Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This Year's Homemade Christmas Presents

Historically, I am a HUGE proponent of handmade Christmas presents.  I usually make at least half of the presents I give out.

That did not happen this year.

This year I was really really busy and just didn't get around to doing very much.  The only two big projects I worked on were cross stitching projects; one for my parents and one for my brother and sister-in-law.

This one is for my folks.  I really wish we had been able to come home for Christmas this year, but we just couldn't get any time off.  Bryan even worked Christmas Eve, which is just silly.  I would have thought most banks would be closed Christmas Eve, but apparently not.  My folks are also big fans of anything woodsy, so I knew they'd like this.  The pattern (and the thread and the fabric) I got from my mother-in-law's amazing cross-stitching supply stash.  She seriously has at least a hundred cross-stitch pattern magazines/books.  It's awesome!  The frame I got at the Dollar Tree (shhh) and painted to match the trees.

And here is the one for my brother and sister-in-law.  I liked the idea of mixing a traditional needle craft and mixing it with something a bit out there.  The juxtaposition was just too funny to me.  I like how it came out!!  The fabric I worked with would have laid better in the frame if it had been a bit some starchy (it was very soft) but that's okay.  I think it turned out well.  Once again, this was a Dollar Tree frame and while the project took quite a bit (especially since I wasn't using a pattern, just making it up as I went along), it's definitely a budget-friendly project.

In the future I don't think I'll "fill in" the heart.  The way I did it looked sort of cute and almost like it had been scribbled in with pencil, but it also made the fabric and the heart pull a bit, which affected the symmetry.  After trying and trying and trying to fix it to no avail, I gave up and decided that it was okay.  :-)

So those are my Christmas craft presents this year.  Next time I think I'll start sooner (say, October) if I plan on doing that much cross-stitching, as it does take quite a bit of time.

I'm going to try to update more this week since I've been a bit AWOL lately.  I went snowshoeing twice this week so I'm going to post a few pictures of that, along with some cool animal sitings.  Soon soon soon, hopefully.


  1. loved the present! thank you!

  2. Those are really cute Jess! You're sooo crafty!!

  3. these are just adorable :) im not surprised though