My Christmas Tree this year! With notably no ornaments near the bottom and tinfoil around the bottom because cats.
As I think I stated earlier, I overcommitted on holiday gifts this year. I wanted to make EVERYONE a cross stitch. I found patterns that looked pretty quick and easy. In reality, even the simplest pattern took me five hours. Which is a very long time to spend on one gift when you want to make 20 of them. Because of this, everyone did not get a cross stitch this year. In fact, I am STILL making holiday gifts. I thought, instead of waiting to show you when I (eventually) finish all the gifts, I'd show you all the gifts I made for my family.
First up is my Momma's gift. An Olaf cross stitch. It says 'Some People are Worth Melting for,' though it's a little hard to read. It definitely took the longest. It took me forever.
Next up is the cross stitch I made for my Dad. It says, 'I love you a latte,' which I thought was a nice dad joke and also my dad and I both have a love of lattes, so it was relevant.
Next up, my sister's cross stitch. This one is censored a lil bit. We have a special bond with a shared love of profanity, snarkiness, and hilarity. This pattern originally said something like, 'always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn,' but that is not nearly as funny as what I came up with.
She was supposed to send me a better picture, so now she has to deal with this.
For my final handmade family gift, I made an apron for my other sister. She was originally going to get a cross stitch too, but I'm a faster sewer, was running short on time, and she actually wanted an apron, so it was a win-win. She sent me a nice picture, so thanks, Lex! The fabric is a sparkly pink for the background, the ties and ruffle border are a black and pink bow fabric. The ruffle on the pockets is a bit of mint-green lace, and the main fabric is a cupcake fabric. I altered the pattern of the apron to have four pockets instead of the pattern-suggested two absurdly large pockets. There is also a little monogrammed A on the ties which I don't know if she saw yet, but I just thought I'd mention it.
Sadly (or not sadly depending on how you look at it), I didn't make my brother a gift. I bought him some nike socks. But if I tell you he's a 15 year old boy, will it excuse me? They're so hard to make things for. I guess I could have made him a pair of sweatpants, but honestly, if they don't have a nike symbol, he's not super interested. I'd much rather buy him socks than a video game or make him art that he'll hate. Maybe one day that will change, but he seemed fine with the socks. He told my mom he wanted them.
So what handmade gifts did you give this season? Or what gift did you purchase that when you saw it you thought it was the most perfect gift for that person (I love buying gifts for people too!)? Who's the hardest to shop for in your family/friends? Let me know down in the comments!