Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Sew Loquacious Handmade Holiday

Halloween is in one week.  There are 33 days until Thanksgiving!  There are 62 days until Christmas and 69 days until New Year's!  What are you planning for the Holidays this year?  I recently posted about my pledge to contribute to handmade charity this season as well as my plan to either make or give handmade gifts this holiday season.  With this handmade pledge in mind, I've decided to document my Handmade Holiday here on my blog.

The The Sew Loquacious Handmade Holiday will include sewn, knit, or otherwise handcrafted gifts, as well as food ideas.  What are the most memorable gifts you received or gave?  I am certain that most were handmade.  I remember my grandmother giving all her grandchildren crocheted slippers one year.  I wore mine until they had holes in the soles!  When I was in my 20's,  my mother made pajamas for everyone.  I still have the pair she made for me!  Holiday baking always evokes memories of my childhood.  My mother made divinity every year.  Truth be told, I hate divinity, but she also made fudge, almond bark covered pretzels and Party Mix.

Grab the Sew Loquacious Handmade Holiday button if you'd like to join in!  Whenever I post a Handmade Holiday project, I'll add it to the linky tool at the bottom of the Sew Loquacious Handmade Holiday page..  If you write a post about a holiday project you are made, you can link up on this page as well!  Be sure to leave a comment, too!

I'm excited to get started!  I'm on the hunt for an easy knit slipper pattern or tutorial.  I'd like to make a pair for my youngest daughter.  If you know of an easy (not using double pointed needles), let me know!

Thanks again for sending me "get well soon" wishes!  I've been feeling much better in the last few days and have completed a couple of knitting projects, which I've added to my Etsy shop.

I've also managed to get into my sewing room to work on two birthday gifts.  I tried my hand at freezer paper stencils.

I bought two ready made shirts and cut about 2 inches off the bottom.  I then sewed fabric/ruffles to them after painting the stencils.  I'm really pleased with how they both turned out.  I made a yo yo for the top shirt.  It is attached with a button pin so it can be removed for easier washing.  I had a lot of fun doing the stencils and I am still amazed how well the freezer paper works!

Have a great Sunday everyone!  Please have a look through the Charitable Links page and consider making a project for charity.  Also, please join in the Sew Loquacious Handmade Holiday!  I know it's going to be a lot of fun!

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Fiona said...

What with Halloween and Thanksgiving in the run up to Christmas, you sure do have a lot of pressure in a short time. Halloween is slowly coming across to mainland Europe, but it really isn't a big deal and there's obviously no Thanksgiving here, so we are free just to focus on Christmas! Probably just as well with only 62 days to go!!

Stacy said...

Hi Angela! I have an easy slipper pattern on my blog that calls for straight needles. Here is the link:

One of the best gifts I received was a hand knit scarf from a good friend. It was the first time in my adult life that someone made something specifically for me. It meant so much to me.

Liza said...

It's great to see you involved in so much creativity! Great knitted pieces and freezer paper projects! Take care, Liza

Heather and Kathy said...

how pretty! love the shirt with the ruffles! I gave up on knitting. It hurts my hands too much. I love watching other people knit though. I haven't started on my Christmas gifts yet, but I will shortly!


Lesley said...

Hi Angela,
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely message. I have been enjoying browsing your blog this morning and I always admire anyone who sews. It is not something I am good at, although I do use my machine in my papercrafting.
Lovely to meet you :)

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Those t shirts are so sweet. I love hand made holidays and you are right, getting that special piece is wonderful, this year might be tough tie wise which is why I shopped so happily at your etsy. I used my little card case Saturday to tuck a credit card, license and some cash into a tiny purse and it worked out perfectly! Thanks so much. xox Corrine

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You created wonderful things. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment.