The majority of my friends gave handmade gifts this year and I can't tell you how much more I cherish the craftsmanship and sentiment.
With only having a few days left to make gifts, I chose an easy route: stamping on canvas tote bags.
It's hard to go wrong with a triangle motif. The stamps were easy to cut with an xacto blade and the stamped pattern is forgiving with irregularities.
Again, I learned this technique in the Design Sponge craft workshop. I cut the triangle out of a foam sheet and stuck the adhesive back to a small piece of cardboard. Using the first triangle as a template, I cut 5 additional ones for stamps so I would have one designated for each color I planned to use.
A foam brush was used to apply the paint. Step and repeat. Wash and reuse. A fairly simple process.
Instead of wrapping, I just rolled them up in a smaller piece of fabric and tied it with some leftover yarn.
And since we're discussing handmade gifts, below are a few I received from friends.
Suzy is a reputable momma to many large succulents (I don't know how she does it), so she gave her friends clippings off her large jade. I repotted it in a sweet little pot I just found at the thrift store.
(local peeps: Habit for Humanity in Kville just received a large shipment of Smith & Hawkins pots and containers - all range from 99 cents to $2.99)
Richelle beaded an awesome necklace. You're going to start noticing a common motif amongst our presents.
Marissa painted pinecones and pendants and presented them in a reusable container she had also painted. I love these.
Beth always makes ornaments for her friends every year and this year was no different. You can view some of her other ornaments here.
Julie sewed little tissue holders for her pals. I love the cute duck fabric she chose.
And Amy didn't knit the sweet llama ornament, but someone somewhere did.
So that's a glimpse into my loot. What did you guys make or receive for the holidays?