Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Feeling Crafty

I am! I have been searching and reading tutorials on all kinds of crafty things online. My husband is changing jobs and the financial transition is going to be a doozy! So, I expect it to be a lean Christmas unless I can find a way to make it wonderful.

Enter homemade gifts! I remember one Christmas when S and I were dating, we made gifts for each other. He built me a hope chest and I sewed him a shirt. Or, I hung out with my mom while she sewed him a shirt and then let me mess it up every now and then. Back in the olden days when times were tougher, folks gave hand-made gifts. I am sick when I think of how much money we throw down in our country on Christmas gifts. Now I will be buying my girls some toys, but the grown ups in our life are getting more practical things.

I'm hoping all this sewing will polish up my skills enough so that I can start selling some things for extra money.

Don't they call hand-made things that are a little bit messed up, "charming"?

That's what I'm telling myself, anyway.


  1. Or "vintage chic." I am all about that and charming. :)

    Looking forward to your ideas. I think homemade gifts are certainly more thoughtful anyway.

  2. Girl, I am SO with you. If you want an addicting page with lots and lots of ideas, go to www.craftster.org

    I can't remember if I told you about that or not. We need to chat and share ideas with one another, if you don't on your blog. I have already made a few gifts and am very pleased with how they turned out. I'll take some photos and email them, if you want 'em. I made a yoga mat bag yesterday and it ROCKS!!! I know just the recipient of said bag too! And what a breeze it was!

  3. I was thinking about making aprons for all my female relatives. I much prefer a home made gift.

  4. I'll have to e-mail you b/c I can't tell what I'm making on my blog!

  5. We are doing the same this Christmas... but I can't yet sew. I have found several cute, simple nonsewing things that I have already started working on. My goal is to have it all done and wrapped BEFORE Thanksgiving. I hope to learn to sew while I am home with Baby #2 come Springtime. (Like I won't have anything else to do.)


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)