As a crafter, I am happy to say that the holidays are OVER! This year I took on the challenge of crocheting blankets for some of my family members. As someone who used to hate making blankets, I’m surprised that I finished four blankets and had them ready well before Christmas day. (And one was even sent off to Japan!)
Even with the blanket project going on, I decided to take part in the #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa gift exchange. The #CraftBlogClub is a non-promotional Twitter craft chat filled with creatives from all over. Many of the chatters are located in Europe, but I was able to be paired up with another American blogger.
MommyNeedsCookies is a stay at home mom who regularly posts about fun activities that parents and their kids can do together. It was fun to read through a few of her posts to get a sense of who she was and what she would like. I love doing Secret Santa exchanges where I can make the gift as personal as possible for the person.
I decided to make her a garland of crochet gingerbread peoples- partly because of her name and because of the posts she’s made about baking with her young son.
Originally, this gift was meant to be a series of gingerbread ornaments. I fell in love with this pattern designed by Repeat Crafter Me. After crocheting a few (and becoming a little addicted), I decided that a garland would just look better no matter where Pamela (MNC) decided to display it in her home.
The cookies didn’t all come out looking the same, but I fell in love with them anyway. For me, my family Christmas wasn’t cookie cutter like the holiday commercials portray them to be. There wasn’t spectacularly decorated Christmas trees or garland strung every where. However, I do have fond memories of making salt dough ornaments for the tree when we wanted something new. It’s funny to look at the ones that have survived a few years. This Gingerbread Garland reminds me of those imperfect salt dough ornaments and the fun I had making them with my family.
Craftmas 2018 didn’t stop at crocheting though. I was painting a lot of ornaments at the end of 2018, so I included this small wooden, glittery ornament as a nod to our favorite Twitter chat group. 🙂
MommyNeedsCookies sent me a BEAUTIFUL macrame dream catcher. The minute I opened my package and saw those feathers, I was blown away. The little whale charm in the middle says “Dream Big.” 100% one of the best handmade gifts I’ve gotten.
The end of 2018/beginning of 2019 has been a little bumpy for me. I actually waited to open my gift from Pamela until after I moved into my new apartment. A wave of joy and appreciation hit hard as I admired her handiwork. It’s now hanging over my bed.
This was a fun exchange to be a part of and I look forward to seeing what everyone got as the blog posts start going up on Twitter.
MommyNeedsCookies already has her post up. You can read it here.
I’ll be posting soon about my goals for 2019. I hope to see you then!