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.