Every time I decide I'm going to make all the holiday gifts, I tend to overcommit. I thought a month in front of Netflix would be plenty of time to finish 20 or so cross stitches... I was wrong. Never forget to factor in time for house cleaning, doing actual work, socializing, and, well, sleep...
Coffee first next time.
Nevertheless, I am still chugging along and am aiming to get it all done by the end of this month. I went in different directions for a few people's gifts, mostly to save time, but also because I knew they would love it either way. I'm pretty pleased to show you two completed cross stitches in this post, though! I only have one more to go for now.
This one was for one of my good friends! The relatively simple pattern definitely saved some time, though the whole thing overall probably took me around 8 hours. It was an odd size to find a frame for, so I complemented the design with some cute washi tape.
This one was for another one of my good friends. He's super into photography and collects old cameras. We also have a shared love of making each-other laugh with lame jokes, so when I saw the pattern for this one, I just knew that it was the one for him.
Please forgive the odd yellow glow given off by my kitchen table on this one. These are a set of paintings I did for my grandmother. I usually make her jewelry, but I just felt like there's only so much jewelry you can give someone, though my mom assured me that she'd love more. A bit of a backstory on this one:
This particular grandmother and I were very close when I was young. There was one time when we were living in Texas that she came to visit for a week or so. I'm not sure how long it actually was, I was like six, but somewhere around there probably. Anyway, what do you do with little kids? You tell them stories! My grandmother made up a story about a family of chickens. Over the next few years, when I would talk to her on the phone, she would ask me, "What are the chickens doing?" And I would add to the story. So this is my interpretation of 'the chickens' for her. It's acrylic on canvas. Originally I wanted to put cute hats on them, one painting with male chicks, and one with female chicks, but I really liked how they looked like this and didn't want to mess them up. I'm really happy with how they turned out!
I'll probably have one more post for my handmade holiday gifts of 2016, hopefully really soon so I can get onto developing my businesses! I'm planning a major etsy overhaul, and at some point a blog overhaul to a different platform, so be on the lookout for that!