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Handmade and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts!

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I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.

Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.

Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉

On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.

What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?

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From the kitchen:

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters

Slow Cooker Party Mix

The BEST Gingersnap Cookies

Spicy Honey Almonds

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Knit and Crochet:

52 Free Dishcloth Patterns 

Some Lovely Knit Shawls

Five Spring Knit Cowls

How to Knit Socks and an Easy Peasy Pattern

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 Giving of Your Time and Talents

(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂

-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.

-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.

-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.

-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.

Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.

-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.

-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.

-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.

Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Free Market and Tote Bag Patterns!

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I got an email from Interweave recently that included a free download for this new sewing ebook.

The bags all look great! And I know from past experience that their eBooks are well done. Easy to get a copy too.

If you like to sew and are in need of a new market bag or tote (or want to make one for a gift) don’t miss this free offer!

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On the topic of sewing, I still haven’t finished the PJ’s I blogged about a while back, 😦 but hope to have them finished this week for sure. 

I wish I could cut out sleep LOL; I have cut back to about 6 hours a night though. Seems to be enough.

I actually feel better than when I was sleeping for 8 hours a night. Less tired. Go figure. 😉

There’s NEVER enough time in the day. Can you relate?

What are you making right now? Do share. I love to hear about all kinds of projects.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Back to Sewing!

I’ve always loved to sew, but in recent years haven’t been sewing nearly as much as I used to.

Where we live now, I don’t have a lot of room to set up my sewing machine etc. and leave it out, which is how I like to work.

But I recently decided to ignore my current work environment,  😉 get out the scissors, thread and fabric and get to it again!

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My trusty Singer sewing machine!

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Here’s the project I’m working on currently, a pair of “fun” pajamas for me!

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Isn’t this a cute print?  Such a nice soft cotton too.

I’m also making the camisole in a solid green cotton, to go with the PJ’s.

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When I get the pajamas finished, I’m planning to make this lined tote-bag next. Something I could really use! Not sure of the fabric yet.

Do you like to sew? If you’re making something now, do share!

Happy Crafting. 🙂