i don't think this is new to most of you, but i enjoy trying to do a lot of things myself (maybe this is a control thing?). i learn a lot from the experience and it provides an fantastic creative outlet.
for me, christmas time usually involves a lot of brainstorming and creating handmade gifts. we like being able to give a gift that's functional, purposeful, unique and lovingly made. of course sometimes, i realize that i may not have the skills (and/or tools) necessary to create what i have in mind. so i turn to fantastic businesses such as the cleveland handmade markets, bazaar bizarre and etsy to help me find the perfect gift.
so not only is the time leading up to christmas a busy time for my husband, but it's usually quite a busy time for me.
here are some of the handmade goodies made for christmas 2010...
embroidered and personalized bookmarks for our 2 little nephews (accompanied with a book of course), with illustrations done by emma.