HANDMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Now that the gifts have been opened, I'll share the other two sets of handmade gifts that I created this year. (You can see my Cookies-In-A-Jar gifts here.) I have to admit that I was a little nervous about the gifts - this is the first year EVER that I have made my Christmas gifts! My family is very talented and over the years I have received numerous handmade gifts (quilts, pillow cases, pajamas, spices, ornaments, etc), but this time I was on the giving end.
First, I created altered CD Christmas ornaments. I made one of these for the Ladies Ornament Exchange and one each for Natashia, Paige, Laurie and Andrew (plus one for our Santa tree!). I shared a sneak peek of my supplies back in October while I was working on these gifts. I used a circular text path and digital pager from Jessica Sprague and added a photo of my favorite Santa figurine to create the front circle. Then I printed circles of the same digital paper to cover the back of the CDs. I stamped the back and cut letters to personalize the ornaments.
While Andrew is still too young to really get the concept of a personalized ornament, I think the girls all liked theirs. Natashia was quick to be sure they were all wrapped back up carefully so they wouldn't get damaged in all the excitement of opening gifts.
The other set of gifts I made were personalized altered clipboards for all the adults in the family. This project took a couple of weeks, but I was very pleased with the results. First, I chose papers for each clipboard, which was one of the most difficult steps as I tried to personalize the color and theme for each person. Once I had all the papers chosen and cut to size, I adhered them to the clipboards. This process was made much easier because Robbie took the clips off the boards.
I then inked the edges of the clipboards and left them to dry overnight. The next step was to add modge podge over the papers and edges. I did one side of the clipboards and let them dry completely, then coated the other side and the edges. [
If When I make these again, I will probably paint the clipboards before adhering the paper as the ink made quite a mess when I added the modge podge.] Once they were completely dry, Robbie re-attached the clips and I began to decorate each one.
Mama is a sewer and quilter. When we were little, she sewed clothes for me and my sisters (which I think we didn't fully appreciate at the time!). My house if filled with wonderful things she's made over the years - crocheted afghans, quilts for every bed in the house, pillowcases, dust ruffles, and stuffed bunnies. I'm dreaming of the day she feels the urge to take a break from quilting (her current pursuit) and will make me some new dresses. She always chooses wonderful materials for the items she makes, so I chose papers that reminded me of pretty material for her clipboard. Mama said she is going to use her clipboard to hold quilt patterns for the projects she's working on now.
My sister is also a whiz with the sewing machine and makes quilts that will rival any you've ever seen. I have a beautiful quilt that she made on display in our front room and my favorite pajamas were her handiwork several years ago. I wanted her quilt to resemble a happy patchwork quilt and chose to use six different papers. She seemed to really like it and immediately knew where she was going to hang it in her sewing room so she could clip up the pattern for the different quilt blocks she makes.