all the spare and not-so-spare minutes of december were filled with a fluster of making - it was my most creative month all year! i made all but a few of the gifts we gave to family, mostly from found or re-purposed items. it was kind of like shopping (but without the nasty crowds. just the nasty bugs) when i dug through a bunch of old stuff we had stored in a shed from when we lived here before - and i was able to uncover many piles of randomness to use in my crafting!
for the girls, i wanted a princess and the pea bed inspired by this and this. mick and i worked side-by-side like sneaky elves one night, and we all adore it! needlefelted pea went missing in a sea of wrapping paper and has yet to be found...
if i wasn't so tired, i would sneak in to play with it late at night ;)
the other thing i made for my sweet girls took about 10 minutes and cost almost nothing! they are both really into their doll play so i made little mini-slings fashioned after my own. the rings were under $2 for a set, and i got 1/4 of a metre of sale fabric which was around $2.50 each.
they were made by hemming the edges of the length of fabric, then accordion folding one end to loop through the rings and secure down by sewing. then the loose end just feeds through the rings and can be adjusted to any length.
they were so pleased and proud that i had made their gifts...and nothing beats that feeling. i hope that they will always value a homemade present - well, they're going to bet getting them for a long time anyway!
tomorrow - thrifty gifts part two. gifts i made for the adults in my life (who are harder to please, but i think i did ok)!