Is it officially time for a holiday-craft-related freak out?

Umm… yes.

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.

Know Thyself

In previous years, I’ve embarked on a mission to make something for everyone on my list (see my 2010 and 2011 round-ups). Part of doing an honest assessment is that it’s not happening this year.

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?

Rose Barrettes

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!

Felt Ornaments

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!

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Nov 24, 2012 | Posted by in Blog, Works in Progress | 7 comments

Comments (7 Responses)

  1. Sarah says:

    outside of Etsy, which I love, any ideas for finding local small buisness?

  2. Ellen says:

    As always, I admire your organization :-) I’ve let myself off the hook this year, with the exception of crochet snowflake ornaments (I can bang out a dozen over the course of the day, even if it’s a work day)….
    I’m keen to see how you like the Purl Bee barrettes – I’ve made them, and they’re adorable… but I’m really waiting to see the fleece puppet; that pattern is entirely too cute for its own good :-)

  3. Sarah says:

    @stacey- Thanks it’s a place to start

  4. lucia thiel says:

    Must get kit o.o… I need those pins so badly!!!
    As for the crafts I wish you the best of luck, I love painting and crocheting so the majority of my work was done in the summer like you usualy do. I painted my friends pets and made them unique pet costumes to match their personalities. But now getting onto the family projects I have ALOT of work ahead of me. but so far so good, four more before christmas and I’m done.

  5. Justine says:

    I have a really short list: my stepmother (knitting her a scarf, it’s about halfway), and my niece & 3 nephews. We already made duct tape wallets for the two older ones and and will buy books for the two younger. Plus my admin assistant (finished her scarf).

    I like to go to craft fairs to find and buy from local artisans. I follow several of them in Facebook now so I always know where they’ll be.

    • Stacey says:

      @Justine- That’s such a good point… if you follow your fave artisans (or sign up for their newsletters), you’ll know where they are! As a bonus, they often send out special offers :)

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