I thought I would share some of the Christmas gifts I made this year. I didn't make as many as I usually do but the ones I did make, I really tried to put my heart into!
The first one is a canvas I made for my Dad. He has always talked about building a barn. He likes farms. So I made him some barn art:
The whole thing is collaged using book prints from dictionaries and other old books. I learned how to collage like this from Stephanie Ackerman. Her work is beautiful and so inspirational! I was lucky enough to travel up to Groves in Huntingdon, PA with my friend Kristen for the class in the fall. If you ever have a chance to take a class with Stephanie, don't hesitate! She is great!
The next gift I made was a blanket. It is the first I've attempted and it took me about a week to get the first row done. :) Once I got the hang of it, the crocheting wasn't too bad! I might even make another one for my family! Here it is:
This was for my brother-in-law who is hard to shop for. He is a huge University of Alabama football fan so I used Crimson Tide colors. I followed the ripple pattern tutorial from Attic24.
My daughters and I also made quite a few homemade ornaments. The girls used Perler beads for theirs. Here is my favorite that Natalie, my five year old made:
She followed a pattern for the snowman and came up with the taalll hat herself! Cute!
The ornaments I made used wine corks, beads, and charms:
Sorry about the picture... I used the recipients favorite wine's corks. The original idea came from the Lavender Clouds blog.
The last gifts I made were for the girls' teachers. I made them simple cups with the schools name and mascot on them. I added a gift card inside, too:
Since the cups were not flat all the way around the bottom, I had to keep my design on the top portion. I used vinyl and my Cameo to make these.
I really enjoyed making each of these gifts! If I had more time, I would have made even more! Giving gifts is one of my favorite things and something homemade feels even better to give. Did you make any of your gifts this year?