Monday, 17 October 2011

Can We Put on Big Crosby Yet?

Hey everyone!  My name is Karen and I blog over at Renegade Homestead.  Though it’s only October, I cannot wait to get started on Christmas presents!  For once, I’m (sort of) on top of my game and like many of you, have already decided on a number of gifts that I’ll be making this year: 

- My husband, Beau, will be the big winner of homemade presents this year.  He’ll be getting PJ pants, a men’s toiletry case and beer can coozie covers to start with.
- My sister, Laura, has loved her Victorian dollhouse since we were little girls.  This year she’s asked me to help redecorate by making tiny curtains, throw pillows and bedding.  The pillows are particularly ironic because my very first crafts were wee little misshapen pillows that I forced my family members to buy for a nickel each.
- For my two-year-old nephew, I’m going to try my hand at my first quilt (for his first big boy bed) but if I were a two-year-old, I’m sure I’d rather get a toy so, maybe there’s room for improvement here?  I’m new to crafting for children.
- For my best friend of almost 20 years, Lulu, I'll be making a skirt like Anthropologie's discontinued Vichyssoise skirt using some brighter fabric and a bit of ingenuity to reinvent that waist.

The original (am I the only one who had to look up "vichyssoise"?)

- For my three best girl friends from college, I’ve been eyeing up five-year one-line-a-day journals .  Each page provides five lines for one date so when you restart it for the next year, you can see what was going on in your life the year before.  I think that’s such a neat idea, especially for these lovely ladies who have so many adventures.  Could I make those?  That’s an excuse to invest in a paper cutter, right?
- My two closest couple friends (two couples that is) will receive goodie baskets full of my husband’s homebrewed beer, my homemade snacks (crackers, cookies, etc) and possibly a Christmas ornament. 

But, well, that’s where I stop being on top of my game because I’m clueless about what to do for my remaining family members.  Here’s who’s left on my list:     

- My mother-in-law, who is a connoisseur crafter and quilting extraordinaire.
- My sister-in-law, Cara of i dabble, who inherited her mother’s crafting gene and loves fashion and baking.
- My Dad, who acts in the local theater and loves old movies.   
- My father-in-law, who roots for every New England sports team and likes home improvement projects.
- My brother-in-law, T, who just moved to LA and is involved in finance stuff that I will never, ever understand.
- My brother-in-law, J, who is the class clown of the family.

I always have trouble coming up with ideas for guys so thank goodness there’s a tag on here for men’s crafts!  I’ll be following that one closely.  Meanwhile, I’d love, love, LOVE to hear any suggestions that you might have and good luck on your own crafts this holiday season!


  1. Ah! So wonderful skirt!
    Your best friend is the luckiest girl ever...
    My boyfriend is usually the "winner" of the handmade gifts as well... :)

  2. Karen - for your nephew, you could always make a stuffy with scrap fabric from the quilt - that way he gets a toy for fun, and the quilt to keep and love on :)

    For Cara - what about a handmade apron/oven mitt set? Or - there's a site called sew4home that has been doing rather elegant aprons lately - they call them retro hostess aprons - maybe something like that? or - possibility?

    For your MIL, maybe a project or tote bag using quilt themed fabrics (add some fat quarters and a tiny pair of pretty scissors or pretty pins) ... for your dad what about a movie themed set with a big popcorn bowl full of movie treats (popcorn, candy, pop) and some DVDS (or gift card to the local theatre) ... for your FIL a tool tote ( (you could even use New England Patriots fabric, lol - that's my oldest son's favourite football team and I made him a quilt with NEP fabric a few years ago) ... for BIL T how about sleep pants or boxers made with money fabric ... for BIL J the same thing in a fabric theme that would suit ...

    Your other gift ideas are great - especially the 5 year one line a day journal! Now get cracking, and don't be selling these gifts to your family for a nickle ... ROTFL!

  3. Blimey Sandra, I'd better get my list on here so you can solve all my problems!

    The ideas I had for the crafters in your life were the ingenious over the sofa arm craft caddies that I've seen around but can't find the link for... I can have another look if you want. Also, a sewing roll for on the go sewing, a rotary cutter holder, scissor keep etc.

    I'd love to have some crafters to craft for! Men are a pain though.

    For your father in law you could make a tool belt or a tool roll?

  4. Thanks ladies - those are all awesome ideas! I'm sure if it weren't for this blog I'd still be stressing about this a week before Christmas.