last year after reading a friend's blog post about a homemade christmas, i was inspired. it was too late to put her plan into effect for that year, so we agreed to do it this year. i am already so glad. i am more excited for christmas than i have been for the longest time. of course, i have many more plans of things to make than i actually have time for, especially since we've decided to go to utah for christmas, and leave on the 15th or 16th...but i'm having so much fun.
here is the plan: all gift giving must be something handmade (by yourself), second hand, or written (story, letter, testimony, etc). our extended families have both adopted this plan too, with brock's family exchanging written gifts, and my family following our plan of handmade, second hand, or written.
i cut out this dress for gracie in may. our christmas plan gave me a reason to finish it.
it is a version of the dress i designed for her for easter 2008, made with this fabric from my shop. she loves swirly, twirly, pink and frilly things, and tries to wear as many outfits matching this description a day as possible..
lots more goodies are in progress, many involving the coziest flannel. and we're having a blast searching for second hand treasures. we have been amazed to discover though, that many, maybe most, used games and toys go for more on ebay than it would cost to buy them new on amazon! especially once you add in shipping from ebay sellers, and get free super saver shipping from amazon. what are people thinking? this part has been a bit frustrating, but all part of the adventure of the hunt.