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Handmade Christmas 2010

July 30, 2010
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There are certain gifts I’ve received throughout my life that really mean something.
Gifts that seem to stick around in my life, despite my moving across country twice.
Gifts that don’t become outdated.

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Magically capturing the personality of the giver, cloaked in the uniqueness of our relationships and defining a part of me I can never quite put into words, these gifts all seem to come not just from the heart, but also from the hands.

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The handwritten book of quotes, song lyrics, memories, and small notes of appreciation I received from the girls on my hall when I was an RA remains next to my bed to this day, seven years later.  A verse of scripture stenciled on decorative paper, set in a weathered frame, hangs above my kitchen door, on display in the fourth of four buildings I’ve lived since I’ve received it.

104_4361Handmade pillows adorn my bed, the pink knit scarf around my neck each winter, and the framed photos and sketches I’ve received from loved ones are displayed on walls and table tops throughout my little apartment.

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Not only these special pieces created for me by the loved ones in my life, but items handmade by artisans, crafters, and fabulous people who make business out of a making business.  Things found at craft fairs, and artists tables, and street vendors, and the wondrous land of Etsy.  Gifts selected for me, which were birthed from another’s vision.

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Using an artist’s time and inspiration and hard work to grant me a present unlike any other, these gifts are more than a purchase.  It is an act of supporting creative energy and creative community and creative process and creative emotion, purchasing handmade gifts.

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It’s to but these thoughts and declarations into action.  This year, I will be celebrating the holiday season with Handmade Christmas 2010.

handmade christmas 2010 For me, this means:

-Hand making all the Holiday Greeting Cards I mail out to friends and family across the country.

-All gifts I give this Christmas season will be either be handmade by me, or purchased from an individual who created it themselves.

-All wrapping, packaging, and gift tags will be handmade as well.

-For an added bonus, this year I will also be decorating a Christmas tree in all handmade, paper ornaments and decorations.

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I would love for you to join me in Handmade Christmas 2010. You do not need to keep the same guidelines and goals as I’ve stated – find what works for you! I’d love to hear about what your plans are to incorporate Handmade Christmas 2010 into your holiday plans. [Also, may I encourage a Handmade Hanukkah, Kwanza, or generally winter merriment?]

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Through out the next several months, I will be sharing my favorite crafting resources, creative planning processes, tutorials, tips, tricks and more.  [Feel free to let me know what you would like to see along the way!]

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Also, feel free to add the Handmade Christmas 2010 badge from above to your blog, link back here, encourage your readers to join in the fun, and use the #handmadechristmas2010 hash tag on twitter.

Are you going to participate in Handmade Christmas 2010?

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62 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2010 8:52 pm

    Oh my god, Heather. You KNOW I’m up for this challenge!!!!!!! I’m on it!

  2. July 30, 2010 8:55 pm

    Love it. I’m in. 🙂

  3. July 30, 2010 9:09 pm

    I love handmade gifts. I already have a few planned for people so I will be doing this in my own fashion. And the bonus is I get to relieve some stress by crafting 🙂

  4. July 30, 2010 9:14 pm

    I purchase a lot of Etsy handmade gifts in general and have always wanted to do an entirely handmade holiday. Maybe this is the year!

    • July 30, 2010 9:18 pm

      I hope you join in on the fun – if it sounds overwhelming, maybe you could try to challenge yourself with a 75% handmade gifts – or something?

      • July 30, 2010 9:27 pm

        Definitely! Two years ago I started crocheting a “Harry Potter scarf” for the boyfriend…so for Christmas he got to see the half of it that was finished.

        Unfortunately the other half was never completed…oops! Maybe my goal should be just to finally finish that… 😉

  5. July 30, 2010 9:44 pm

    I love it love it love it. I would totally join the fun, but I’m kind of pumped about doing EnglishChristmas2010!

  6. July 30, 2010 10:03 pm

    i loooooove this

  7. micki permalink
    July 30, 2010 10:54 pm

    I’m so glad those photos are seeing the light of day and not just sitting under a stack of papers in my room. And crafting is my passion so I’m really excited to see what you have to say. Because I’m fairly sure it runs in the family.

  8. July 31, 2010 3:09 am

    YES YES YES! I love this and have been doing this for the past couple of years. I’ve made my own jewlery (which is cool because I was able to make matching necklaces and bracelets – 2 Christmas’ covered!), bought locally made crafts, sewed a quilt and framed my photos as gifts. I will definitely be participating in Handmade Christmas 2010! And I absolutely love that you are starting this so early because I am the queen of procrastination and making your own gifts is very time consuming. I usually use brown paper bags as wrapping paper, but that’s not very fun. I will have to get more creative with this. Such an awesome idea, I love handmade gifts!! Yay!!

  9. Katie permalink
    July 31, 2010 10:21 am

    I LOVE this idea!! I would love to join in the fun!

  10. August 1, 2010 1:36 am

    I love, love, love that you’re doing this. One of the things on my 101 in 1001 is “Make 75% of our Christmas gifts.” Maybe this is the year….thanks for encouraging/inspiring me. I can’t wait to see what all you will share!!

  11. August 1, 2010 8:27 am

    I would love to join you on this – I have already bought about half of my Christmas gifts though – I will have to think how to pRticipate

  12. August 1, 2010 12:39 pm

    I recognize a few of those gifts… So glad you love them!

    I hope to participate, I’ll have to figure out to what extent.

    • August 2, 2010 9:48 am

      I wanted to add… I think a combo of making yourself and buying handmade from others is excellent. It takes off a little pressure. Handmaking every item yourself would be really time consuming… buying from Etsy or elsewhere a little less so 🙂

  13. August 1, 2010 7:57 pm

    I love the concept behind homemade gifts! But I always get nervous before giving them. Like, what if the person is expecting something more?
    However, the last gift I have was homemade and it included my face on it, and it went over well!
    So maybe I will try again and have more confidence in the gifts that I give.

    • August 2, 2010 9:56 am

      Sometimes, if I’m worried about how the handmade gift will be taken, I give it with a non-handmade gift. For example, I made a necklace for my stepmom and paired it with a sweater. She ended up loving both, and I gave without worries.

  14. September 8, 2010 6:13 pm

    Heather you are so cute! I LOVE this idea!!

  15. October 12, 2010 8:13 pm

    Hello! Just stumbled across your site as I was looking for homemade gift ideas because I am definitely making 2010 a handmade Christmas year! Can’t wait to see the ideas you come up with!

    • Larissa permalink
      December 1, 2010 10:32 pm

      i love this idea, home made gifts are always the best. I was hoping to get some help too. I have made / used etsy for a few of my gifts, but need some ideas for a few more, is anyone exchanging ideas?

      so far i have:

      -crocheted a scarf for my brother in his college colors
      -http://www.etsy.com/transaction/38731563 purchased these.

      i know my boyfriend would love something home made, but i am a little stumped on what!

      thanks everyone

      Larissa

      • Larissa permalink
        December 1, 2010 10:35 pm

        oh that might be all these links below that i see… ops!

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