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  • Christmas 2008

    As some of you may or may not have been aware, hubby and I were on a mission to send handcrafted gifts for Christmas, and where possible avoid having to buy from the major retailers... we were fairly happy with what we achieved and hope to carry this on in future years.

    For a close friend and my Gran I bought hand knitted hat and scarf sets from a friend on Ebay:




    I also hand crocheted a blanket for my Gran, as at 82 years old she often complains of the cold in the afternoons and evenings:




    For a friend who is a keen and competitive ten pin bowler, I did an acrylic painting:




    And for my little cousin in New Zealand, I done a Highland Kiwi drawing:




    My dad got a watercolour painting of Nanda Devi which was inspired by a card I was asked to do for a forum member:




    My other little cousins got a crochet bag and the other a crochet hat:






    And for hubby, I put together a box of 'pick and mix' sweets in a box he can reuse afterwards:




    Hubby made a dolls house for the little ones, which they are delighted with, and I've been told has been taking priority over their Nintendo DS lol:




  • #2
    Well done!! Especially beating the nintendo!! I did give my mother in law and 2 sister in laws bags that I'd made but I haven't heard back from them so they probably hated them! Aw well, it's the thought that counts!

    Debbie
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    • #3
      I got Gord a personalised keyring from Si at http://www.woodtattoos.co.uk it has the badger image on one side and 'Gordon' on the reverse... reason being Badger is Gord's nickname:




      Si also made me a personalised 'Dad' Catweazle box for my dad too...






      And the last handcrafted gift for this year was the cake topper/ornament which was specially made for Gordon by Pauline at http://www.wedding-toppers.com which was made to incorporate the colours from our wedding, being dark red, ivory and black watch tartan:





      All in all, we're really happy with all of the handcrafted gifts and have had lots of positive feedback from the recipients so hopefully we'll be able to match (or better) this for 2009!!

      LJ xxx

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      • #4
        Originally posted by purplemac View Post
        Well done!! Especially beating the nintendo!! I did give my mother in law and 2 sister in laws bags that I'd made but I haven't heard back from them so they probably hated them! Aw well, it's the thought that counts!

        Debbie
        Thank you Debbie

        I'm sure your family loved their gifts but just didn't think to comment... you know what families can be like lol.

        I'd also like to say a massive thank you to the forum members who assisted with the wonderful personalised gifts and the ideas for some of the ones I put together

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        • #5
          Some really lovely gifts and ideas there, well done you

          p.s. your candle in a mug went down very well with my friend
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post
            p.s. your candle in a mug went down very well with my friend
            I'm really glad that your friend liked the candle


            I'm hoping to make a start earlier this year on our Christmas gifts as this year was all a bit rushed lol.

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            • #7
              What a great idea Laura - a hard challenge done well! I may have to try that myself this year - I'm doing the allotment, trying to buy nothing new for a year, recycling etc, this will be a great one to add!
              Cathy xx
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Recycled Bag Lady View Post
                What a great idea Laura - a hard challenge done well! I may have to try that myself this year - I'm doing the allotment, trying to buy nothing new for a year, recycling etc, this will be a great one to add!
                Good luck with your plans!!

                I'm hoping that if I can get ideas together early enough then I may be able to pull it off with only giving items we have made ourself this year... that's the plan at the moment anyway lol.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for ordering from me and for posting those pics.

                  Si.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
                    Thanks for ordering from me and for posting those pics.

                    Si.
                    You are very welcome... both items were loved by the recipients and as you know I think your work is superb

                    Thank you.

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                    • #11
                      Wow! Your friends and family got some lovely things!

                      I made a few handcrafted things for Christmas, but no-where near as many as you! I am determined to do better next year!

                      C x

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                      • #12
                        Aww lovely
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                        • #13
                          Well done you for sticking to your guns. I did make most of mine but not all sadly. Lots of small children in the family now so 7 hats and mitts, 3 hats scarves and mitts, 2 adult long fluffy scarves and hats. 1 evening bag (made by me) with felted soap (made by Elaine) inside for birthday and Christmas. 2 extra hats in case I had forgotten anyone. I already had a lot of the wool by me so the financial cost was nominal but can't move fingers now. lol.
                          Carol
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Critchley View Post
                            the financial cost was nominal but can't move fingers now.
                            Lol, that made me laugh... you'll have to recover soon so you can make a start for Christmas 2009!!!

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                            • #15
                              Love your items I think I'm going to try something like this next year but with jewellery.
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