Monday, December 12, 2011

Handmade Holidays: A Little Something Extra


I believe that Christmas is a time of doing special things for others, especially the ones you love. On Saturday I baked old fashioned sugar cookies and made a floury mess in the kitchen. It was great fun, the cookies were tasty, and Jerold loved them. 

I have been playing with quilt designs to use up my huge stash of fabric.  I came up with a pretty one in yellow and pink for a little girl. I don't have kids or grandkids, but I really wanted to sew this child-size quilt. It's reversible with one large log cabin block on the back.  A family member has a three-year old grandchild, so I'm making this for her as a surprise...so don't tell!  It will be wonderful to see her face when she opens it, since she won't expect a present from me.

I nearly always handcraft a gift for someone during the holidays, usually the women or children. I'm glad we have a small family! I remember macrame Christmas tree wall hangings, quilted place mats, monogrammed napkins, embroidered pillowcases, crocheted scarves, lots of clothes, journal covers, and house shoes. 
 

Useful Notion:  Experience the joy of Christmas this year by sharing yourself with others in whatever way you can.  It will surely make you smile. 



Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. -- Charles Schulz 
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