So... Ummmm... yes, I realize that Christmas is 8 months away. This post is not about how I am so organized that I am making Christmas gifts so far in advance.. oh how I WISH!! Unfortunately the works in progress are Christmas gifts for Christmas 2010! YIKES... I'm a little late, don't you think?!?!?
Oh well... people don't miss gifts they never knew they were getting, right?!?! I guess these will just become gifts for Christmas 2011 or just-for-fun gifts is more like it. I'm embroidering a couple of tote bags for my niece, Corinne and my cousin, Taylor. They are the same age and they are BEST OF BUDS. Unfortunately Corinne lives in FL and Taylor in KY (que triste). I like to match their gifts so that they can feel connected by having similar things even though they are hundreds of miles apart. Last summer when Corinne visited for a month they spent several days hanging out with me at my house and we had so much fun! We went to the family day at my work, did slip-n-slide with Cameron and I taught them how to embroider. Before Corinne flew back to FL we shopped at Jo-Ann's and put together little embroidery kits for each of them. They are so much fun to hang out with!
Here are the Christmas 2010/just-for-fun gifts for the girls: embroidered tote bags. The tote bags are from Sublime Stitching as are the patterns for the lettering. I used this Epic Alphabet pattern before (on this pillow) and I love it. It's so fun.
In 2009 I made the first of the matching gifts for Corinne and Taylor. I used an RVA embroidery pattern and stitched each one in the likeness of the girl, wearing their favorite colored dress and personalized with their names.
They both really liked these pillows, so when I suggested I teach them how to embroider they were pumped. It was amazing seeing them sit for hours patiently stitching away. It warmed my heart to be passing along the love of things handmade.
Taylor & Corinne - summer 2010 - age 10