Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas Through The Year - January

It's time!  Let's kick up our heels and kick this club off right!  First, I want to clarify the rules.  THERE ARE NO RULES.  Well, ok, one rule - you have to finish a gift in order to be in the monthly give-away.  When you start making it is up to you.  Have one almost done?  Polish it off this month and it'll count for January. 

At the end of the month [probably a few days before the last day], I'll add Mr. Linky to my post about the give-away, and you'll add your link as you finish your gift.  I'll check out your blogs and look at your gifts, and your name will go into the hat for the drawing for that month.  Your gift does not have to be sewing-related, but it does have to be hand-crafted.  And it doesn't have to be Christmas-themed.  That's it!  You're not going to sign up, except at the very end of the month.  So you don't have to worry about committing to something, and not being able to fulfill that.  This is for fun!

Now that's out of the way, let's get to our first month!  Our movie suggestion this month, to get us in the holiday spirit, is White Christmas.  Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.  This is my all-time favorite Christmas movie.  I love the old ones.  Good songs, happy ending, keep the tissue handy!  I'll be watching this as I stitch today. 

By the way - I have two gifts that I'm finishing up for this past Christmas - this is why I'm having a club, so none of us have to do that this coming year!

And now for some tutorials.  I have to apologize here, it just struck me today that I should have asked the authors of these if I could use their pics - I will do this for the coming months, so you can see it first.

First up, the most darling penny rug ever.  It's called 521 Lake Street, a charming little house surrounded by bluebirds!  I'm going to do one in cottons.  You can find this delight at Bluebird Papercrafts.  Seriously sweet!

Next, the lovely Cheryl at Willowberry Designs has just done the most gorgeous post - showing how to use doilies to embellish a market tote.  She just got back from Europe and you can tell - ooh la la you must see this post!

And now for a BOM from Dawn Hay and Vicki Tucek, called Out of the Box.  It's a joint effort, each of them has a block on their blogs.  Absolutely scrumptious, with bobbles and bits, and dear stitcheries.  They're encouraging you to think out of the box with this one - any block would look wonderful on a bag, pillow, even a little girl's dress.

Sew Mama Sew has a great tutorial for a hostess gift box, made from fabric.  Scroll down the post, there's a downloadable pdf.

Whip Up has a tutorial for a Cozy Cross Couch Throw - lovely and it looks fairly fast!

I think that's enough for the first post - I'll add more in future posts throughout the month.  Now - who are you making for?  I suggest you base your gift list on who you just gifted this past year.  Or even on who you forgot!  My list never varies, so it's easy.  Keep a list handy and as you scroll through tutorials, you can check it and see if they'd be good for a person on your list.  Mine is by my computer.

I need to thank Caroll of Attic Window Quilt Shop and Val of Life's Little Garden for all their help - they listened to me bounce ideas around, gave excellent feedback, and Caroll even proofread my post.  Thank you ladies!!!

I need to mention one other name here - Jilly, you commented on my last post that you'd love to play along.  I'm glad you're here!  But I can't contact you, so if you would be so kind, please email me at alliehomeschool at yahoo dot com.  [Change that to a regular email format, please.]   I'd like to welcome all my new followers, I hope you'll all join in and play along - if you don't have a blog, please email me, you can always send me your pics of your finished gifts to be in the give-away.  I'd be happy to post them here!

Finally [I can hear you clapping], I hope to have my own tutorial up in a few days for a small gift for your sewing friends.  Hubby has ordered batteries and a good charger for my new camera, and he found a memory stick so I can download pics without the camera being on.  Yay!    So, get your stitch on, start making some gifts - I can't wait to see what you create!

29 comments:

Carmen Thomas said...

Allie, I have been working on my first giftee since before Christmas :) I ran out of time and today, my litle 3 year old darling granddaughter found it and decided WE should finish it, so WE pinned it together and I threw some DVD's in and ....drum roll please, I have it about finished and ready to snap pics to send you! I also have another topper which was stitch crazy that I fashioned using Jenny Elefantz Gum Tree offering from Christmas. The stitching is now finished and it is layered awaiting my hand quilting which will begin tomorrow evening. Thanks for giving me the boost and I can't wait for your tutorial!
Carmen in AK

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sounds like so much fun Allie....I would love to play....what I posted on my blog today is a gift for a friend for her Birthday....does that count???

Debbie said...

This is such a good idea, Allie. So, throughout the year, whenever I make something for someone else, I'll be sure to write about it and enter.

Melody said...

Hi lovely Allie, I think this is a great idea and I will be joining in every month. I've never made a penny rug so my plan is to make one this month for my stash of Christmas presents.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Yay for your husband getting the parts for your camera! I am going to try to hurry up and finish two big projects I'm doing (replacing the flooring in the camper and a quilt for the camper) so I can get started. The only problem is that as soon as the item is finished, how do I restrain myself from going ahead and giving it away?

Darlene said...

WooHoo!!! This is a wonderful idea, Allie. Christmas Through The Year will hopefully keep me focused on making some Christmas themed projects. :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Allie, this sounds like such a fabulous idea. I am not sure I can commit to this, but if I do make something for a Christmas gift I will jump in.

Val said...

Oh I am so excited! So we can do whatever we want, right? My first task will be catching up and then making my list. Thank you for hosting this!! And I am here to help with whatever!!!

Mickie said...

I'm in~~this is perfect since i didn't feel like putting my Christmas things away! I"m off to sew some Xmas gift bags :)
Thanks Allie for the mojo! I needed it! :D Hugs, Mickie

Martha said...

This is such a fabulous idea, Allie, and the tutorial projects are lovely. Thanks for keeping us all inspired and motivated.

Carrie P. said...

Allie, what a great idea. Maybe this will keep from waiting until November to start my gifts. lol
Happy New Year.

Sharon said...

I've got to get started on this! Thank you for the reminder! :)

Shelley said...

Very cute ideas to get me started!! Thank you for your ideas and help!!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

What a great idea!!! I'm going to love seeing all the ideas and crafting going on. I have two gifts this year I need to make - a baby gift (no idea what to make) and a request from my Mum for a shawl which will be for Mother's Day :)))

Terry said...

Howdy Allie
Oh this is truly a wonderful post !
I use to be all organized and made a point to do things all through the year to be ready for December and other moments needing a gift.
Thank you so much for sharing !
Now it is time to get back on this beautiful path.
Blessings of joy as you celebrate the spirit of giving all through the year :)
Hugs from Texas
Until next time
Happy Trails

Talin's Corner said...

Well, I hope to get sewing real soon. I have been doing paper work all day (and I hate paper work). I hope I will be able to make this month's dead line.

Sandra :) said...

Hi, Allie! My friend Mickie posted a link on her blog so I came for a peek and decided to join in as well - I already know what I'll be making for January :) (Speaking of which, Mickie, send me some of your embroidery mojo because I'll need it for this project, lol!)

Ivory Spring said...

This sounds fun. Does it have to be have to be made as Christmas gifts even though the theme doesn't have to be Christmasy?

Jan said...

Hi Allie: Happy New Year; I do hope you are having a great year so far. I am enjoying a sunshiny day off. You've come up with such a great idea; I always mean to start my Christmas gift-making in July and it all happens with a rush in December. So I'm in, and I'll keep you posted.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Wow! It looks like there is a lot of interest in this. I'm so happy for you. I know you thought long and hard about how to do this. I'm looking forward to participating. I better get started or the end of the month will be here before I know it!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Just checking something?

jan said...

I think I need to do this, too! I am still working on finishing xmas 2010, but if I don't finish them soon, I may call them xmas 2011! Thanks for the great ideas - the penny rug is adorable!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Allie!!! Can you hear me squealing with delight from across the oceans!!!??
That penny rug is GAWJUS!!! I have to make it...but I really have to make it *just for me*. :-)
Hugs
Jen
xxx

CJ said...

I LOVE this idea!! I have things I'd really like to get done way ahead of time - gifts for ME to give. Then I will have time to sew for others without the added stress of my own list. Trying to figure out how to show the gifts that I make for College Girl. She reads my blog but I'd love to have a stash for her put away...
Ohhhh, that penny rug is soooo cute!

Joanne Lendaro said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! there are just way too many cute idea's here!! Allie, you are killin' me girlie!! But, wait!! This is a fabulous idea!! Can't wait to play!!!! Count me IN!! LOVE the bowls from SewMommaSew!!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh this is so great Allie! Love your idea! And we can sew on anything Christmas right? Can it be a gift that was supposed to be for Christmas last year (frown) - for my mom? Can it be Christmas decorations for our homes? Have a tree skirt I need to get to also?? Mkay - looking forward to this - thanks for the fun girlfriend!

soggibottom said...

I'm going to have to re read this again in the morning :-) x x x

Sabii Wabii said...

Hi Allie,
You are more than welcome to post and link from my blog. Hope anyone who might use the pincushion lets me know too when they finish it up. I'd like to start a flickr group of the finished ones.
Terisa

Wendy said...

I am so glad you're doing this! I got myself all stressed out this Christmas just gone, making my gifts at the last minute (and I started at the end of November) so I'm going to be joining in each and every month. I've already got a couple of gifts planned and one started!

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