Thursday, August 22, 2013

Operation Homemade Christmas


         Earlier this year, I posted --that I wanted to have a “simple, homemade Christmas”.   In order to save money, simplify our holiday, and remember the true meaning of Christmas, I wanted to make most, if not all of our Christmas gifts.  I got off to a pretty good start-crocheted several doll blankies for my granddaughter and nieces, and crocheted a dish cloth for my cousin.  Then I had an emergency appendectomy and my plans went right out of the window!  I had complications and had a very rough time of it for quite a while and didn’t accomplish anything.  Nothing got done for my Project Homemade Christmas for months—zip, zilch, nada.  Therefore I am so very far behind on my gift making.  

      My jellies and jams are usually made by now so I think I will have to start to working on those first.  I make strawberry jam, grape jelly, apple jelly, zuchinni  jam and if I have time—apple butter to put in goody baskets for my friends and family.  I just love putting together homemade goodness to share with those who mean the most to me!  Gifts from the heart are the best aren’t they?

      I did order small wooden discs from Factory Direct Crafts to make snowball picture ornaments with.  I plan on painting them white, using a punch to punch a perfect round circle out of a pic, then Modge Podging onto wooden disc.  Then I plan on gluing Mica flakes to edges to look like snow. I think those will be my second project.    I have been taking pictures of loved ones all year with the intention of making these precious little ornies.   Many of my favorite ornaments on my tree have pictures of my family in/on them. 

Our newest family member Peyton will go on the tree this year!
   Framed pictures are a favorite gift to give as well.  I have been taking photos all year with this in mind also.  My children receive pics of mom and dad(or the Grandparents) most years!  If they are not appreciated so much now, one day they will realize the true value and hopefully will be thankful they have these photo mementos of us.  Appreciation increases with age doesn’t it?
Me and my Hubby!
My aunt and cousins!

    With these projects in mind, I hope to get caught up on my Project Homemade Christmas!

Have you started your Christmas crafting yet? Please share your progress in the comments section.

More Project Homemade Christmas to come! And I will be posting pics as I work on all of my projects.

Simple Handcrafted Blessings to you all,




  1. Morning Friend
    I started making my homemade gifts in June.
    But have so many more to make.
    Its so fun.
    I love handmade myself.
    Pure Love!
    Woolie Blessings

  2. Handmade is surely the best!
    Have a great day and thanks for commenting! I just love hearing from other bloggers!

  3. Great ideas. I love getting homemade gifts. You're right that appreciation increases with age. :-)

    Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.

    Kathi @

  4. I would love to join you again! Thanks!

  5. I am making homemade soap, vanilla, and jams this year.