Creating a handmade Christmas is absolutely wonderful!
Sometimes crafters and designers like to make things just for themselves. That’s exactly what I did! I had so much fun making these quick little ornaments that I’ve decided to make something new every year until I eventually have a Christmas tree completely filled with one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments.
Making and giving a gift is so satisfying. A lot of love and care goes into this process. I truly appreciate receiving handmade gifts because I know how much thoughtfulness went into selecting, making, wrapping and giving the gift.
So this year I’m also giving some handmade gifts that I’m sure the recipients will enjoy receiving (I hope this blog post doesn’t spoil the surprise!).
Do you have a favourite handmade Christmas decoration or gift given to you? Are you making a gift to give to someone special? If so, I’d love to hear all about it!
Until next time,
It’s that special time of the year again! To help you celebrate everything handmade, three new Christmas crochet patterns have been added to the Softiez Pattern Shop.
Gingerbread Boy and Girl Crochet Pattern
Get into the holiday spirit with this Gingerbread Boy and Girl who are sweet as can be! These cuties will make a great addition to your Christmas decorations. The Gingerbread Boy is embellished with snowflake buttons and 'frosting' on his arms and legs, and the Gingerbread Girl is wearing a cute bow, a festive apron with a pocket (the pocket can hold a small candy cane or chocolate!), and she is also decorated with 'frosting' on her arms and legs! Check out the Gingerbread Boy and Girl pattern here.
Riley the Reindeer and Friends Crochet Pattern
These reindeer friends will warm your heart for the holidays! One special reindeer, Riley, has a bright red nose just like someone else we know! The reindeer toys are quick and easy to make, and are the perfect gift for someone special or a great addition to your Christmas decorations. The pattern for Riley the Reindeer and Friends can be purchased here.
Santa Gnome Crochet Pattern
Add a bit of whimsy and fun to your holiday decorations! With a fuzzy beard and hat trim, this vintage-inspired Santa Gnome is sure to bring smiles to all your visitors this Christmas! The Santa Gnome pattern is available for purchase here.
My house is already decorated (we started early this year!), with mostly handmade decorations. I love sitting in my favourite chair, sipping hot chocolate, and looking at many of the decorations made by my children while thinking of the special memories each one holds.
In December, I will be featuring a blog post about some of this year’s new handmade decorations and gifts that I’ve been working on. I can't wait to share them with you!
Until next time,
Christmas is a very special time of year in our house. One of my favourite family activities is trimming the tree. We decorated the tree in early December. My son and daughter added most of the ornaments and my husband helped put the star on top. I was in charge of the breakable ornaments. There are so many beautiful decorations, but the most treasured ones are handmade.
We have many made by our children that are proudly displayed on the tree and throughout the house. These are extra special decorations that they made when they were really little.
Over the last few years I’ve made several decorations, both for the tree and for elsewhere in the house. Some are from kits that were purchased, some are from patterns found in magazines and pattern books, while others are my own designs. Here are some of the handmade decorations that are displayed every year:
I have a few handmade decorations that are my favourite:
The tiny snowman in the photo above was originally a winter scene in a decorated eggshell. A relative made it many years ago. Last year, to my dismay, my daughter accidentally broke the eggshell. I didn’t want to throw it out, so I crocheted an ‘eggshell’ and transferred the winter scene to the crocheted version. Thankfully I was able to save it!
For the large snowman in the photo above, I purchased some chunky yarn that had a bit of sparkle in it, used a large crochet hook, added some sparkly buttons and used real branches. I also made some ‘snowballs’ from some of the leftover yarn.
Here’s one more photo of a favourite handmade decoration:
In our house, handmade decorations are the most treasured. Whether they've been made by us or given to us as gifts, these decorations are the special ones that will continue to be displayed year after year.
This past year has been an exciting time for me with the launch of Softiez and all of the new crochet patterns in my Pattern Shop. I would like to thank all of you for your support throughout 2014, and I look forward to bringing you more new and exciting soft toy patterns in 2015!
Welcome! My name is Lisa Bosch, and I'm the soft toy designer of Softiez patterns.