Sunday, November 29, 2009

Homemade Christmas Gifts: Scrappy Bookmarks

Pssst....if you're a female relative reading this,
and you don't want to know what you're
getting for Christmas this year,
go read something else!

I like to mix store-bought gifts
with more personalized homemade gifts.
This month, I'm on a roll producing
simple, but heart-felt gifts for family.
I pretty much leave the boys alone but I do
make gifts for the special women
in our family.
I am blessed to have grandmas, aunts, my mom, mother-in-law,
and a lovely sister-in-law to create for.

Many generations of women that came before me
worked as seamstresses for their families,
quilting, making clothing, mending,
and sewing beautiful home made doll clothes.
Whenever I sit at my sewing machine,
I feel a special connection as
I think of these talented women creating for their families.

I also like to come up with gifts that are useful.
We are all voracious readers
so bookmarks hit the spot this year!

My scrap basket still has bits of baby clothes
left over from the
I made for the girls this year.

I also have a nice stack of paint swatches sitting on my craft table
(the perfect bookmark size if you ask me).

I combined the baby clothes scraps
with scrapbooking paper scraps
and machine stitched them to the paint sample cards
to create these easy and whimsical bookmarks.


EntertainingMom said...

You definitely need a Fun With Paint Swatch Section ;) Loving these ideas... You might like my painted ornaments I just posted... but then again, I am sure you've done them before because I don't think there isn't anything you haven't!

EntertainingMom said...

Hah! OK... nevermind... you've been and commented and I will heed your advice. Thanks!

Kari said...

I love this idea! Yet another way to use those paint sample cards. :)

Bridgett said...

Very cute!

mandy said...

these are just plain lovely! and you are so blessed to have so many women for whom to create. :)

Henley on the Horn said...

What a great idea! I love the bookmarks!

Henley on the Horn said...

What a great idea!! I love the bookmarks.

jlbee said...

omg, i love these! so clever and beautiful, like all of your things. i so wish i had a sewing machine and your mad skillz. happy holidays!

hipchic~cynde said...

Such a fun idea!

Amie Plumley said...

Great idea! I think Phoebe and I will be making these for teachers - I needed some inspiration. Thanks for the idea.

Hollie said...

OH MY GOSH... I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE THESE!!! What do I need to do to convince you to make me a few and mail to me in Texas? Oh my gosh, these are precious and I want one soooo bad!! CUTE IDEA!

You are so crafty!! :D

I wish i could find the time to do all the crafty stuff I want to do. But with a toddler, can't find the time. UGH!!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, it's nice to meet you!

Hollie (aka: Groovewoman)

gina said...

such a cute idea! And using the baby clothes scraps makes it so personal as well!

maggy, red ted art said...

Oh these are lovely and colourful!

Will feature you in my themed Recycled Get Crafty 1st Jan!

Would love for you to grab a badge...http://www.redtedart.com/get-crafty-badges/ but only if you fancy it!

Love you site. Gorgeous!


Amanda said...

I love this! I featured it on my site today! Come grab my NEW button - it's so pretty! :) Hope you have a blessed day!


RedTedArt said...

You are now on Recycled Get Crafty: http://www.redtedart.com/2011/01/01/recycled-get-crafty/



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