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Handmade Christmas Wrap-Up

I can't believe Christmas is over. Between the whole family getting the flu, school programs, 3/5ths of the family in a play and traveling, I feel like I just missed so much of the Christmas season. I missed singing the Christmas carols in church almost completely. We never made and decorated sugar cookies. We only watched The Muppet Christmas Carol three times. I never once had hot cocoa with marshmallows and a candy cane while sitting next to the Christmas tree. But, the parts of Christmas I did catch in between the coughing, the rehearsals, and the packing were pretty amazing. So I guess I can't complain.

But, Christmas can't truly be over until I've done a round-up of the handmade presents from this year. Otherwise by the time next Christmas rolls around I will have forgotten who I gave what.

You've already seen the commissioned quilt and the stockings. You've also already seen Anna's handmade gift- the Putnam County Quilt.

She loved it. She has slept with it every night since.

Ellery's handmade gift this year was a little purse.

Specifically the 241 Tote from Noodlehead made at 75% of the original size. She was way more excited about the LipSmackers I tucked inside. But it has made a couple of trips to the store with us with her loudly proclaiming, "Look, it's like I'm a grown-up."

Sam got three pairs of much needed flannel pajama bottoms. His old ones were closer to his knees that his ankles. He particularly loves the ones he is wearing in this photo- they glow in the dark.

I know. I know, my handmade gifts for the kids this year are a little unbalanced. An intricate, hand-quilted quilt I spent the entire year working on versus a purse and pajama bottoms that took a day each. But, it's like birthday parties. My kids know I can only handle one big birthday party a year. So, they take turns. Last year Ellery got the big party. This year it will be Sam. This year Anna got the big handmade gift. Next year it will be Ellery. It's how I stay sane.

Let's see, what else did I make this year?

My mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law each got a snuggle-up on the couch sized quilt.

Teals and gray for my MIL. It turned out to be such a calm and relaxing color combination. I love it.

I didn't get any other pictures of the other quilt before it got packed away to head back home. It's just basic patchwork- gray and every floral print I had.

My mom got a Super Tote. I love this bag pattern. The second definitely went together faster than the first. 

I've got more Super Tote's planned. Like I said- I love this pattern.

Well, that's it. Everything I made for Christmas. Pretty impressive, huh? There are a couple of things I still need to finish up, but not much. This year's goal (like every year) is to start sooner. That way I don't have my own little one-woman Christmas sweatshop going in December.

But, as for now- now, I've got an extreme case of post-Christmas, post-sickness, post-travel "Start-all-the-projects-itis". My sewing machine and I have been reunited. I've got Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket. There are no deadlines. I can sew whatever the heck I want!

I may have spent yesterday afternoon cutting fabric for three new quilts. Ok, I totally spent yesterday afternoon cutting fabric for three new quilts. More details as I get started on them.


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