while I’m not working on the other blog, I’ve been making Christmas presents and working through my list. I guess technically, I’m not really making anything but instead I’m embellishing several gifts.
A horrible picture because I took it on a thick, foggy morning, but you get the idea. Last year, my mother gave a set of towels to emma and mary and they really love having their "own". So, for a set of cousins in Wisconsin, I decided to do a similar gift and add their initial to each towel. The "s" looks pretty wonky in this picture–I think I may have photographed it upside down, now that I look more closely….
I also started one of these this year–a Christmas notebook. My grandmother kept one (she had fifteen children to keep track of), and my mom kept one, too–she still does in fact. I especially remember hers, because it was always soooo tempting to crack it open and read about the gifts I was going to be getting under the tree. Oh, that little black book was so secretive and alluring.
So, I started my own this year and I’m trying to keep it secretive but the funny thing is that emma keeps cracking it open and pretending to read what’s inside–my little non-reader–thankfully, there’s no illustrations. I looked everywhere for ones similar to what my mother and grandmother had, but they are nowhere to be found. So, I just concocted my own from a large moleskine with graph paper inside. One column is all the people I’m buying for, the middle column is ideas they give me or I come up with, and the final column is what I actually ending up making/buying in the end.
It has really helped me feel organized and not overwhelmed when I set out to get my shopping and sewing done. And I think it will be helpful (and a little sentimental) to look back over the years at what was waiting under the tree every year.