Thursday, December 31, 2009

Homemade Christmas

This year, I wanted to save some money and make Christmas even more special by giving as many handmade gifts as possible. These are the bags I made for my niece and nephews, I will fill them with cookies when I see them this weekend, and hopefully get a drawstring inserted into the blue bags, but I need a little help from my sister-in-law to do the buttonholes on the sewing machine. Hats galore this year. Actually, a couple are missing from this photo because I sent them out of town before I took the picture. Whoops! I was pulling my hair out with a couple of them. It took me a while to perfect the pattern, and I used an acrylic yarn for one of them which I will never do again. It was not fun to knit with!
Potholders for my sister-in-law.

Chili's monkey robe. This material was a pain to work with, but the end result was well worth the effort!
Had to get creative this year for the "tree." In all the moves of the last couple of years, the artificial tree was lost. We talked about getting a real tree, but have been busy, and that plan never materialized. This was what I engineered to hang our ornaments.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!


  1. Oh, everything looks great! I hope you had a very happy Christmas! Congratulations on all your finished projects!

  2. The robe turned out great!!! love the homemade Christmas, and the ornament arrangement turned out just fine, didn't it?

  3. What a lovely blog you have!!! I'm going to become a follower, I love your life philosophy!! Thanks for the sweet comment on Smashed Peas and Carrots too, I am going to look for an acupuncturist in my area and see if that helps at all! Thank you


  4. Hey sis in law -- We love our gifts!!! Glad the monkey robe turned out so nice on miss chili. The potholders have already gotten a workout. With all the snowy days came lots of cooking days as well. MMM..... bread and rolls and more rolls and cookies...... see you soon!


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