it and couldn't believe it was done completely in spray paint so i looked into it... he res a link  : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lVgwoK6cMY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lVgwoK6cMY) they re actually really easy and fun! my boyfriend can even do them =P and hes umm... well he calls it " art special" haha cause I'm all artsy and he cant  draw a straight line....

Ummmm I'm still trying to find some more little things to do.... even though I'm way behind as it is ha ha i should get working. My dorm room is full of nothing but craft supplies.!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: liz_loves_tone on December 03, 2009 09:31:22 PM
new at this whole thing...and WAYYYY behind on my presents this year!!

i already bought a couple presents for my husband, but i usually make him something special and im out of ideas!! i recently made him a memory box which turned out AWESOME and also one of the ...52 things i love about you cards.
i REALLLLY need a new idea for something i can make before christmas time!!! any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! normally i do a "lovey dovey" thing...but im thinking maybe something to do with cars?! he is an artist and also does auto-body work, specifically with Honda's. ANY IDEAS?

I started too late and i am also in the last few weeks of my semester so i won't be crafting everyones presents this year....besides my immediate family usually prefers boughten gifts

I would like to make some presents for my grandma grandpa and cousins....not sure what though...

--my grandpa recently had 3 major heart surgeries and isn't mobile at all, he has a long recovery ahead of him. any ideas of a good gift for him?

thanks :)



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: yossarian on December 04, 2009 06:44:15 PM
I have no idea what most people in my life will be getting for christmas.

Mum and my best friend are easy, they are both getting (well my friend already has hers..) dresses I made earlier this year that just happened to fit and suit them perfectly. So they are sorted. I might make mum a wee something else too, though I am complelty unsure what..maybe a nice piece of jewellery??

My 22 yo sister...Hmm, I really have no idea. I guess I could make her a dress as well. But I have NO money, so I will have to search my fabric stash for something that would suit her, or find some cheapo fabric. I also do not have an overlocker, so I wont be able to make the seams nice, or learn how to do french seams. Anyone have good tutes for that?

My brothers (17 and 15) NO IDEA!!! They love gaming and stuff. One of them lives and works on a dairy farm so I thought it could be funny to give him cow related things.

Also stuck on my dad. I might just make him some fudge or something, and put it in a nice jar..?

These are the only people I will be giving gifts to. I am not really into giving gifts to my whole extended family and all my friends.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dancedupapillon on December 05, 2009 07:43:27 AM
teenaged boys are hard to gift for!  Rice bags are nice and generally well accepted.  If you knit or crochet, there are lots of nice basic hat patterns, seeing as plain tuques and beanies are in style for young men these days.  Since you sew, and you wanted to do something cow related, you could make a cow stuffy with a little zippered inner pocket to hide stuff in.  You could fill it with candy.  Also, stuffies of characters from their favorite video games might go over well, or stencilled shirts or even a painting, if that's one of the things you do.  The best present my sister and I ever made my brother was a denim quilt made of old jeans.  We made it in a couple days with two sewing machines going and backed it in a flannel with a vintage car print.  He has it on his bed, even if it's a little too small :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Manji on December 05, 2009 11:01:08 AM
My immediate family and roommate are getting snuggies from me.

Yes.

Snuggies.

But I need something I can give to people at work, etc that take less effort. Any suggestions?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MaxParadise on December 05, 2009 03:32:14 PM
Okay so here's a somewhat updated list:

Daddy-o - I bought him this book he's been wanting and I want to make him a bookmark to go along with it. This is kinda a stupid question to ask, since bookmarks are probably the easiest things in the word to make, but does any one have any...not exactly tutorials, but maybe know of any websites that have some cool looking bookmarks to give me ideas? I wanna do more than just cut a piece of paper into a long rectangle, ya know?

I also made him a blanket/quilt out of some 49er fabric (his favorite team) and it came out pretty awesome if I do say so myself, lol! I'm gonna have to take and post a pic.

Mommy- I love my mommy! She's so awesome. I got her a couple things she's been wanting/needing and I also want to make her a little make-up bag and a little roll-up type thing  (ya know, like the rolls you make for crochet/knitting needles) for her make-up brushes.

Daddy-o and Mom together - I bought them a new cookbook and I'm going to make them a dessert recipe book to go along with it. Also a gift card to go out to dinner to go along with it!

Nephew #1-8 years old, about to be 9. The husband and I bought him Rockband for his PS3, since he's really been wanting it! I'd love to make him something, but a little clueless as to what...

Nephew #2 - 2 years old, about to be 3. I made him a train plushie out of felt. I also what to make a couple cars (well, a car and a truck!) to go along with it. I also needa take pics of that!)

Brother and Sis-in-law - We got them some gift cards and I also want to  make them some Skittle Infused Vodka.

The Husband - I actually didn't make him that much stuff this year =(. I bought him some Wii games I know he's been wanting, some shirts from Threadless.com, and some other stuff. For his stocking I'm making him a little coupon book (printing out as I type!) and a little Pooh Bear out of fleece! I LOVE Winnie the Pooh and have about a bajillion of 'em. He was saying the other day how he doesn't have one that's just his, lol! I've also been wanting FOREVER to make him some sort of artwork that has the lyrics to our wedding/first dance song on it. It's "Wake Up" by Coheed and Cambria. Any ideas on how to go about this? Or any links to websites that have to do with mixed-media and/or text art?

Well, that's about it. As mentioned in a last post, my crafting list came way down, since I will not be crafting for his fam. Oh, and some baking of course!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: yossarian on December 05, 2009 05:18:39 PM
teenaged boys are hard to gift for!  Rice bags are nice and generally well accepted.  If you knit or crochet, there are lots of nice basic hat patterns, seeing as plain tuques and beanies are in style for young men these days.  Since you sew, and you wanted to do something cow related, you could make a cow stuffy with a little zippered inner pocket to hide stuff in.  You could fill it with candy.  Also, stuffies of characters from their favorite video games might go over well, or stencilled shirts or even a painting, if that's one of the things you do.  The best present my sister and I ever made my brother was a denim quilt made of old jeans.  We made it in a couple days with two sewing machines going and backed it in a flannel with a vintage car print.  He has it on his bed, even if it's a little too small :)

Thanks a lot for the great ideas!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: DancinInTheDark on December 05, 2009 05:23:01 PM
I already have the stuff for my friends made! Well, almost-I need to get off of here and go finish it.  :P I made them pencil holders, mint holders, and little trays for paper clips or other small things they use.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: rainbow_vomit on December 05, 2009 10:01:11 PM
I too am making all the gifts I'm giving out this year:

Mom: not sure yet, but it will probably be jewelry since she loves my jewelry.
Aunt: Colored pencil drawing of christmas bulbs. she loves anything and everything christmas- her house is like winter wonder land...  :-\
Uncle: I'm turning two of his favorite band t-shirts into pillows.
Grandma: making one of those super easy fleece throw blankets.
Grandpa: .... I'm stumped for him.  :-\ I was thinking an apron maybe since he likes to cook, but i know he'd never wear it.  :P he's hard to get gifts for.
Brother and Sister (1 month and 18 months): probably stuffed animals- except these will be child-proofed versions.

also i'm making stuffed animals for my aunt's friend's daughters as well.

luckily all these things are easy cause i don't have much time left  :P


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cpkchic on December 05, 2009 10:16:57 PM
This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dancedupapillon on December 05, 2009 10:45:17 PM
This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!

What about a paper making kit?  I don't know if she's into that kind of thing, but if she's crafty like her mama, she might like that she can make beautiful things while helping to save the earth!  If you knit, this is a cute toy she might like, Sally the Eco Fairy http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html) You could also make her a tee-shirt so she can show off her green-ness with pride.  As for plastic bags, my grandma used to cut them into yarn and crochet  totes out of them.  It might be a neat kind of re-usable bag to package the stuff in.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Willowe on December 07, 2009 12:03:33 PM
So it's a bit late on my part, but this is what I have planned for Christmas gifts this year:

Older Sister: 3 or 4 skeins of handspun yarn - One done
Younger Sister: Monster Purse - Crocheted part done, need to line it and add straps
Mom: "Veggie Bag" (mesh bag for potatoes, onions, etc.)
Dad: Stencilled shirt
Nana: Stencilled Tote
Papa: Crocheted Socks
Grandma and Grandpa: Crocheted blanket
Friend: Hat w/ ears and a felt monster
Aunt #1: Croc slippers
Aunt #2: Two hats - One started

Ahhh, too much still to do! :o


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Mrs_P on December 07, 2009 03:07:24 PM
to cpkchic :
what about a reusable water bottle (plastic or stainless steel) made of of recycled materials (I'm thinking surely there must be that type of things around)?  Also you could run up a few hankies out of fabric scraps and/or a few packets of veggie seeds to plant in the spring?
Happy holidays!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Willowe on December 08, 2009 01:47:18 PM
If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!

What about a little book of tree/plant ID? You could even make a little journal where she could press and keep the leaves of the various trees. It's not about recycling, but if she's interested in saving the planet she might want to know what species she's helping. ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on December 08, 2009 10:22:12 PM
This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!

What about a paper making kit?  I don't know if she's into that kind of thing, but if she's crafty like her mama, she might like that she can make beautiful things while helping to save the earth!  If you knit, this is a cute toy she might like, Sally the Eco Fairy http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html) You could also make her a tee-shirt so she can show off her green-ness with pride.  As for plastic bags, my grandma used to cut them into yarn and crochet  totes out of them.  It might be a neat kind of re-usable bag to package the stuff in.

What about craft "kits" that use recycled materials. Put the recycle materials in craft kits and include instructions so she and her friends can do them with your help.   :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Hika-chan on December 09, 2009 01:38:23 PM
This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!

What about a paper making kit?  I don't know if she's into that kind of thing, but if she's crafty like her mama, she might like that she can make beautiful things while helping to save the earth!  If you knit, this is a cute toy she might like, Sally the Eco Fairy http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html) You could also make her a tee-shirt so she can show off her green-ness with pride.  As for plastic bags, my grandma used to cut them into yarn and crochet  totes out of them.  It might be a neat kind of re-usable bag to package the stuff in.

What about craft "kits" that use recycled materials. Put the recycle materials in craft kits and include instructions so she and her friends can do them with your help.   :)


My daughter is 4 and is also into the "Green"thinking. I got her a small tree that she can care for and a pot she can decorate for it. And then when the tree outgrows the pot, we will transfer it to our local park area, its like a huge forest. But you could do something smaller like an herb. That way she can learn about the oxygen that plants make and in the spring she can learn about the uses of the herb.

My daughter is also getting a solar kit. You put it together and it has all of these activities to do that measures solar waves and repowers solar things like solar lights. I found mine at big lots, so it's deffinatly geared more towards kids. But there might be other activity sets like that that you can find somewhere near you.

Good luck.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: wanderluster on December 09, 2009 08:40:40 PM
I love that your daughter is so into recycling- all these ideas are AWESOME too.

I had to scrap the huge gummy bear idea for my stepfather and so now am wondering if you guys had any ideas for cute or funny ways to gift him a boatload of cashews and gummy bears? He loves cashews and gummy bears (they're one of the few sweets he likes) but every time he turns around the rest of the family (I'm guilty of cashew stealing I'll admit it!) has demolished his stock haha. So I want to buy a TON of the two things but I want it to be more special than "Here's a giant bag of snacks." Also, any suggestions on good places to buy these in bulk?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on December 09, 2009 08:51:56 PM
I love that your daughter is so into recycling- all these ideas are AWESOME too.

I had to scrap the huge gummy bear idea for my stepfather and so now am wondering if you guys had any ideas for cute or funny ways to gift him a boatload of cashews and gummy bears? He loves cashews and gummy bears (they're one of the few sweets he likes) but every time he turns around the rest of the family (I'm guilty of cashew stealing I'll admit it!) has demolished his stock haha. So I want to buy a TON of the two things but I want it to be more special than "Here's a giant bag of snacks." Also, any suggestions on good places to buy these in bulk?

Winco sells cashews in bulk...not sure about gummy bears though (but they do have other candies so you could look)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 09, 2009 09:26:27 PM
This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!
I make things out of recycled  vertical blinds. There are some ornaments my swap partner just posted tonight. It's in the Christ-Centered Christmas Swap gallery. They are just traced from cookie cutters, punched out holes, and painted, plus glitter spray. Super easy. These things can be used for all kinds of things. I used them inside the cover of a crochet hook roll, they curve , so the curve was useful. Give her some of these, cut down to  manageable pieces. I use them as bands in my windsocks.
You could even make doll house furniture. Just use them for the structural parts, then cover with glue, felt, or fabric, or paint. They can be sewn, glued, or wired together. Make little garden signs.  They can even be used as garden plot barriers. Get the idea?
  Can't you tell, this has become one of my favorite recon materials!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dancedupapillon on December 10, 2009 09:28:03 AM
I love that your daughter is so into recycling- all these ideas are AWESOME too.

I had to scrap the huge gummy bear idea for my stepfather and so now am wondering if you guys had any ideas for cute or funny ways to gift him a boatload of cashews and gummy bears? He loves cashews and gummy bears (they're one of the few sweets he likes) but every time he turns around the rest of the family (I'm guilty of cashew stealing I'll admit it!) has demolished his stock haha. So I want to buy a TON of the two things but I want it to be more special than "Here's a giant bag of snacks." Also, any suggestions on good places to buy these in bulk?

I think you should make him a bunch of different stash boxes, and fill them with cashews or gummy bears.  Think book safes, hidden compartment stuffies, matryoshka dolls, decorated cigar boxes, little pouches to keep in his pockets, that kind of thing. Make a bunch of them, so he can hide his stashes in various places at home, at work, in his coat pockets, ect.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cpkchic on December 11, 2009 09:11:11 AM
I had to scrap the huge gummy bear idea for my stepfather and so now am wondering if you guys had any ideas for cute or funny ways to gift him a boatload of cashews and gummy bears? He loves cashews and gummy bears (they're one of the few sweets he likes) but every time he turns around the rest of the family (I'm guilty of cashew stealing I'll admit it!) has demolished his stock haha. So I want to buy a TON of the two things but I want it to be more special than "Here's a giant bag of snacks." Also, any suggestions on good places to buy these in bulk?


My dad has the same problem!!  My daughter and I came up with an idea that will keep his stash safe from the horde of granddaughters running around everywhere.  We took an old popcorn tin, one of the large ones that you can get a christmas with the 3 different kinds of popcorn in, and we went to the store and purchased 2 small locks and latches, and attached them to the can with a small screwdriver.  And then we filled it with all his favorite snacks and I sat it out with the grandkids to amke sure they couldn't find a way into it, lol.  After 2 days they gave up and "Pop's" snack and stash is once a again safe.  We also made him a special keychain with foam beads from the $ store that says Pop's stash, and attached the keys to it.  It took a little work but Pops is very very happy now that he has his own stash, lol.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 11, 2009 10:36:21 AM
  What a great idea! My mom could use a tin like that to keep me out of her cookies! I recently dropped a huge tin full of cookies upside down, when I was trying to sneak one. I broke lots. Then, I had to confess to the crime before she opened it! The lock may have kept me out of trouble in the first place! LOL!
  She's in there right now baking her gingerbread cookies. You'd think she'd she'd just give me a couple so I'd go away!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Willowe on December 12, 2009 11:46:37 AM
Okay, MAJOR help needed! I'm going to send a package to a friend of mine early Monday or Tuesday (since she lives in western Canada and I in eastern USA) and one of the gifts I was going to make her completely fell through today! She's 16 and is very artistic. She also likes cats, small cute furry things, and music. Her favorite colors are black, silver, and purple. Any ideas for a last minute gift for her???


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 12, 2009 02:39:13 PM
A string of beads with a cute kitty pendant? Or a charm bracelet, with all those things... except the furry stuff.  A purse with all those elements?
A Christmas stocking with all those elements?
A Sock-cat? Sew up a fabric-striped fluffy scarf,(Black, Silver and Purple) with the ends to look like a kitty's head and tail, made from socks.
(Use some fake fur and velvet, with a print worked in.) EASY, Fast!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MsMia on December 12, 2009 04:46:06 PM
Okay, MAJOR help needed! I'm going to send a package to a friend of mine early Monday or Tuesday (since she lives in western Canada and I in eastern USA) and one of the gifts I was going to make her completely fell through today! She's 16 and is very artistic. She also likes cats, small cute furry things, and music. Her favorite colors are black, silver, and purple. Any ideas for a last minute gift for her???

Pencil/pens/marker roll up in her fave colors
Pencil/pen/marker holder cups in fave color
Personalized storage boxes for her crafts or supplies
Decorated journals or photo albums
Jars of whimsies
fat quarter fabric
take paint brushes and decoupage the handles or paint the handles in her fave colors
Make photo frames in her fave colors


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FoxyBlue on December 12, 2009 05:05:54 PM
Hi! I've been lurking forever, but have decided to make a post!

For my daughter for Christmas, I've made Sally the Eco fairy (knitty 2007) but with my own twist! My blog is http://foxyblueandfamilytoo.blogspot.com/ if you want to check her out :) I've had a lot of fun knitting her. Unfortunately, I haven't made much else this year...I may make her some little finger puppets for her stocking and some mitts for my boys...but that's if I have the time! It's only 13 days til Christmas! Wow!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 12, 2009 08:39:17 PM
Hi FoxyBlue!
Finger puppets sounds like a great idea! Maybe I can put a few together for my friend's kids! Thanks for the idea! Time's running out... my gifts have to be shipped from Arizona to Michigan!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: J_Kieviet on December 12, 2009 09:33:02 PM
So far I have made:

-2 nightgowns (1 was for Dec 6th)
-4 pairs of pyjamas (2 were for Dec 6th)
-2 "sinterklaas day" outfits (Dec 6th)
-2 dresses
-cactus garden
-stacking toy
-Christmas quilt
-crochet set

I still have to make the following:
-2 dresses
-2 nightgowns
-tablecloth
-placemats
-art smock
-nekomimi doll
-7 Ice cube ornaments
-12 Christmas cards
-christmas package tags


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cait2424 on December 12, 2009 11:17:17 PM
This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!

It might be a little much but you could get her a screen so she can make her own recycled paper. Its a little intensive to make the framing and stuff, and the first few goes are always interesting but once its done and you have the hang of it making the paper is fun and easy. As a plus you can recycle almost any paper products.

Here is a pretty good link of how it's done!

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/makingpaper.html


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FoxyBlue on December 13, 2009 06:13:49 AM
KLKING - I guess we better hustle, huh? At least those knit up QUICK!!!! Happy knitting and can't wait to see pics!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FoxyBlue on December 13, 2009 06:27:44 AM
Found a REALLY cute, simple, fast knitting pattern for last minute presents for little girls (or women who are little girls at heart, such as myself ;).
http://o.b5z.net/i/u/10071854/f/Z-FREEairyfairy.pdf


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Crying Goddess on December 13, 2009 10:57:27 AM
For my girlfriends I'm giving them homemade jewelry
For the boyfriend I'm giving him an Ipod case
And everyone is getting tasty goodies.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: maximumRABBIT on December 13, 2009 11:47:24 AM
i am making hair clips like these





for all my little girl cousins

and these brooches for the grown-up girls



Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 13, 2009 12:26:29 PM
KLKING - I guess we better hustle, huh? At least those knit up QUICK!!!! Happy knitting and can't wait to see pics!
Actually, due to supplies on hand, I'm thinking of mostly felt. I have some floss and yarn that may be good for hair, but not for all over details.
Those hair clips are great too~!
I should be able to have something together in the next few days. Thanks for all the ideas!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cpkchic on December 13, 2009 09:12:58 PM
Thank you everyone for the great ideas I am sure my daughter will love them  ;D.

BUT....

I forgot teachers gift, she is only in preschool but there are 3 teachers in her class and I know that there days are stressful with 24 3-5 yr olds.  Here is the issue of of them can't have sweets, and I would feel bad take two of them baked goodies and not the other one. 

I have no idea what to do for them and I am almost out of time to do it !Thursday is the last day of school until January 5th.  I would really like it to be something that my daughter can help with.  Any ideas?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 13, 2009 09:27:53 PM
Try to find a recipie for non-sugar treats, or take the one a nicely wrapped fruit basket, even with dried fruit and low-salt nuts. Trader Joe's and similar stores are great for this. Then, go ahead and give the others the baked treats. Perhaps wrapping them all in the same type of basket or tin would make for some equality.... In fact the other 2 teachers may just prefer the natural snacks as well.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: FIFI on December 14, 2009 03:35:43 AM
How about a nice bookmark? You can cut them out of colored cardstock and hole punch the top for a tassel. Or you can buy the premade ones at the craft store. Your daughter can make a little drawing on them. And it is useful!

FiFi


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: pops on December 14, 2009 05:54:33 AM
i lik ethe bookmark idea - my ds2's nursery has 5 teachers/assistants! i have done peppermint fondants and will be doing gingerbread cookies too, but bookmarks will be a good thing for ds2 to help with!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: dancedupapillon on December 14, 2009 04:02:20 PM
Thank you everyone for the great ideas I am sure my daughter will love them  ;D.

BUT....

I forgot teachers gift, she is only in preschool but there are 3 teachers in her class and I know that there days are stressful with 24 3-5 yr olds.  Here is the issue of of them can't have sweets, and I would feel bad take two of them baked goodies and not the other one. 

I have no idea what to do for them and I am almost out of time to do it !Thursday is the last day of school until January 5th.  I would really like it to be something that my daughter can help with.  Any ideas?

As a teachers' daughter, I think food gifts are great for educators.  They get way too many candles and mugs...
 I would make up a soup mix.  Layer things like split peas, lentils, beans, and dehydrated veggies in a jar and make a little satchet with spices/bouillon and put that just under the lid.  Make a little tag with directions and voila! beautiful and useful present.  There are recipes on the internet.  It's great, because you can toss it in a slow cooker and now have to worry about making supper when they get home.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: lacyjae on December 17, 2009 11:13:57 PM
HELP!!

I've come up with most of my gifts, but time is running out and I need some ideas for couples! I've got two couples that don't live together, I want to give a gift to them as a couple, maybe a 'gift in a basket' kinda idea, but I'm really not sure what that could be. Can anyone help me out?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: MonK on December 18, 2009 05:35:15 AM
Could you do a blanket and some homemade hot cocoa and caramel popcorn?


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Onyxnox on December 18, 2009 06:08:08 AM
Agree - for the couple, a food gift may be nice.  I have done baskets with homemade flavoured teas, with cookies, and sweet breads, with personalized mugs, and coasters or cozies.  You could add chocolate dipped spoons, things like vanilla infused sugar.  Either mugs for the home, or travel mugs for work.  Or cocoa with homemade marshmallows, pimped up peppermint sticks for stirring (chocolate dipped and sprinkled say), along with some ice skating ornaments, or fleece or felt scarves (super easy to make, just cut the length and add some fringe, decorate as you see fit or leave alone).  A fleece blanket would be super easy to make too since you don't need to sew the edges.  You can make it extra nice by doing two layers of fleece, fringing and knotting the edges - so it is even cozier.

You could get a bowl, decorate it, and put in a container of popcorn kernals or packages of microwaveable popcorn, along with some homemade seasonings in sprinkle jars, also adding some spiced nuts, or homemade candy (peanut brittle, etc), dipped licorice, etc, and tuck in a copy of a movie, or a gc for a rental place, some pop, etc for a movie night at home package.  Maybe add some cute decorated napkins for wiping their hands on :D

If they drink, what about homemade liquers, like infused vodkas, and some of the ingredients for some nice drinks, and decorated shot glasses or drink glasses - etched or painted.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: brynnegrl on December 20, 2009 02:26:16 PM
OMGOMG, help! 5 days till xmas, and I just found out that my 27 yo cousin and his wife and daughter are coming! I am completely skint(broke) at this point, and running out of time! I can do his wife and daughter easily, but I need ideas for something homemade for HIM. He is ex Army, and into...well, drinking and video  games...he's like my brother, we have grown up very cllose. I crochet and kniot, though I don't really have time for knit stuff right now, and I work with hemp jewelry a lot. I can easily whip something outside of those mediums up if I have ideas. Any suggestions would be awsome!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on December 20, 2009 07:21:08 PM
homemade liquor (recipes can be found online I think)
Stenciled video game t-shirt
crocheted hat


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: brynnegrl on December 21, 2009 02:00:04 AM
Brilliant, thank you SOO much! I'm making homemade Kahlua!!!!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 21, 2009 10:06:00 AM
 Home-made Kalua sounds great! I knew someone once who'se daughter made home-made Ammaretto... It's a good thing I don't know to make it, or I'd be drinking it all the time! LOL! So, it's a good thing I really don't drink!
  Moving on... we got all the packages to the post office this morning! Yea!
Today(the 21st.) for those of you not in USA, is our Postal Shipping deadline to make it before Christmas. Unless you send overnight express! And, the line was only to the first door, but was growing THRU the lobby by the time I left! So glad to be done! Mom did a lot of baking, and I included some of my windsocks I make in some of the packages. I'll be so glad when the cookies are all gone... I just can't seem to leave those Russian Tea Cookies alone!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: J_Kieviet on December 21, 2009 02:38:37 PM
Here's my latest update of need to get done, we celebrate on the 26th, so I do have 1 extra day:)

-finish dress and slippers for both nieces
-Finish calendar for sister in law
-Finish calendar for mom
-bake cookies
-finish 8 ice cube snowman ornaments


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: lacyjae on December 22, 2009 08:48:13 PM
Thanks for the couples 'in a basket' idea, gang! :)  I'll definitely be using some of those :D
And I think I need to check into this homemade infused alcohol idea... buahaha... :)

Luckily I have until Jan 2nd to do friend gifts, thank gods for late celebrations. ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Myrdda on December 22, 2009 11:29:44 PM
I have made (so far): sleep masks for my daughter .. about five of them, quick and easy; an 'in case of emergency' WoW shadow box for my husband; three scrapbooks for our parents; a mermaid themed mask; two crocheted pokemon; a crocheted giraffe; a ginormous Coraline doll; crocheted sweater for said Coraline doll; a mini coraline doll to accompany the large one; a top; and some crocheted ornaments for friends in the US. I'd be busy hard at work if I hadn't come down with strep throat/mono (they're not positive which one) at the same time as the kids. 


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 22, 2009 11:42:17 PM
 Sorry to hear about the Strep!~
 
I sent my girlfriend all kinds of sewn items for the kitchen, they're in the houewares section. There were 5 aprons,2 for her, 1 ea. for the rest) a teapot cozy, placemats, tablecloth, magnets, a pair of ornaments, and a fabric covered hook bar to hang things, plus a crocheted "Wine glassPolisher"... another name for a dishcloth too pretty to get wet!
  I was making a board game for the kids, but it ended up being too mature for her kids ages, so I had to keep it. I'm making a sock monkey , but crocheted. It will be a girl, to go with the 28 yr. old monkey I made my daughter when she was a baby. I plan to mend his extensive holes, wash him and present him to her with new clothes, and a new girlfriend.
I sent windsocks to several people, and mom and I baked a huge amount of cookies.
  Then I fell of my bike in the rain today and broke 4 bones in my foot, so The idea of any shopping tomorrow is out.
I hope I can think up a fast gift for my uncle whose coming!

Plus, I managed to get handmade cards and an ornament made for everyone in a small swap I organized. They just started getting them today!
Edit: I think the Uncle is just going to have to be  happy with a windsock, and helping me make up the rules for the game I made.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Crying Goddess on December 23, 2009 09:11:19 AM
Well I saw a lot of Ipod tutes around here. So I made one of my own.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331683.0

Just used some hot glue, spare materials, and love.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: brynnegrl on December 23, 2009 10:14:34 PM
Aww, so sorry to hear of illness/broken-ness! Ironically, my mom broke her ankle 2 weeks ago, then 2 days ago, while over helping her out, I fell off her sidewalk and mangled the already bad ligaments  in MY ankle, keeping me from walking very well! This has not been a good season!

I FINALLy got done with my homemade Xmas, including crocheted bags for my kids, filled with mini amigurumis and hackey sacks, fingerless gloves for my aunt and uncle ( one crocheted, one knit), a Gir earflap hat for my brother, and Twilight themed gifts for my 14 year old cousin. Glad to be done, and will post pics after xmas! (I forgot to take pics before I wrapped everything!)

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, or Happy (insert seasonal/politically correct/denomination appropriate greeting here)!!!!! :D


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Puppy_girl on December 23, 2009 10:39:54 PM
i finished the scoodie for my mom today. the yarn i wanted to make my aunt has had to become a birthday present because i just didn't have time to finish is before christmas.  her birthday's in feb. so she doesn't have to wait too long for it at least. :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on December 24, 2009 08:21:06 AM
  I got my daughter's ancient sock monkey mended. It's 28 years old, and the fibers are too soft. But he went around the world in the Navy with her twice, so he's an old pal. I'm crocheting him a girlfriend, She needs her arms and legs stuffed. I may try to get an outfit made for them today. I'll post some pics later!
 Edit... I just thought of it... Maybe I'll make him a sailor suit???
And she can have a pretty dress in some white lace I have.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cpkchic on December 24, 2009 11:28:18 AM
 Thank you everyone for all the great ideas I have gotten not just for my daughters recycling kit, but for other gifts as well.I am almost finished with the recycling kit all that is left to do is put it all together and print out the coloring/info book I am making for her too.  I have also made purses from old jean pockets and a little bit larger ones from small jeans, I used 2T sized jeans from my daughter and neices purses.  I also have completed 4 reuseable shopping bags made from my hubbies old tshirts :) shhh he doesn't know thats where they went, lol.  and I made her a backpack from an old blanket that she REFUSED to give up despite the wear and tear the poor thing went tho.  I also made my hubby a really cute star trek stocking, as he is a HUGE trekkie.  I filled it wil sewing supplies since he enjoys sewing and is getting a machine for christmas (hope he open the machine before the stuff in the stocking or it will ruin the surprise, lol, I also included some homemade cookies for him and some other small items for him.  For my mother in law I made stepping stones for her garden with all the grandkids naames on them (should have done that months ago as it takes a while for them to dry).  For the rest of the family we made gift basket with a movie night theme so they could all have family night on us, so to speak.  The teachers gift we made alot of homemade goodies for them and added some candles and a small orament.  For my hubby my little one is make him a story book on her own, this is a big deal for her bc she is only 5 and has just learned to write stories so she is making books for the grandparents as well, at least that is the plan if they get finished today I am not sure, but if not then they will be late gifts from her.  She has also made a few oranments for the grandparents.  I also ccompleted 2 christmas wreaths for my mother in law and a silloutte of my daughter for daddy.  Wow looking over the list I now know why I am so tired today, lol.  Thanks again for all the great ideas.   Oh yeah I forgot I also did a cross stitch of the star trek logo for the hubby too.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my fellow crafters :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: cpkchic on December 24, 2009 11:36:38 AM
I forgot I also made handpainted peguin ornaments for my hubby as well :)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on December 24, 2009 12:40:34 PM
Here is the final list!

Sister
Two painted canvas for her room
Book Pendant Necklace
Dinosaur Domino Necklace-In a handmade dinosaur box :)
and maybe if I can finish tonight a "ugly doll" like the stores sell (might save that one for her b-day which is the beginning of March)

Parents
A painting of three african babies we visited in South Africa
A city painting
A colored pencil drawing

Friends
I will be making more domino necklace for them
A sunflower colored pencil drawing for one of them


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: brynnegrl on December 24, 2009 02:05:23 PM
Smuckers, I have to ask, and this may be a silly question, but what on earth is an 'ugly doll'? I mean, I have seen some very ugly dolls in my time.... ;)


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: Smuckers9 on December 24, 2009 02:15:32 PM
Ugly dolls are a brand of stuffed animals.
They are really quite cute and my sister has wanted one for awhile.
But they are very expensive and I keep telling her I will make her one
Here's a picture of some of them :D
http://www.twau.co.uk/images/theywalkamongus/uglydolls.jpg


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: brynnegrl on December 27, 2009 06:20:53 PM
omg those are SO cute in such a creepy way! I think I have seen those before!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: EKO on January 12, 2010 07:06:20 PM
I had a new little one just two weeks before Christmas and was not feeling well before she was born so I did not get much made but in the last week before Christmas I did get a few presents made for family and my two little girls.

I made my dad an accessory bag and net book envelope ( lost the pictures)

for my mom I made a book mark with my eldest daughters picture on it. ( lost pictures)

for my sister brother in law and grandpa I made some candied popcorn, chocolate covered candy canes, chocolate covered marshmallow hotchocolate stir sticks and coffee cozies ( again missing pictures)

nor for the Items I do have pictures of

for my eldest daughter I made a diaper bag, change pad, wet ones and diapers for her dolls

just the bag


the bag with the accessories (some from the store)


the happy recipient


here is the presents for my newest bundle of joy

a little taggie blanket


and a stuffie made from a dollar store Christmas sock.

the green is a little of in this picture for some reason.

C&C welcome and appreciated.

If I find the missing photos I will post them, I think i know where the ones for my sister and brother in law are.


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: KLKing on January 12, 2010 07:46:59 PM
 Congratulations, EKO! You must be really having your hands full with the new baby... it's a wonder you got anything done! Your daughter is so cute... she looks like she really likes her doll's diaper bag! The bag and diapers are a nice gift... what a great idea so she'll adjust to Mom's being focused on the new one.
Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: Christmas 2009, what are you making?
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 12, 2010 07:59:52 PM
The stuffie is adorable!

Your little girl does look so happy to be carrying around a "big" girl bag! ha ha