Posts Tagged ‘holiday gifts’

Now that Victoria is getting older she is getting more interested in making things handmade for herself and her friends.  She loves making things for people she loves and then seeing their reaction to what she has done for them.  Its really quite adorable to me, and makes me happy that we have been able to pass on the love for handmade stuff to her.

I have tried to teach her how to crochet, but she is left handed and since I am right handed it makes it kinda hard to really show her what I am doing.  I am hoping once she is a little older it will make more sense to her when she sees me to it and she will be able to “flip” the motions in her head to suit her needs.

Over the summer we got her a kit with a few different looms in it for her to try out since crocheting was not working for her and she really wanted to do another yarn craft besides spool knitting.   I am so glad we got those for her because she loves working with them.  She made some things for her dolls and for herself to practice with and then this Christmas she worked hard to make many presents for people.

She made bracelets for family and friends, belts and headbands for family and friends as well as for her dolls {she said they needed holiday gifts as well 🙂 } and she made a wide bracelet/wristlet for me.  I love the wide one she did, she picked out one of my favorite shades out of my favorite organic yarn collection.  Its so soft!  I would love to have a whole sweater made out of that yarn. 🙂

Victoria picked out some vintage buttons out of my collection as well, she def. went all out to make this piece totally up my alley.  Its even more amazing since she made it all by herself. 🙂

If you have a little one or know a child who really wants to learn to crochet or knit and the motor skills just are not there yet, I highly recommend trying them out on a loom.  They are really easy to work with and there are some great beginner videos on youtube.  Victoria and I prefer the metal tools to pick up the yarn rather  than the plastic or wood ones, they just seem to work easier.  The easiest way I have found to end your piece is by using a crochet hook and then a yarn needle to weave in your ends.

Recently I have been finding Victoria working on her latest loom project when she has her TV time, she is making herself a pillow case.  For that project I am just going to wing it…..hopefully that will work lol  My plan is to have her do two rectangles that are the same size, and then I will just sew three sides together.  It seems simple, and hopefully its going to go as simple as I am seeing it in my head. 😉




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Most of us have a friend or two who love Star Wars….for me I have so many that I can’t even count them on both hands {including myself } lol

In our home we celebrate Christmas a little different than the mainstream.  We try and make most of our gifts handmade with the exception of books, some clothes, and other things that I have not figured out how to make yet 😉

My husband does many things throughout the year for me that are so sweet and awesome that when it comes to holidays we don’t usually do much for each other because we focus on giving all year long to each other and not just on one day.  But that’s a whole other story in itself. 🙂

If we do things for each other on a holiday,  its usually something handmade and fun and then we will all go out as a family and do something together.

Four our daughter, I would say 80% of her holiday gifts are handmade.   My husband and I have fun planning what we will make for her for the holidays in advance, its a fun bonding experience for us that usually ends up being filled with laughter and jokes……{smiling now from the memories this past fall in planning for Victoria…..good times}

So I was already going to take the composition notebooks that my husband uses every day at work and cover them in Yoda themed paper.  He is going to have the coolest comp. notebooks on the block! lol

But then I saw this post on Under the Sycamore and thought it would be a perfect thing to add in.

I love this blog and always find her posts to be so fun and full of raw emotion.  Her craft ideas are awesome and her style for decorating def. speaks to my heart….I wish I could clone a few things in her house and bring them to mine. lol

Check out her blog for photos of what these look like all done up.  She has some great adorable ones. 🙂

I printed the images onto card stock like Ashley advised so that they would hold up better with play.

I think this is going to be an awesome gift for my husband and my daughter too.  They will have a fun craft to do together and then can play with their new Star Wars guys and have a ball while I am making Christmas dinner.

I printed double of both so that they can have extras in case any break or get messed up in the construction process.  If all goes well, we will have two Yodas hanging out on Christmas Day. 🙂

Here are the direct links to these pages for download and printing  {they are free!!}

I am still on the look out for a Chewy……kinda vexed I can’t find one yet. :/
Now I have to get moving on finishing up the comp notebooks …..we have been so busy with school, dance, and PT that I am a little behind.
But I have all the materials so that counts for something right? lol

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