The premise: While thoughts of homemade sugarplum fairies are still dancing through our heads........we should recall all those brilliant finds and tutorials in one central location and get started EARLIER on our Christmas Love Gifts for 2009.
Joke Advent Calendar: Tell me that everyone on your list doesn't need one of these on Dec. 1st. This would totally rock for the little boy/girl scout in your life. Or even Grandma and Grandpa. Or, heck, your school teacher, or ME. Yes, you could make it for me, then I wouldn't have to. And I will laugh heartily at every joke.
Elfies Embroidery: Beyond adorable. I want dishtowels, t-shirts, pillowcases, hey how about a big long string of them holding hands.
Parchment Loaves: How clever, how cute! I got a Kitchenaid (Martha Stewart Blue, thank you) for Christmas and I will be whipping these up all year long. Quick breads are not just for Christmas. They are for good neighbors, like me.
Homemade Christmas Garland: I think I went ice skating once as a camp fire girl in 1974. But there is just something about the silhouette of ice skates that says..........Dorothy Hamil wanna be. I think I want to have homemade garlands all year long.
Lap Desk: This would be for ME and maybe you if you're on my nice list.
How cute is this???!! And a wonderful excuse to use fun fabric. I need a different 'pillow' for each month.
Root Deer: Who thinks of this stuff?? Apparently, Little Birdie Secrets. Brilliant. ALL of my neighbors will receive this next year.
Little House Ornaments: I've been dreaming of these since Halloween. I just didn't get my act together soon enough this year. But watch out tomorrow! I'm getting felt and I'm going to find my inner beader.
Pocket Advent Calendar: Possibly the most witty and imaginative idea yet. I can see this being sent to college kids, missionaries, servicemen, tweeny friends etc. etc. etc. I think I would possibly be anointed coolest aunt in the world if I just sent this to all of my nieces and nephews. Yes?? Have I mentioned how much I love this idea??!!!
Napkins: Again, I can work with more fabric than I deserve. I love to crochet and I would love to have my friends and loved ones wiping gravy on these. That would bring me joy. If I can save one person from a needless stain, then I have done some good in the world.
Roll Up Kitchen Playmat: Tell me that this is not beyond adorable. Go ahead, just try. I'm going to be a grandma SOME DAY and I think I need to start collecting and making. Don't you think the church nursery needs one too??
Whew! This is enough to keep me busy right up until Dec. 24th.