Friday, August 22, 2008

A Handcrafted Christmas

I've been busy crafting for the past couple of months getting ready for Christmas! And, I'm excited to share the ideas here in the coming weeks! I'll share one idea each Thursday during September and October. Oooh - I'm getting excited!

At the end of this series, I'd like to host a showcase for all of the crafting you've done! You can submit photos of your crafts or links to your post showing what you've crafted for Christmas this year. Details will come closer to the time.

Anyone else doing Christmas gift crafting?

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

With paying for college at hand, I am SO thankful you have it on your heart to do this series for us!!! It is a time when i really want to NEED to be very frugal. I love to give gifts though and we still need beauty no matter. I look forward to these creative and handcraft post THANK YOU Monica!!!tammyp

Wendi said...

I am so excited to see what you have been up to. I have been crafting, although not as much as I would like. Which I am sure you completely understand.

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

Ohhh! I'm so excited. I need some ideas! THank you!

Christi said...

I can't wait to see what you've come up with! I've been working on a couple of things throughout the year, and have lots more ideas. Guess now's the time to get busy!

Michelle said...

I have a few ideas, but I'm definitely in need of more. I'm so excited to read your Thursday posts coming up!

Danielle said...

I'm so excited for this series also. I love to craft but don't have much time to search out ideas!

I guess it gives me one week to do the recipe book:-)

Linds said...

I'm so excited for these posts! I've started doing some crafting for Christmas but mostly ideas. I have little ones birthdays coming in October that I've been crafting for first :)

Joy of Frugal Living said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your ideas!

Melody said...

Add me to the list that's eager to read your ideas! We will definitely be doing a handmade Christmas again this year.
My husband is going back to school this fall, so this is great timing!

Steph said...

I am part of an ornament exchange. We have a group of 9 ladies and every year each of us has to make an ornament for everyone in the group. It is very secretive. Then we have a party the first week in Dec. and bring our ornaments in boxes or baskets covered. We have food and fellowship and then the BIG REVEAL. It is so much fun. We had our 10th exchange last year. So over the years I have accumulated 90 hand made ornaments. I am always looking for good ideas so I am looking forward to this series.
Thanks,
Stephanie

Anonymous said...

I purchased blank calendars as I always do at this time of year. They will get filled with a picture of the month for the grandparents and for our family. I am encouraged to get started on these NOW. But I need plenty of ideas for the rest of our gift giving list.
I like to include one handmade gift for each person I give to. (No that doesn't mean that all of my gifts are handmade.) It may be as simple as a homemade sweet bread placed in a mini
stocking.
Can't wait to see what you have up your crafting sleeve. Angie

letters to elijah said...

I can not wait to see your creations!!!

A few years back I did custom clocks for my family. Total cost was under $5 each :)

viv said...

I need to, that's for sure. I'd certainly like to. Inspire me, please, Monica!

Amy Ragland said...

I can't wait Monica! :) Sounds fun!

Carol said...

I can't wait for your series -- your ideas area always so inspiring!

Vintage Mommy said...

You're so creative! Can't wait to see what you've thought up for Christmas.

My husband is in medical school, so I need to make gifts this year, for sure! I was thinking of making an apron for all of the ladies and girls in my family.

Vintage Mommy said...

I meant aprons (plural)...not one for all of them to share! :)

Tamara said...

I'm looking forward to this, Monica! You always have the best ideas, and I appreciate the heart behind them. I try to make gifts every year, because it helps with our budget, and because I feel homemade gifts are more special.

Anonymous said...

I just got the sewing machine out last night I am feeling the urge to get crafty and thrifty for the holidays!!! bring it on I CANT WAIT!!
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!
deirdre

Aubrey said...

Yay! I went to Hobby Lobby last weekend poking around for ideas and stuff. Came home with a bag full of projects and am so excited! Can't wait to see what you have in store!

Mother of Many said...

I just hope I can do them. I loved the totes. I'll try anything. I hope to include my 7 year old in the crafting bonanza this year.

Elise said...

Ooh, I like the pictures!! I have a few things in mind for a semi handmade Christmas. Just need to get started. In my free time, of course!!
Elise

Mrs. Muffet said...

This is a very timely post! I was just making a mental list of what Christmas gifts to get this year and I was moved to make them myself! I can't wait to see everyone's ideas!

kimi said...

YES! because of you!! ;) I'm making gratitude journals for a few close friends and I'm making a game that we LOVE to play for all my family folks. We're trying to do something home made for everyone instead of last minute buying junk. I'm so excited!

Katie said...

Ooooh goodie! I'll definitely be tuning in for this series! :-)

SchoolinRHome said...

I am looking forward to this! I love crafting too. I will soon be making things for Christmas gifts with my children to give others. We have a lot of great ideas but need to find time to make these things. I Spy bottles to individual pies in a jar to homemade cards stacked and ties. With homeschooling, I hope to find time each week for use to make some things. I never seem to have enough time. I so look forward to your ideas and hope we too will make some of the things!
Merry Christmas! :)
SchoolinRHome

Amy said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with, Monica! I could you some inspiration this year!! I know whatever it is, it will be amazing!

Paula said...

OH MY GOODNESS I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!!

Tara said...

Oh Can't wait!!! I am always looking for new ideas!!

Jen said...

Can't wait to see what you've got planned for this season!
Jen

AHighandNobleCalling said...

I have been thinking up some ideas but I don't have a set plan for anything yet. Can't wait to see what you are doing! That will spark my creativity!

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MyJourneyBack said...

Oh I love the idea. I am actually working on a handmade Christmas myself so would love to be part of your idea. I love the photo you made. I can't figure out how to do a collage.
Wonderful idea. I am looking forward to your ideas!
I hope you have a Blessed week.
Smiles,
Sherry

Linda said...

Christmas so soon! :) wow!

Where does thanksgiving come in? *lol*

greetings from holland!

Sharon D. said...

I always enjoy your ideas Monica and am looking forward to this :) So far I have all of my canning gifts done (jams, jellies, vinegars), made some salt rubs and baking spice mixes and am working on the last of three shawls. I will be starting ornaments in a couple of days. I love getting a head start! Thanks for having such being such a blessing :)