I absolutely refuse...refuse....to acknowledge Christmas until Thanksgiving is over. Hear me, Internets?! Here I am, solidifying my menu for my most favorite-st holiday, and all I see are television commercials for that December celebration. Whatever happened to giving major importance to that special day when, apart from the massive cooking spree, we could simply enjoy each other's company, with no strings attached?
But the pressure is on, and I am feeling it. Unfortunately, last Christmas, some of my recipients received their presents after the New Year. I won't tell you how late into the New Year. Let's just say one of them thought it was an Easter package. Yikes! But I made those presents, yo! I can't knit/craft/sew any faster than I have the time and energy for.
For as much as I am a believer of Handmade Holidays (to make or buy handmade for most of the giftgiving), I have to admit that it takes longer than buying something from a store. I also have to admit that last year was not the first year that I've been late with presents.
After I sent out the last of my packages last (this) year, I vowed I would start making presents in August in order to make that Santa deadline.
I'll give you a guess as to how I well I've kept that promise.
But! I'm finally kicking it to 2nd gear, and I'm officially starting my Handmade Holiday clock today, starting with napkin rings.
I made a set of 8 napkin rings made of copper wire and some rustic beads. The recipient loves to hold family gatherings, and because I myself love to change things up without having to buy new dishes, thought she would appreciate it.
I could feel a growing fondness for wire and beads while doing this project. I realized that the needle nose plier is a very sweet tool. If only there was more time in the day! I'd love to devote more of it to learn how to bead well.
Crafters are crazy in this way. And we admit it wholeheartedly.
Ah...triumph...this present will be On Time.
And I intend on staying on second gear at least until after I scarf down my turkey...after which maybe I can scale it up to 3rd, or however much Baby J will allow.
Hope your Holiday planning is going well! And don't forget to make at least one present this year! There's nothing like a gift made from your own two hands.