The plan today was to hit the shops and do some long overdue Christmas shopping. I am usually so organised about these things but Christmas seems to have snuck up on me like Santa down the chimney this year – leaving me with a week to go and not a single Christmas present under the tree!
I mentioned this lack of purchasing to the husband last week who suggested that to save money ‘we’ make presents for family and friends. Now I love him but Ryan is not a creative soul... As a last minute resort I once set him the task of sticking plastic strips together to make honeycombs for my first year costume. He lasted less than 4 minutes before jumping up, scattering plastic all over the floor and proclaiming ‘it was too fiddly’.
After this I decided he was best left out of the studio when it came to making things and we’ve managed fine since. So I have a feeling that this royal ‘we’ he mentioned meant that I would make gifts for the family while he occasionally pointed out that so-and-so wouldn’t like that fabric or that if he was doing it, he’d do it this or that way. And so today began...
My mum was up first.
Mum is a nightmare to buy for, being one of those annoying people who when asked what she would like says – ‘I don’t know... but I don’t need any ornaments, clothes, smellies or mugs. Oh and I’m not eating chocolate either’. Great, thanks mum you’ve basically ruled out every go to present in the book there! The only thing she did finally admit to wanting was the Penguin Book postcard set. So I bought her these, as well as some smellies (I’ve decided you can never have too many) and some Thornton’s toffee (she said she wasn’t eating chocolate – never said anything about toffee).
Anyway wanting to add to the gift – I love giving people presents and the more the merrier is my usual thought process – I decided to make her something too. Now she said no ornaments, so again bending the rules only slightly I decided to make a frame to display some of her Penguin postcards in as well as some badges that she picked out from my retro range.
I covered the frame in some delicate floral fabric and lined up the badges and postcards of her favourite books and voila; a handmade gift that wasn’t banned from her Christmas list!
Perfect – my mum sorted I moved onto Ryan’s mum and made one of her presents – a compact mirror with a photo of the family at the Coca Cola Christmas stand in Manchester. I also made two more of these personalised mirrors at the request of a friend for her daughters. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they do add a nice personal touch – especially for special occasions like weddings and births.
After that I got slightly distracted adding more products to the website... badges, buttons and journals are now all available. It’s so exciting to finally see the things I’ve been making on sale!
And now I’m back to planning more Christmas present making...
I was given this fantastic book by a work colleague and fully intend to use some of the brilliant ideas as gifts this year. Including the simple eye masks, cosy slippers, fun fruit bowl pears and adorable doggy teddies.
A slightly tall order at this late stage so best get cracking! Time to unearth Ryan from his sofa – find a suitably Christmassy film to watch and continue making my presents.
Til next time guys!
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