01 December 2013

Handmade Gift Exchange

My partner in this year’s handmade gift exchange hosted by Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous lives in sunny California and loves bright colors and polka dots. She and I freely perused each other’s Pinterest boards trying to learn about our tastes and preferences.

I noticed right away she seemed to like chunky jewelry. It so happens I love making chunky jewelry. After playing around with different colors, sizes, and textures, I settled on cheerful felt balls, some of them beaded, alternated with gold plated resin nuggets, yellow pressed glass beads, green wooden disks, and (died) turquoise spacer beads.

Dutch Girl Originals

Dutch Girl Originals

For L.’s home I made some jewelry, too. A six or seven ft. garland made from brightly colored polka dots, sewn together with yellow thread.

Dutch Girl Originals

Of course I couldn’t just send off her gifts. I always like to have some fun with the giftwrap as well. Last year I discovered the fun of sewing paper stockings for Lola’s teachers to hold their gifts. For L. I sewed her necklace into a paper ornament. The only way to open it, is to rip it apart. A real Christmas tree ornament made from vintage sheet music holds a small card, and a little bottle brush tree and a red felt snowflake adorn the paper stocking that holds the garland.

Dutch Girl Originals

Dutch Girl Originals

Dutch Girl Originals

I very much enjoyed creating these gifts for L. and I hope she will enjoy them, too. I will show you what L. made for me tomorrow. I can tell you now it is fabulous. She definitely spoiled me.

Merry Christmas, L.!

5 comments:

  1. The packages looks fantastic, great idea

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  2. This is beautiful! I love everything about it but especially the wrapping! Such a fun idea. Pinning this for sure. :)

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  3. One of the most thoughtful, darling gifts I've ever received! She is so talented. Wearing that chinky necklace today with a black sweater so the colors and shapes are showcased. Thank you so much! :)

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  4. Well, these are very thoughtful and beautiful gifts. These are perfect handmade gifts for any occasion. I appreciate your effort for bringing such beautiful gifts ideas to us. To avail wide range of handmade gifts visit http://www.handicraftsinindia.in

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