It wasn't a completely HANDMADE Christmas this year- but it came very close! I'd say it was definitely a 90% Handmade Christmas.
Almost everyone got something handmade. Matt and his two brothers were the only ones who were gypped. Poor Mattie. (But since he is a Valentine Baby, there is hope for him yet!)
I really enjoyed the making but I also really enjoyed the challenge of finding what handmade gift would be appreciated by whom.
Better still, thanks to last years' resolution to work on things through the year- it was the least frazzled handmade Christmas I have had!
This post is long on pictures so I'll try to make it short on words. (We'll see how THAT goes...)
|Homemade peppermint soap, handknit dishrag, homemade vanilla and personalized-etched baking dish.|
|Totally stole this idea from Magic Cabin.|
|Crochet-edged pillowcases and brown sugar scrub|
|A crocheted hunting hat for my nephew in his first hunting season.|
|Charicature food plates for the boys of the family. They can make broccoli beards on themselves!|
|Some canned goods, homemade soap, handknit dishcloth and my postcards. ;-)|
|Homemade vanilla and an Indian Sari table runner (that I DIDN'T make but suited the receiver)|
|Betsy McCall magnetic dolls. I made two containers- one for each of my young neices and Adele' grew green with envy so I made her one too for her stocking. That was A LOT of cutting. The free printables are here.|
|Towel set (not made) paired with some Cinnamon Vanilla soap I made for my brother who just got his own house.|
|Homemade Maple Syrup|
|Homemade craft kits for the preteen girls of the family. How to Make Candles and How to Make Body Spray, to be exact.|
|Jalapeno Jelly basket. (I had TWO requests for Jalapeno Jelly for presents this year!)|
|More homemade pillowcases|
We have a three present limit for the children at Christmas (besides stockings, of course) which usually includes a BOOK (surprised?), a handmade present and a purchased present. Here were their handmades...
|A first aid kit for Corynn. It included a real stethescope and thermometer, bandages and plantain salve.|
|Andrew: A scabbard for his sword. Papa made this one!|
|A chicken purse for Adele'---she has been begging for a purse for ages.|
|The poor hen has been stuck to her side ever since!|
|For Judah- a pint size farm. I was gonna go the train route but saw this idea and HAD to do it.|
|We kinda like farm stuff around here.|
|And of course, practically the whole of our neighborhood received apple or pumpkin butters.|
Now....what to give NEXT year....... ;-)