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.

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