Doing it for the fun of it.
Well now that things have calmed down from Dragon Con, the planning for Christmas gifts can begin. What? I’m not planning for next
year yet? Well yes that has been going on too, but I figure since Christmas is just a few months away I should start thinking about gift ideas. Last year I didn’t make too many gifts, but I did make a few. I would like to make at least one hand made thing for each person this year, but gathering ideas that are actually plausible will be difficult. I have a few idea for a couple people but as they read this blog I can not go into those ideas. Instead I will talk about things I have made in years past that have gone over pretty well.
Last year (2012) as I said I didn’t make too many things. Every year I make over 500 cookies that I divvy out and ship to family and friends. It is kinda my fallback gift. No ideas for *insert name*, they get Cookies! I also did a few tree ornaments this year, Meg and Heather were the recipients of them, and they turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself. I also made a ringmaster jacket for my Boss. It was a commission from one of his managers from the theatre, and as they had gotten him a top hat for his birthday earlier in the year they figured he needed a jacket too. But as Mark is a fairly big guy, and has to have his hats specially ordered to fit his head. I was asked to make one to fit him. When asked later on how I got it to fit him so perfectly I told him every time he was around I was doing measurements behind his back. I also finished my long overdue Christmas Caroling cloak, which i had been promising to make myself for the last few years, and it is adorable 🙂
2011 I did my usual cookies, and make 3 stuffed animals/things. Heather got Boo, from Mario. Andy got a Goomba from Mario as well, and Meg got her favorite Muppet, a really cute soft cuddly Rolf. I also made a pillow with a bull moose head appliqued on but can’t seem to find a picture of it. I made it for my dad.
2010 was the year of hats, ,I made winter hats for pretty much everyone. Warm fleece hats, and each specialized to each person. Meg got a Invader Zim hat, I had been commissioned earlier in the year to do a jacket, and she thought it was the cutest thing ever. Leeann got a monster that looked like it was eating her head. Cris got a cat, since she was on the DC Demon Cats Roller Derby team. And her son Keanu got a stegosaurus, since he was obsessed with dinosaurs.
This year I have decided to try new things. Maybe some canned items, or a big sewing project I have never even thought to attempt. Wish me luck, I am definitely gonna need it 🙂