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.