Thursday, December 30, 2010

If Christmas is over...WHY am I still BUSY??

Hope you all had a FABULOUS Christmas!! Ours was great...everyone happy and healthy!! Except for my sister and her husband spreading all of their germy germs at my folks!! Thankfully we made it out of there without any sickness...I HOPE!! The girls stayed behind, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!! :) Anyway..I got MOST of the things finished that I needed to have done. I am still working on an order of minky pants to bring back on New Year's, and some odds-n-ends for my sweet niece that I have been needing to make her. So on with the gifts...oh, I am breaking this up into two posts since it will be picture HEAVY!! I am starting with the gifts for the children in my family! If I haven't mentioned it yet, we are going to Disney World in the Spring....YAY!!! I am sooooo excited and have been typing up itineraries and scheduling Character Dinings!! When we went in 2007, I was pregnant with The Boy, so I couldn't do too much...but THIS time...I am riding the BIG rides!! Whoo Hoo!!


So anyway, I decided to make some fun things for the kiddos to have for the long car ride!

Crayon rolls for the younger ones....and for the older ones...
a drawstring bag and roll up for colored pencils!
I also wanted to make them something to collect memories...
Autograph Books!! These were very time consuming, but soooo worth it!! I used cereal boxes, covered them with Contact paper and added stiff felt, ribbon, and lots of fun trims! I used card stock for the pages because I wanted them to be durable and not tear out! Thanks to my friend Kathy and her awesome Crop-a-dile, I was able to punch holes through the cover AND all pages of the card stock in ONE punch!!!! That thing is AMAZING!! I got some gift cards to Hobby Lobby for Christmas from my mom and sister (thanks, ya'll) and you can BET I will be looking for one of those!! I just used a Sharpie to write their names, but added a little glitter to bling it up! My sister got all of the kids pens, so they should be set!! Oh...here is what they will carry it all in...
I had a whole bunch of drawstring bags...not sure where I got them from...or WHY, but I found them during the Great Sewing Room clean up and knew they would be perfect! I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the mouse ear appliques and ironed them on. I used a tight zig zag stitch to secure them and stitched on the bows for the girls'.
Here is a little close up of all of the girls' gifts....and here is one of a single set....
I was soooo happy when I was done!! It was very time consuming, like I said...but I am so proud of how it all came out!! :) I added coloring books and word searches to round out the gifts.
Of course they liked them, and I told the moms to take them away....until the trip! :)

So, for my NON-Disney going niece...

She just got this outfit! :P
It is made with brown Kona cotton and dotted flannel. I used velcro for the closure. She is 18 months, so I figured it would be easier to get her in and out! JoAnn's had these little spools of rickrack for FIFTY CENTS!! I bought a whole bunch! I think it added just the right amount of cuteness! So, that's it for now! I'll post the adults gifts next time! It won't be as picture heavy...maybe!
Oh yeah, one more picture. This is for my dinosaur-loving Boy!

Be safe this New Year's!! Until later....

5 comments:

Beatrix from Kindershop said...

WOW! Your gift sets are amazing. You should sell those! They are sooo cute.

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Crayons rolls YAY... I din't read all the post (naughty) I wanted to say happy new year and I love you and I miss you and that this time next year we will be preparing to come home from spending 6-8 in Ecuador...YAY... We are also hoping we can visit Disney Land... no idea where it is in relation to you but I will be so much closer to you that you'll almost here me scream your name!! HAHAHA

Oh and I made Bubble a pair of pants in your honour... They have ruffles!! hehehe
I am off to find storage places for all these new freakin toys!!

xo Steph

Allie said...

Girl, it doesn't matter what day of the year it is, you're busy, lol! Yay you're going to Disney World - better you than me, I say....love all the wonderful gifts you made, the bags are wonderful! Happy New Year, sweetie!

ShirleyC said...

Wow! You have been busy! What cute gifts! I've been busy too, but not in the sewing room.

craftytammie said...

what awesome gifts! i am jealous, i want to go to DW so bad! but 4 kids plus airfare, yikes! glad you had a great holiday!