My handmade Christmas posts didn't quite make it up on the blog for the last two weeks, due to my trip to Dubai. Since this is the last Thursday before the big day arrives, I thought I'd share some of my favourite last minute baking ideas for the festive season. We always have an entire day of Christmas cooking in our house, which will be happening this weekend - I just need to finish stocking up on a few baking supplies so that we can start.
Hello handmade Christmas friends!
I've finished all of the handmade gifts that I'd planned on making for this year, so now I've decided to fill any spare pockets of time with ornament creating. This is the third year that I'll be attaching handmade ornaments to James and Bella's Christmas presents and even though they probably aren't in love with this mini tradition that I've started, I'm hoping one day (when they have their own tree!) that they'll enjoy decorating it with a few 'Mum made' pieces. So, I'll continue to plod away with the little stash I'm slowly buiding up.
Since we're also getting to the end of the school year here in Australia, I thought you guys might enjoy some handmade teacher gift ideas for my post today. Here we go:
I know that we haven't quite reached the festive month of December yet and a few of you might be gasping that I'm sharing this Christmas pom pom tree ornament in November, but I have a few Christmas style tutorials/DIY projects up my sleeve for this year, so I thought I'd better start posting them now! These pom pom tree ornaments are fun to make and are 12cm in width, so a nice size to make a statement on your Christmas tree or you can hang them up individually around the house.
Let's get started:
Hello friends! Can you believe it's time for another handmade Christmas post? I don't know about you, but the days seem to be flying here lately. I am frantically trying get organised for Christmas, especially since I'll be away for the first part of December. Yesterday I bought some Christmas tags and a bit of wrapping paper, because I know that I just won't have time to make tags or cards this year to add to our gifts. But, in case you're feeling creative and have a bit of time up your sleeve, I've found some super sweet card and tag tutorials from around the web for you. I would love to receive that fold up reindeer card (number 3) and I'm also a bit in love with the finger print card, which is number 7.
Every single year I have good intentions of doing up a big batch of handmade lotions and potions to give at Christmas time. It. Never. Happens. For the past month or so I've been gathering some really lovely tutorials/DIY beauty related projects and I thought you might enjoy this list too. I don't know if this will be my year to actually make any, but at least I've got them saved away for a rainy day!
Our handmade Christmas post is a day late this week, so we're now sitting on 7 weeks and 6 days until the big day arrives. How are you going? Have you made anything new or worked on a long term gift project? Once again I haven't made any more progress on the knitted cowl, but I did manage a couple of little Christmas decorations. More on that later though!
So, this week I have pretty much made nothing towards my handmade Christmas gift stash. I'm blaming a sore throat that has been trying very hard to turn into a chest infection, which has made me feel completely uncreative and unmotivated.
What about you? Have you been busy making nice things ready to give, or have you been a little bit slack, like me?
For our handmade Christmas blog post this week, I thought I'd share some big kid gift ideas - my favourite is probably the A-Frame organiser, because I think it's the perfect present for a teenage girl who is at that age where they're wanting to experiment with some make up. Oh, and I love the messenger bag for a teenage boy too - it's pretty cool! Okay, here we go:
I pretty much freak out every week when I go to type up the handmade Christmas blog post and realise that there is one less week until Christmas. Last week I made big plans in my head to have the knitted cowl all finished to share with you today, but that hasn't happened. I think I've done about 4 rows, which is hardly worthy of a photo!
Instead, I thought it would be fun to do a bit of cyber shopping together - nice things I've found on Etsy (Aussie shops) that you might like too. Most years I buy a few handmade gifts to go with the presents I've made, sometimes because I've run out of time to make, or other times because something takes my eye that I know the recipient is going to love. I hope you enjoy these sweet gift ideas and links. xx
How is your Christmas making going and are you still on track? My mind has been wandering a lot this week with other exciting things, so I really haven't managed to stay on track that well myself. When I looked through my Christmas list again, I decided that this cowl I've been working on would be a perfect gift for somebody, so I've transferred it to my 'making' gift basket. I'm going to work really hard to finish it off in time for my handmade Christmas post next week, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
Goodness, time is flying past f-a-s-t! We're only 12 weeks until Christmas Day now and I don't know about you, but this last week I really haven't done that much towards ticking gifts off my handmade list. I was concentrating on getting a few other projects finished, so my Christmas list took the back seat.
I really had to push myself to get this crochet bag finished in time for today's bloggy post. It's not that I wasn't enjoying the project, but I was at that icky part of having to sew the handles and flowers on and well, that's never very exciting, is it? So, last night I sat and stitched everything into place and this morning I decided that I also wanted to line the bag. After looking through my tiny stash of fabric, I found a lovely plain aqua and whipped up the lining. It really only took me a good half an hour to line and I think it adds a different dimension to the bag.
For today's handmade Christmas post (14 weeks to go!), I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite craft books with you all. Maybe you've already got some of these in your stash, or perhaps you'll see one that you like and then want to add it to your stash - apologies for that in advance - but, there are some fantastic handmade gift ideas inside all of these books that I think you'll enjoy.
Hello handmade Christmas crafters! It was so nice to see lots of my lovely readers joining in with this and I can't wait to hear all about what you end up making friends and family this Christmas.
Today I'm sharing some really nice handmade gift ideas for men. I feel like men are tricky to buy for on a good day, let alone actually make something for! Mostly we just do books, vouchers and food items for the men on our list, but last year Mr Goodsell made personalised bread boards for a few of the males in our family and they were so well received.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.