Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
But this year is extra special for my family. It's Isabella's first Christmas. Isabella, my perfect niece, is growing fast. She's so much fun, and it's really incredible to watch her--even from afar--discover the world around her. Already you can tell that she's tenacious and determined to be tops.
Without a doubt, Isabella is a spoiled little girl. The first grandchild in both mine and my brother-in-law's family, she's got more than she'll ever need. So what could I get for her that would be just from me?
A stocking. One I made, that, hopefully, she'll cherish year after year when Santa comes to deliver presents. I knew I wanted to make something timeless and classic; I knew I wanted it to be sweet and girly, like her. And it needed to be special.
I started with a sweet print from Bunny Hill Designs for the lining. It's not Christmas-y in the least, but by pairing it with red wool and white flannel, it started to feel like a holiday stocking.
Tracing my own stocking, I made a pattern for Isabella's. Sewing the stocking came together quickly, but I was stuck on how to embellish it. And then it came to me.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Today I looked at my calendar and had a small panic attack. When did the beginning of December come and go? How is it possible that Christmas is just around the corner? Eep!
Holiday crafting is going slowly. Very slowly. Every year, I promise myself I'll start sooner in the year -- September, even! -- and then I start a million other things between then and December 4th, leaving me behind, just like always.
But, still, my sewing is coming along, and there's nothing better than giving a handmade gift.