December 14, 2008

Decking the Halls

Let me begin by saying, for the record, that I am actually working on my last big embroidery project/Christmas gift. See?

I'm just dragging it out by doing other things at the same time.

Ahem. Onward.

Every year for Christmas I put together a little gift box of goodies for our closest friends. It usually consists of a couple different kinds of candy, and I usually stick with quick, easy things. This year I've gone a little overboard. Not only did I make two kinds of candy (tiger fudge and peppermint bark), but I also made two different kinds of freezer jelly (strawberry and my favorite, grape) and a little felt ornament for each box.

All of these projects by themselves are pretty easy to do and don't take much time. In fact, I made the strawberry jelly in November so that I would have less to do now. But when you combine all of them and add to that the fact that I just realized what the date is and that I am running out of time to see these friends and deliver the gifts before we all get lost in the holiday rush, you have a bit of chaos. I spent a couple of days getting it all pulled together and have finally finished. I may have done a bit more than I needed to, but the boxes look lovely and full of Christmas cheer.

(Individual images on my Flickr page.)

So these ornaments are what I've been spending my recent time on. I kept them simple. I used craft felt and embroidery floss and just free-stitched a design on each of them. I made multiples of each one, too, so it went faster once I had the first of each design figured out. The little trees have a bit of batting stuffed in them, but the pointsettia and star looked funny with stuffing, so I skipped it. I really enjoyed this project because I was able to just be creative and enjoy the process, and they stitched up quickly so I had more instant gratification than usual. Next year I hope I have time to do more.

Now it's back to finishing the big project. Has anyone noticed the date? Christmas is on our heels. Eep!


Tweed Delights said...

Ooooh! I love these decorations - so cheerful! I must make mine a little earlier next year too :D!

Anonymous said...

is that japanese characters in black that i see?

Muddlepud said...

Ooh, bookwormbethie, good eye! Yes. I'll blog about it to explain more when it's finished, but you are definitely seeing Japanese characters. said...

That sounds SO nice! you have such lucky friends!