One of the best things about doing a blog is that you have an excuse - even better, a reason - to surf the web for awesome stuff. Another thing is getting to wax poetic and trust your readers to either read or scroll, whatever they want.
I've been so inspired by all the blogs and sites I have the pleasure of looking through and communicating with. You artist-crafters from all over make such beautiful and lovely items, objects that make me believe in the essential good of human nature. How else could there be so much beauty in the world?
As the holidays roll around, I think those of us who make things feel some added pressure to step up our craft for gifts, decorations, etc - and we really don't have to. The basics, the things we are good at and are easy, are the best gifts to make. Plus, everyone loves the essentials.
For those who sew
Zippered pouches make easy, useful gifts. You also can opt for fancier fabrics, as you don't need to purchase as much.
Classic Tote Bag, is there anything it can't do? You can use any fabric, alter the size, add trim, add pockets, pleats or ANYTHING with the classic patterns, and everyone needs more tote bags.
For those that cook
Christmas Cookies are always a great bet, and I know that I always appreciate the time and effort put into making them. One of the things I like so much about getting cookies is that I get to explore other people's recipes, as I tend to make the same thing year after year. I am, however, making the above pictured Oreo Upgrade.
Mason Jar Recipes. They're easy to make, economical, attractive and fun to get. You can make both cookies and savory items, like cornbread. Friends made us several cookie jars a couple of years ago, and we loved them. I might make up some myself, this year.
For the Knitters
I can't speak by the way of patterns, but I know that hats and scarves are easy to make - and AWESOME to get. Don't ever think because you have given someone a scarf or a hat, you can't do it again. The more the better! I love love love getting both, and it's not just because I live in Minnesota where it's Winter 2/3 of the year. If you know socks, PLUS!
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