The year is nearing a close … can you feel it?

by kath_red on 29/11/2012

in Holidays, Newsletter

Can you feel the energy that this time of year brings? There is almost a vibration in the air as everyone gears up for end of year events, school performances, end of year concerts, parties, dinners, picnics and pool parties for some and snow days and fireside warm drinks for others. It feels so frantic but exciting and fun too. There are secretive packages being stowed, and holiday cooking in action, the tree and decorations come out, holiday drinks are mandatory (and some songs too). What are you doing at this time of year? are you up to your eyeballs or trying hard to avoid it all?

W generally try to have a pretty low key Christmas, we have a tree, and big lunch and we exchange presents, I bake. This year we are in the midst of packing up our house for our road trip next year, and so we will be even more minimal than usual — not a lot of baking (and it has become hot here already) but we will have our favourite ginger cookies (which I included in our Celebration Action Pack from last year).

But naturally I have to have homemade gifts for friends and family (and teachers) — and most everyone will be getting some Homemade Apothecary salves and lotions and bath salts and lip balms.

What are your homemade holiday making plans? I have a couple of pinterest boards you might like for this time of year – DIY holiday crafts and DIY gifts, cards and packaging. I am loving the idea of spices and pinecones and oranges as a holiday theme — simple and natural. Pom pom berry wreath :: toothpick stars :: string art tree :: cardboard roll stars.

Are you planning on giving foodie gifts? Mulling spice packs :: Salted hot caramel mix :: Chai concentrate :: Vanilla caramel sauce :: Homemade Nutella :: Peppermint bark

Stuff I have been doing

  • Book reviews: Push series :: five knitting books :: three textile craft books
  • Mentioned our Year of Reading Out Loud — and posted a book list for 10 years and up for our family to read out loud together.
  • What is a magazine for kids — do you have any favourites or suggestions?
  • At whipup the knitting designer series finished up – and I am thinking of another series for next year — any ideas? Anyone want to contribute?
  • Working through corrections for my upcoming quilt book, will be coming out with Stash mid next year — very excited about this one! (and as you can see from the pic above, I was checking my twitter at the same time!)

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1 Suzanne November 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

You are one busy lady. Thanks for the links and the creative gift inspiration. I love to make homemade granola to give as gifts and my brain is spinning with hopeful small knits for friends, socks for my sons and possibly a few simple scarves too.


2 kath_red December 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

I love ‘jars’ of things to give as gifts — granola is one, the dry ingredients for cookies along with a recipe is also something I like to do — looks pretty too!


3 Junk in my Footlocker Trunk December 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

When it’s time for my holiday shopping, I visit craft and thrift stores with a little money and an open mind. When I see something that reminds me of one of my loved ones I think, “How can I turn this into a great gift?”

One of my favorites to date was a mesh back support I found at a dollar store. My dad is always using pillows for his back while he drives, and he helped me quite a bit that year. So I bought some macrame cord and stitched, “Thanks for your support” in the mesh fabric. :)


4 kath_red December 5, 2012 at 12:21 am

what a great idea — I too like to visit thrift stores to see what I can turn up.



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