There were aprons for my nieces and a jar cookie mix so they could bake with their Mommy.
There was homemade rub mix and BBQ sauce for my brothers and Dad- plenty there for a family cookout!
I made these fun jar cups and wraps as a test run for future craft sales. I loved them enough that several people got one for Christmas.
The darling jewelry holder was a perfect gift for Jenna's BFF.
I even made myself a little gift and I thought it was so cute I made one for my mom, too!
Knit dishcloths are a huge hit for my mom and my mother-in-law so they were gifted all around.
The thing about handmade is, there is no way to make someone a gift without really thinking about them. You can still give them something they don't like or won't use, of course, but you can't give them something that lacks thought and love when it's homemade. That's just the nature of making something for someone....you give a piece of yourself, too. And that, I think, is what it's really supposed to be about....the whole reason gift giving ever became a part of the celebrating. It was minimal, but meaningful. Like so many aspects of our new life, it's something I intend to keep- even when I don't have to.
And speaking of gifts- I have one for you!
One of the goals I have for 2015 is to get the blog reaching more people and to do that I need your help. Follow the blog for an entry in the drawing, comment here for another, and share on Facebook for another- a total of three chances! Make sure you let me know each thing you've done so I can give you credit. I will draw a winner on Wednesday January 21.
The prize? Something handmade, of course!
I knit this scarf using a rayon/metallic blend in a falling waters pattern. It has a lovely gold thread winding through it and it's soft and light- perfect for spring or fall.
Simple, purposeful, meaningful.....our goal for life at the Heap, may you find it in your life too!