Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The 12 Weeks of Christmas

Ok, not to make you nervous, but there about 12 weeks left until Christmas (give or take).

Don't worry, it will be ok.

I'm usually not one to even think about Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving, but I had an idea for the blog and I hope you all will be excited about it and benefit from it.

I'm going to share with you a tutorial for a handmade Christmas gift once a week for 12 weeks. I thought about doing "The 12 Days of Christmas" but that really doesn't give me or you a lot of time to get things done. So I'm starting this THIS WEEK!

I know, I know......it's October! But imagine this- making Christmas gifts ahead of time so we're not all crying and panicking on Christmas Eve. PLUS, they're all handmade and will save you some money. So... are you ready to start?

(Oh, and just so you know, my blog is not going to become "all Christmas presents all the time" or anything. I'm still going to share all sorts of projects and fun with you all.)

BUT FIRST.
My guidelines to all handmade gift making (I really only have 2):

1. NEVER apologize for making a handmade gift or say something like, "Sorry I didn't have enough money for a REAL gift." There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with a handmade gift. When you apologize for making something for someone, you've done two things:

  • Made the receiver of the gift feel bad. They now think that you made a gift because you felt obligated to get them something but didn't have the money. They feel guilty that you went to all that trouble. And

  •  Made your gift sound cheap. Maybe you DID choose to make something because you were low on cash, but you also put your time, mind, and creativity into this gift. It is full of worth and handmade with LOVE!!!
2. Make it as well as you possibly can.

Sometimes, there is a bit of a stigma attached to handmade gifts. Why? Because people have been given impersonal or poorly made gifts in the past. I admit, I've even been the giver of these gifts before. Regardless what you think your level of artsy-ness is, just make sure you do your very best. The receiver will see the  of effort and the thought you put into it.

Give yourself the appropriate amount of time to finish the project, and even more time in case of an emergency. I'm speaking to myself here as well but: SERIOUSLY don't wait until the last minute to make a gift that's supposed to be heartfelt and loving. It is really embarrassing when something you're giving falls apart on the spot- BELIEVE ME.

Make it personal to the person: Don't make your husband a floral pillowcase unless that's really something he will enjoy and use. Know what I'm saying?

So now we have the ground rules, I hope that didn't sound ranty- they're just based on mistakes I've made in the past...

Watch out for the first gift of Christmas later this week!

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