Yes, I know, I know. But I LOVE giving gifts, and I love making gifts. And I love Christmas (I'm such a kid, and planning festivals and treats and making decorations, come on, it's just perfect). So making gifts for Christmas, anticipating giving them, thinking up just the right thing for that child? It sort of spreads the magic. *grins*
When Morgan and Rowan napped yesterday afternoon I got started on something for Rowan.A Waldorf doll, but something different. Something different, Waldorf style. Shaped, tough, nice to hold. I rummaged in the fabric cupboard (what, doesn't everyone in a small house have one of these?) and found the most ugly tracksuit you have ever seen. It had... potential.
My mother in law had known that a more distant relation was THROWING it OUT! And she said, "oh no, don't do that, Sarah will use it for something!" And she was so right. Throw away an ugly oversized pink tracksuit? Never.
When it could become... this?His stiching and body shape are so close to perfect, just his legs are skinny and his head didn't dent as much as I wanted, I didn't have enough fabric for the "skin" without cutting into another part of the tracksuit.
Anyway, asides from getting a bit carried away making a pink rabbit for Rowan (his name is Twinkle, by the way, and he has a heart shaped tail!) I went shopping on Etsy. To be fair, I didn't really go shopping as such, just browsing Mamakopp's beautiful wooden toys *again*. And then I realised that because I've been selling off enough of my books that the ones I keep have space on the shelf, I have a healthy paypal balance.
And so I ordered this and this. They will possibly be gifts from the grandparents who often ask what to buy. But now I'm really in a festival mood. I can't wait to give these things, handmade and precious, natural and joyful. And I'm really excited about whatever crafting I'm going to find to do next, because there are lots more children to make gifts for...