December 17, 2008

Bits and Bobs

I've had this list of projects to finish. I purposely started with the biggest things so that if I got caught up in busy-ness in December I could squeeze in little projects here and there with minimal stress. But a couple weeks ago it started to really bother me that I had a list of small projects looming over me even though I still had one big project to go. It bothered me more than the idea of getting all the little ones done and having one big one hanging in the wings. So I reordered my list. I'm still working on the bigger one, as mentioned in the last post, but I've been making time for the other bits as well.

Here you see what I've been up to today.

I made corner bookmarks to go with a book purchased as a birthday gift. (These recycle old envelopes! I used fancy paper and stamps. Some of the ones at this link are so impressive. I decided to keep it simpler, but I may enjoy exploring more creative options some day.)

I made knotted bracelets as another part of the same birthday gift. (Couldn't find the width of cord recommended so used 2 mm and it worked out fine.)

And I made a notebook as a stocking stuffer for Christmas. (I particularly like this one, for no reason other than that I like to look at it)

These were all great projects in that they were very easy to do (check out the tutorials!), took minimal supplies (most of which I already had), and were very satisfying when completed. I will definitely keep them in my bag of tricks for future quickie-but-impressive gift needs.

I also made some homemade peanut butter dog biscuits but did not take photos. For some reason our family always gives gifts to each other's pets. I ate one to see what it was like, and I have to say it's a good thing dogs aren't terribly discriminating in their tastes. (At least, the ones I know aren't.)

I've one more small project that I hope to complete tomorrow, and otherwise it's back to the larger embroidery. Almost all of the gifts are wrapped, the cards are mailed, the candy is made. And there are still eight shopping days 'til Christmas!

P.S. Thanks to One Pretty Thing for all the great links to these and other projects.


micheleleigh said...

those corner bookmarks are awesome! :)

Tweed Delights said...

Aren't they great - I love them too! Fab idea :D Love the other gifts too - lucky relatives!! said...

Aww you are SO welcome! Thanks tons for the shout-out! You've been so productive, I'm super impressed and motivated to sit down to a crafting marathon tonight!

Muddlepud said...

Thanks, all. I'm glad to be nearing the finish line. I've enjoyed accomplishing so many things, but I'm looking forward to crafting at a slower pace post-holiday so I can feel a little more relaxed and a little less frantic. :)

Katy said...

These are all great! Thank you for the inspiration! I'm going to try the bookmarks and bracelets ASAP.