Judging by displays in stores, it is getting to be the holiday season.
My garden is still going, Halloween season still feels far off, the temperatures are still reaching into the 60s during the day, and we having’t had our first frost yet.
But still. There is Christmas candy and wrapping paper and lights and decorations and even though I am 100% vociferously against advertising for Christmas in October, it does serve to remind me that I need to get crafting if I want to make my Christmas gifts this year.
It isn’t officially Christmas season until the first Elf viewing, thankyouverymuch.
Every year I set lofty goals of making all my gifts. Truth be told most years I hand make at least 75% of the gifts I give, but this year I am making it my mission to beat that record, which means I need to start yesterday.
To help me stay motivated, I’m using my Today I Made challenge of 2013. For this whole month, I will be crafting something every day. Or working on a craft, if that craft is a big project.
I’m looking at you ripple striped afghan.
It’s bigger than this now.
I’ve gotten altogether too comfortable with whipping up a batch of cookies real quick like or throwing some new spices in a nut butter and calling that my Today I Made. Not that there is anything wrong with that, and I’ve been eating like a cookie queen this year as a direct result of that, but I need to get my craft on.
To that end, I’m amending my rules for the month of October: I’m limiting myself to only 1 day a week for food “Mades”
This includes cookies, nut butters, sauces, etc. Because I know it seems like I am making tons of stuff all the livelong day, but really I promise you I am NOT.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies (above), Maple Molasses Butternut Cookies, Banana Orange Nut Cookies, Chocolate Chipotle Chili Cookies – these are just four of the kinds of cookies I’ve made in the last two weeks. I wish that were an embellishment.
I’ve made so many cookies and nut butters and sauces/dips/whathaveyous that I could make them in my sleep. They take mere minutes. Really. Taking the pictures of them is the longest part of the process, and to be honest, I’m getting bored with that, too.
The other 6 days of the week, I must craft. Crocheting, sewing, gardening (I’ll call that a craft for now), drawing, flower arranging, basket weaving….you get the idea.
Come hell or high water, everyone on my list is getting a handmade craft, damnitall. And they are going to like it.
Actually, and this is a true story, a couple years ago, I had my older sister’s name in our family name exchange (we have a big family, so we exchange names and avoid having to buy presents for 9 people) and when I handed it to her, she was super smiley. When she unwrapped her non-handmade gift, her disappointment was obvious.
Turns out, I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation in my family as the gift-maker.
I’ve knit hats with DNA on them (above).
I’ve crocheted hooded scarves.
I’ve made Christmas ornaments.
I’ve sewn (slightly pornographic and thus not modeled for the photo by yours truly) “nighties” (The pattern-writers choice of words, not mine.)
I’ve sewn aprons with a hand-embroidered pocket on them.
(Okay one. I’ve done that once. But it was great.)
In fact, let’s see a close-up of that, shall we?
Yep, super cool.
I’ve even made some jewelry.
My point is that I’ve set a precedent not only with the receivers, but also with myself. I’ve done it before and I’m inspired to do it again.
I deem this to be the Christmas Season of Crafts.
Do you make your gifts? Do you like getting home-made gifts? Are you planning on making any gifts this year?