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Holiday Gifts

December 26th, 2018

As promised, I’ll be sharing a few of the gifts I made to give out this Christmas. One of my favorites was this lovely quilt. I didn’t make the top, I got it in a fabric grab bag. It’s definitely old, the entire top was hand sewn together, with tiny seam allowances, which mean I had to do a lot of repairs before adding the batting and backing and quilting. The yellow striped binding is a lovely fabric from my stash, it is linen and should wear well and soften nicely with use.




I quilted it by hand, since I enjoy hand stitching a lot. It’s a wonderful way to spend evenings during the winter. I think the receipient loved the quilt, no doubt she’ll be using it to keep warm for years to come. It’s nice to give another life to a quilt like this. If only I knew the story of who made it and where it came from, at least it will have a future story and be enjoyed.

Do you have any vintage quilts?

Gingerbread House Party

December 18th, 2018

This past Saturday night we had a gingerbread house making party. It wasn’t anything fancy, there were a few pre-made kits and everyone brought various decorating tidbits. Here’s what we ended up with:








This was mine, complete with holly hedge, M&M box topiary beside the door, tootsie roll flagstone pathway, and giant candy cane decor in the garden.

What holiday fun have you participated in so far this season?

Friday Favorite: Stash Busting

December 14th, 2018

One of my goals for my handmade holidays this year has been using up fabric in my stash, things I’ve collected over the years, fabric I love, notions I love, yarn I love. So far it’s been a great plan and I’ve managed to get rid of lots of things (more to come after Christmas so as not to spoil the gifts in case the recipients read the blog). One thing I can share that I’ve been doing to use up fabric scraps: making fabric ribbons. I’ve always loved beautifully wrapped gifts. Wrapping gifts is one of the things that I really enjoy doing during the holidays.


I’ve been sewing up all the scraps of fabric I have into long ribbons, most of what I’m using is holiday fabric that I’ve gotten in grab bags from the thrift store. Some of it matched the gift, as is the case with the Russian Nesting Doll fabric (check back after Christmas to see what I made with this lovely thrift store fabric).

These bows are easy enough to make, I fold fabric in half with right sides facing in, then sew along the ends and towards the middle leaving a 3-4 inch opening in the middle for turning. Turn inside out with the help of a pencil or knitting needle, iron, and it’s ready to use. They take only a few minutes each to make and are well worth the effort!


I’m pretty pleased with the results and will be making them for other gifts throughout the year as well. Most of the recipients are the types of people that will save the bows and reuse them, which makes me happy as well. There’s nothing like reducing waste and being able to reuse something you already have.

Are you a meticulous gift wrapper? What sorts of things do you like to use when wrapping?

Holidays in the Office

December 10th, 2018

With the great room swap of 2018 I ended up with a new desk. (we purchased a new mattress which wouldn’t fit up the stairs, which meant my downstairs office moved up to what was our bedroom and our bedroom went downstairs). The room is finally getting organized and settled, which means I’m finally able to find what I’m needing within a few minutes. Since I spend so much time in this room, I decided to add a Christmas tree to the corner and a little decor on top of the cabinets.



It’s not a perfectly festive room which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I even have a little speaker in there with Christmas jazz on most of the day. This room doubles as my sewing space, so it’s nice that I get to enjoy the decorations all day and in the evenings as well. This is one of those times when having access to thousands of little trees on our property is a benefit. They need cut anyways, so it’s nice to be able to get some enjoyment out of them.

Do you enjoy an artificial or a real Christmas tree?

Handmade Holidays

December 3rd, 2018

I’ve always been one to make lots of gifts, this year is not exception. Over the coming weeks I’ll be showing you a few of the things I’ve been making as I finished them up.

This beautiful green wool afghan was made with yarn from my mom’s stash. I found a pattern for a Finnish Granny Square on this blog and decided it the was the one I wanted to use. The edging I made up as I went along.


I’m pretty excited to gift this beautiful afghan, in fact I love it so much that I’m thinking of making one for our bed as well, perhaps with a thinner yarn of linen. That won’t happen until after the holidays of course, as now I’m on to quilting a quilt for a gift and then I’ll move on the making reusable shopping bags from vintage sheets. Stay tuned, I’ll show you lots of the beautiful things coming out of my craft room.

Are you a crafter? Do you enjoy making gifts for people?

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