Its August and in my family that’s my parent’s wedding anniversary and brother’s birthday in the same week! It is also a reminder to us to settle on a christmas card design for this year and start to think about what kinds of gifts we are going to make for everyone.
I am in charge of coming up with a few ideas and providing them to mum along with some craft magazines. We then agree on a design and I work out how to make it come to life. This year she has honed in on a beautiful embossing template with a christmas tree which was released last year (the magazine she was looking at came from a crafty friend who I’ve convinced to just keep the pages she wants). So I am presently trying to source the template and oh dear, I might have to buy myself a Big Shot! We then each make our respective bits (I split up the work of course!) and then have a making day when we assemble everything ready to go. Sounds like a lot of work some people say (we usually make around 120 cards) but to make life easier for ourselves we use the one design for our family cards and another for Dad’s business ones. There are so many people who give us fabulous feedback and look forward to our handmade cards it is now a firmly entrenched tradition.
For christmas gifts we like to have something little to give the people we work with and deal with during the year, these aren’t huge gifts but a token of the season. These are supplemented by baking (being a christmas baby I go a little crazy!), wine and for family, specific gifts. Some years the gifts are made and other times we get organised enough to buy what we want at the sales.
Some idea’s we have already done – christmas ornaments (angels, stars etc), lavender eye pillows made from scrap fabric (they were very popular), calendars, handmade chocolates, gingerbread cupcakes with christmas flags, small diaries for your handbag and fabric placemats. What are you planning to make?