I’m the sort of girl who likes to get things done super-early. I like to start my holiday crafting in the summer.
Well… it didn’t work out that way, this year. Between the move and writing my next book (which has a holiday-time deadline), my head hasn’t been in the holiday-game.
Now, Thanksgiving is over. I can’t postpone it any more. It’s time to get my holiday crafting in order.
This year, I’ve decided to make a few items (and most of them are sewn, which is faster than knitting/crocheting), and I will buy the rest.
I love shopping on Etsy for Christmas presents… not only is it a great place to find unique presents, but also a way to support an artist! In addition to doing my shopping, I make my ‘wish-list’ from Etsy as well… so even family members who aren’t crafters can support handmade on my behalf for the holidays!
In case you didn’t know, today is Small Business Saturday… another great reason to shop from the (mostly) 1-person businesses on Etsy!
My crafting plan
Okay, so… I’m buying a few presents, and making a smaller number than usual. Good plan! Want to see what I’m making?
I spotted a tutorial for adorable rose barrettes from Purl Bee, and thought they’d make a great present for my little cousin.
They’re made with felt, and I’m thinking of making a pair in a couple of colors.
I told you on Wednesday that I cast on for a cowl for my mom.
The pattern is the Infinitude Scarf, which is a nice, simple pattern. I’ve been able to sneak in a few rounds at night… even if I’m tired!
(Okay, I admit: the cowl illustration is my least-successful of the post. It sorta looks like toothpaste. But I’m practicing my illustrating skills, and I’m afraid that you, dear reader, are going to be subjected to my at-times-mediocre skills!)
Leopard Hand Puppet
I bought a jungle hand puppet pattern (by designer Abby Glassenberg), and I’m planning on making the leopard.
This one will be for another little cousin who’s 4 years old… I think he’ll like it!
I found a tutorial for making vintage-looking felt Christmas ornaments from Bugs and Fishes.
I think a set of these will be a nice present for the grandparents!
What are your plans?
I’ll fill in these illustrations with actual photos as I buy my materials and get crafting! But, I feel better at least, now that I have a solid crafting plan.
What are your crafting plans for this holiday? Are you cutting back this year, or crafting more than usual?
A Small Business Saturday Special!
For today only, buy any kit from my shop and get a free owl pin (usually $2)!
Aren’t these pins so adorable? Grab one for yourself (or as a present) and support small business at the same time! Hooray!