Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A few Christmas gifts

A few pictures of Christmas gifts for my girls.
After buying a new house and paying for all the extra stuff a new house needs,
I didn't want to spend a lot of money this Christmas.
(Plus, I like keeping expectations simple and not overwhelming my kids with "stuff.")
Not that we didn't buy our kids some gifts, but I was also interested in
creating gifts from things I already had on hand.
Like fabric scraps.
And because it's fun to make stuff.
So I made a couple of notebook covers for each of my girls.
Here's the back.
This was super easy and a really fun way to use up those scraps.
Click here for the pattern link.
(The one thing I changed is instead of squaring up the pieced front and back to 10 1/2" x 15 1/2",
I squared up to 10 1/2" x 16")

My almost 11-year-old has been using a pink plastic Hello Kitty wallet
for the past 7 years or so and has really been wanting a new one.
And I kept telling her not to buy one because I would make one.
Well I finally did.
And I'm happy to report that she really liked it.
(Her favorite colors are light blue and green right now.)
Tutorial found here. Another really quick and easy one.

Christmas has been fun. I've eaten way too many sugar cookies,
kept my kids up late too many nights in a row,
got poked in the eyeball by a plastic helicopter on Christmas morning
-all things that usually have negative consequences, unless it's Christmas,
when it's all part of the hoopla.
You just roll with it.

I love this week between Christmas and New Year's.
It's when I enjoy the music, lights, and food of Christmas, without the stress.


  1. Amy, great notebook covers. Thanks for the link and have a happy new year.

  2. Amy the best gifts come from heart and hands...those will be remembered for years to come. Happy New Year...may you have many stitches!

  3. I had meant to make some of those as Christmas gifts, but I think I'll make them now! Very nice Amy!

  4. long ago when our 3 kids were little my husband changed careers...and for a few years (with schooling etc) we didn't have the $ for Christmas. The kids got some, but we were sad that Santa was bringing so little. They didn't seem to notice and it was such a blessing and an eye-opener--it really isn't about the stuff under the tree.(duh!I knew that right?) As the years went on and we could afford much more, we have kept it small. It definately made it way easier for us to keep the focus on Christmas on what's really important.
    You do get some questionable looks from people if they find out that what you spent on your kid all together is less than what they spent on "stocking stuffers"! (Gasp!)
    My favorite time was this week "between" too! enjoy! it goes by so darn fast.
    Happy New Year!

  5. I think there is no better gift than a homemade gift. What lucky girls!
    Hope you have a great rest of 2009!

  6. Home made gifts are the beat of all. Thanks for the link to the wallet tutorial.
    This week is my favorite time too. Enjoy your children they grow up so fast.

  7. Great notebook covers! Thanks for the link.

  8. I kept the presents very simple this year also, and it was just as wonderful as other years when we spent more. Being together really is the most important part. (oh yes, and having Mom food was very important too).

  9. Ohhhhh, what great notebook covers! Adorable, I am sure they loved them!

  10. Those covers are lovely, and make ordinary notebooks something special. And I like the wallet. I'm not doing a 'begrudgery' but we've never had very much materially and even when I've cried over the lack of presents I have to give our girls it has never, ever mattered to them. Listening to their chat the Christmasses they remember with joy are the ones when there were either hilarious disasters or too many people for the amount of food and we all had to fill up on bread and butter.
    Children have different expectations it seems.

  11. I've had a little jolt to kill my new years cheer. So it was good for me to read this. Sometimes I just think it is too hard to raise 8 children and have them stay 100% on the right side of life. I look at young moms like you Amy and I am glad I don't have to do it again. My problems aren't horrendous, most of the kids are really great but sometimes they will have issues and It crushes me. Wow did I say way too much here or what? ha


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