Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Beginnings of a Handmade Holiday...

First of all, I must get something straight. I am not all about skipping directly from Halloween to Christmas. I'm annoyed that the malls started playing Christmas music three weeks ago. And I don't understand the reasoning for hanging Christmas lights on your house at the beginning of November.

That being said, if you're planning on giving away some well-thought-out handmade gifts for Christmas, you best start planning and creating before you flip the calendar to December. Here's what I've been working on...





8 comments:

Wendi said...

Your dishtowels/washcloths look very soft.

I know what you mean about the Christmas music. It drives me nuts when it is played before Thanksgiving.

Ana said...

Those I really cute, I'm also taking the handmade challenge this Christmas... I shared some ideas for projects on my blog a few days ago :)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I love the gifts. Handmade dishcloths are a wonderful idea, and you have them packaged so pretty. Are they hard to make. I really really want to make some. Jackie

Mandy in Mayberry said...

I can't stand the way the stores rush Christmas! We do handmade many Christmas presents too.

You asked about painting my bathroom cabinet - my cabinet isn't completely real wood either, part of it is laminate.

I sanded very lightly just to remove the shiny finish. I took the doors off and primed everything with a Kilz brand primer. It's best to let the primer dry for a couple of days - the paint seems to adhere much better.

I used Rustoleum American Accents paint in semi-gloss. I've used that paint on many furniture projects and it is wonderful. It's a very good quality paint. Two coats did the trick.

Hope that helps!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I would love the pattern. I used to crochet, and would love to pick it up again. I am hoping that it would not be too difficult after all these years. I even bought some of the beige cotton crochet thread that you used. Jackie

Cheryl said...

I have a request in to my daughter for some dishcloths like that. She is the knitter. I crochet. The pattern I found is for knitted dishcloths at http://homespunliving.blogspot.com/2007/11/waffle-knit-dishcloth-pattern.html So hopefully my daughter will take the hint. We are giving handmade this year as well. I will be giving out a couple of quilts and some gratitude wraps and some cathedral window ornaments.

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage said...

I'm completely with you. I don't want to hear the music before Thanksgiving unless I play it myself while creating something to give for Christmas.

Everything will be handmade homemade and heartmade at our house this year.

Laura

Elise said...

For the most part our Christmas is either handmade or thrifted. I am so excited about being able to make someone something and not break the bank and its so much more special. Unfortunately, I cannot share the ideas on my blog, because the family looks at it sometimes...
Love homemade washclothes and yours look so nice!!
Elise