Saturday, January 3, 2015

Catching up after the Christmas Rush

Wow! It seems like forever since I've sat down and written a blog post! I was so busy making things for my grandchildren during December that I barely had time to look up. I sewed and made gifts right up to Christmas Eve this year. Thought I'd share some of them with you here today.

For my two granddaughters, ages 3 and 2, I purchased a rolling cart at Michael's with 10 drawers. From a suggestion from their mom, I filled each drawer with craft items. There were pom poms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners. popsicle sticks, stickers, foam shapes/stickers, die cuts, A2 size paper, envelopes, patterned paper, glue sticks, Elmer's glue, crayons, and much more! It took me quite a while to accumulate all these things, some were purchased, some were out of my stash. The girls started sticking stickers all over everything when they got this gift! I think it will get alot of use around their house. I did not get a picture of the actual cart unfortunately, but here is the same cart I use in my craft room.

 For my granddaughters and my grandson, I also made Super Hero capes. I used a pattern I found here. They were a big hit too, although my grandson, age 2 1/2, does not watch much TV and really had no idea what a Super Hero was. I think he will get the jist of it though.

For my new baby grandson Henry, I made a soft minky/flannel ribbon blanket. I had some help from my 3 year old granddaughter on it. She sat on my lap as I sewed on the machine and took out the pins as we sewed along.I also finished a quilt I have been making for Henry, and made a stocking.

For my 12 year old grandson, I made a little wool penny mat for his dresser. It has an owl listening to an ipod and says "You Rock". 

I also made sewing kits for each of my two daughters. I made the actual zippered pouch which measures 12" x 21" when opened. Then I filled it with all kinds of things I thought they could use for casual household-type sewing - good scissors, pins, a pincushion, safety pins, neutral colored thread, needles, a marking pen, a tape measure, etc. This kit was alot more complicated to sew than I had thought at first glance. It is a pattern by Atkinson Designs called Classmate.

On top of all these crafts, I also made all of our Christmas cards and several ornaments from the Papertrey Tinsel and Tags Make-It-Market kit.  The most special thing I RECEIVED for Christmas was this one of a kind fabric that my daughter designed. She made inked handprints from each of the grandchildren, uploaded them to a website, and had this fabric printed. I will treasure it forever and will try to find the perfect project to use it - that is if I can ever cut into it!!!


  1. Oh my gosh you make the very best projects! Your family must be thrilled with every gift! Each one is amazing. Hope you have a Blessed 2015!

    1. Thanks Marybeth! I know you must know also, that anything you make from your heart is always special. My grandchildren seem to enjoy the things I make them. I love checking out your blog and all the wonderful things you make!

  2. It is truly unbelievable, what you have accomplished, Susan. Beautiful work and things that your family will treasure for years to come. You are an inspiration!!