Thursday, 5 January 2012

Christmas presents I made WRAPup!

Hi All, as always, I got busy this Christmas and made lots of presents for family and friends. I got the children in on the action as well and we all had a lovely creative time.

Christmas was special this year as my mother-in-law came to visit from Canada. She loved being in Perth, but unfortunately there were some extremely minor medical issues on the flight over which meant that Mr Meggipeg had to fly to Hong Kong to collect her. The airline were very unhelpful and, despite having medical clearance for my MIL to fly home, they insisted that she be accompanied by a family member. This meant that Mr M has had to pay for a flight and go all the way back to Canada with her. We are currently out of pocket around $8000 for the flights and the travel insurance are being difficult about the claim as she continued to here from Hong Kong (where she had the initial problem) instead of retuning home. Anyway, I'm just looking at the positives - the family got to see each other after many years and spend Christmas together and MIL had a lovely holiday here. The other positive - I made most of our Christmas presents so the money saved there can help pay for MIL's very expensive holiday!!

So here we go. Present number 1 was a christmas skirt and matching hat for my niece made with crushed red velvet (a similar skirt is available in my Etsy shop).

The skirt has flower brooches that can be pinned to a t-shirt, headband, bag or just wherever!

She is such a sweetie

and the hat even made it out to the beach the next day!

Present number 2 was some maternity cropped leggings requested by another family member. These were so much easier than I expected and they look fab on. I will definitely be making more leggings.

Present number 3 was another request, but a rather odd one! My dad has exposed his skin to far too much sun over the years and is now paying the price. Rather than wear a long-sleeved shirt to cover up, he asked if I could make him some sun sleeves. However, he didn't want the usual style, which is close-fitting lycra that covers the arms, he wanted them loose and ventilated. I did my best and here is the final result:

They have bands to hold them on the upper arm and they cover half the hands, held by thumb holes (which are a bit folded inwards here, my Dad doesn't have conical thumbs! Unfortunately they are even weirder on than off and I told Dad that I wouldn't be offended if he didn't wear them. It is now Jan 6th and he hasn't worn them, despite several hot days since Christmas! Looks like thumbs down for these!!

Present number 4 was some gorgeous pictures that I got my boys to make for the grandparents. They drew messages and designs on squares of foil tape and made little beaded wire decorations, which we then placed in frames. These were fun to make and were very well received.

Present number 5 was also made with the boys. We found a simple recipe for chocolate truffles and made a large batch. They turned out as rather rustic looking balls but this just added to the charm! We then made little boxes from Christmas cards to put them in and we gave them to family and friends. This was such a sweet and simple gift and the boys were so proud to give gifts they had made themselves.

All in all it was a successful handmade Christmas. There were, of course, way more bought things than handmade, but hopefully these things made with love will be treasured and remembered as extra special - especially the sun sleeves ha ha!

I wish I could have posted this before the big day, but that would have ruined the surprise. Maybe you can get some ideas from these for presents throughout the year, or pin them for next Christmas. I may post a quick tutorial for the little boxes, they are such a good thing for the kids to make.

Cheers All,

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