Monday, December 22, 2008

Handmade Christmas 2008

So I had some really great ideas and plans to do a very handmade Christmas this year. But, alas, LIFE got in the way (especially work) and I was only able to muster one handmade gift.

BOO.

Of course, after I was done assembling it, I immediately had ideas on how to improve it, but of course, no time to rip it apart and start again. It will just have to do as is.

Do you remember this?

Well, here's how it turned out:

If I ever did this project again, I would definitely remember to add a handle (I actually wrote one into the pattern, but forgot to put it in there before I sewed the whole thing together) and some sort of velcro closure or something so it would stay together better. I also realized that I should have added some batting or something in between the outer layer and inner so that it would have a bit more structure when you take the book/coloring implements out. And a flap at the top. I should have added a flap so the stuff wouldn't fall out if it was swung around by a 3 year old.

Oh well.

All in all, I'm glad I was able to make something at all. I have been so burned out from work it has been really tough to get any creative time in. At some point, I just resigned myself to the fact that I would have to hold off on my godchild's gift (still a surprise), and the Waldorf doll for Little Miss. The idea for my husband may also just have to wait until his birthday next year. Seems like a long ways away, but given the fact that I drafted my pattern for this little gift in September and didn't get to finish it until last week . . . we've got to be more realistic about my time constraints.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Can the Government Please Not Crush the Handmade Industry?

I am so sad after reading this thread that I found on Etsy. If the government has its way, that Etsy shop I've mused about opening will probably never happen. Unless I stop wanting to make things for kids.


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