Most of the handmade gifts I’m giving (or have given) are made! It ended up that the cupcake potholders I planned on making became cupcake ornaments that I wanted to make which became jewelry because another friend was giving cupcake themed gifts and I didn’t want to overwhelm my baker friend with too many cupcakes. She loved the necklace though, the crystals I used matched her topaz engagement ring! The other friend who was supposed to get a necklace ended up buying one from me at the Hartbeat Market, so I made her earrings to match instead. It actually worked out really well, I feel like I’ve only been home to sleep for the past few weeks. *deep breath* Now I can relax a little.
The only handmade gift I have left is a Tardis that I planned on making one of my guy friends for his birthday, but it’s going out with his xmas gift because I’m a terrible friend. Then it’s back to the baby blanket!
I’ve found some other great etsians in my browsing over the weekend who have some great supplies that I can’t get at my local shop. TerraFinds has tons of great briolet jems and sterling and gold connectors and pendants. Carolina Bead Shop has some great sterling and gold pendants, and amie3 has fabulous hand made lampwork beads. Very similar to Grace Beads, but I think her prices are better, plus she’s local for me! Oh, and Thunder Moon Supplies has awesome deals on sterling silver chain and wire, among other things. I placed a few orders from a few places and I’m really looking forward to trying out some new designs!
I am definitely looking forward to my vacation after Christmas… I’m hoping to be super productive and have lots of new stuff for the new year!
How are your handmade projects going? Have you run into any roadblocks?
Hi! Happy belated Turkey Day! Hopefully it was enjoyable and full of delicious dishes! Now that I’m out of the turkey fog, it’s time to get down to business. I actually spent a decent amount of time these last few days creating new stuff for the show. It’s coming up so fast!! Not only am I trying to make sure I have enough product, but I’m thinking about things that I almost overlooked; I realized that I should have some kind of mirror so people can check out how something looks on them! How could I forget that? It’s like the most important part of selling jewelry!! I’m sure this event will be quite the learning experience, and I’m lucky that I have such a supportive guy who’s even volunteered to help me out that day! I have a special surprise for those who make a purchase at the show. So if you’re in the area, be sure to stop by!
Hanukkah is fast approaching as well, and I’ve only got one more gift left to make. (whew!) Being crafty definitely has it’s perks around the holidays! Thankfully, Jack and I are giving as a couple, which means I don’t have to stress over what to get the guys in the family. He handled that, and I’m handling the women. Hooray gender stereotypes! (har)
Once I get past Hanukkah and the show, my next deadline is the 12th – when I meet up with my close friends to exchange gifts. This year is crazy! Due to time constraints, I gave up on the hat for one friend in favor of a layered multi-strand necklace – which I still have to make! But at least I know that will take me a matter of hours vs a few days. (I have a tendency to underestimate how much time it actually takes me to knit something.) Even still, I’m sticking to the pot holder idea for my baker friend. Once the show is done, it’s full steam ahead on those two gifts. Anyone have a magic wand so I can create a couple extra days in the week?
After that, I can relax a little! Most of my other holiday shopping is done, just a few finishing touches and I will be all set. Then I can just enjoy the holiday season, woohoo! I’m really glad I was able to pretty much avoid all retail outlets this year. As stressful as the earlier deadlines feel, I’m way less stressed than usual about Christmas time. Maybe next year I can get an even bigger head start on handmade gifts!
I won’t lie, this post is inspired by a contest put on by Art Fire. It also inspired me to make a lot of things for this holiday season, which is something I sort of forget to do this time of year. This year is proving to be a tighter budget than years past, so what better way to be able to give without stress! Since I’ve gotten so many compliments on my hat, I’ve decided to make one for a good friend of mine with Vanna’s Choice medium weight yarn in burgundy (about $3.99/skein when it’s not on sale). I hope she loves it as much as I love mine!! Another good friend of mine started culinary school this year and is focusing on baking and cake decorating. She loooooves cupcakes! I found this adorable potholder pattern on Craft that I’ll be making for her. I’m planning to add some flourishes like swirl lines or sprinkles on the frosting once they’re done; I may even make one vanilla!
Still working on that baby blanket too. I realized yesterday that when I picked up additional yarn, I grabbed the wrong color for one of the blues!! Since I was stalled on that, I had a chance to experiment with some new jewelry ideas. I’ve been getting creative with hand bent earring wires, and it’s so much fun! Once I get the proper tools I will be posting a tutorial. I’ve a lot of work to do for this Hartbeat Market on the 4th: making more product, figuring out how to package everything for sale, what to use for shopping bags for purchases, finding things to display stuff on…my oh my! Besides making jewelry to sell, I’ve got a few more loved ones on my list that will be receiving hand made sparklies from me. I’ve got supplies but now I need some inspiration!
Remember: just because you’re giving handmade does not mean you are cheap! Many people (the ones on the receiving end) forget or overlook how much time and effort and love goes into handmade gifts. Be proud of what you make and make sure those getting handmade gifts are the ones who will truly appreciate your work!
Will you be giving handmade this year? If so, what kind of things will you be giving?