It’s always been my dream to have a lovely decorated home for the holidays, full of wonderful handmade items I’ve made, handmade gifts to give, and homemade goodies like perfectly decorated Christmas cookies, or a fabulous line-up of fresh-baked pies with perfect crusts.
In my dreams, my home is clean and warm, and smells like sugar cookies and scented candles. It’s decorated with quilts, and my cats are well-behaved darlings.
Probably not ever gonna happen for me . . .
My schedule is too crazy, my house is a mid-remodel disaster, and let’s face it, I’m so far from being a domestic goddess it’s ridiculous! And speaking of ridiculous, this is the current state of my sewing room’s cutting table:
But still, I dream . . .
And today I’m gonna share some links with you, in case you’d like to join me in my dream of making some handmade gifts or decorations for your home this year.
First up, I really wanna make one of these State pillows from this free tutorial offered up by Kelly over at My Quilt Infatuation: Home State Pillow Tutorial.
And of course, I’d wrap it in handmade gift wrap such as THIS, and tie it up with a pretty ribbon and a handmade gift tag.
And I’d choose some of Purl Soho’s free patterns to knit up some warm cuddly scarves and blankets.
I could also whip up a few quick quilts, like this one from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew: Indigo Triangles Baby Quilt.
Ideally, I’d have my living room remodel finished so we could sit in front of our fireplace with our stockings hung, but that won’t happen either — at least not this year. And you’ll know when it does, cos I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops! I’m so ready to have all this mess done with!
Speaking of stockings, I’ll be back tomorrow to show you this year’s annual Prairie Moon Ranch Cowboy Christmas Stocking pattern, and meanwhile, all the others are still available in my Etsy Shop. Here’s what the 2015 stocking (called Kate) looks like:
And here’s the 2016 stocking, called Colby:
Seven of the stocking patterns are available in the PDF version for $3.75 each, which is a bargain — the Kate & Colby pattern is available in PDF format for $6.50 and includes both of these stocking patterns together. You can also find the stocking patterns in my Craftsy store.
And if you’d like to make a new Christmas tree skirt for your tree this year, my Liberty Stars pattern is great for that, and makes a beautiful tree skirt . . . or round table topper . . . or you can use the same pattern to make Christmas buntings, either for your front porch, or an indoor railing. Here’s a tree skirt I made out of French General fabric using the Liberty Stars pattern:
The Liberty Stars pattern is available in my Etsy Shop as well, and it’s on sale for 20% off from now until the end of the year, no coupon code needed.
So . . . are you dreaming of a handmade holiday season, too?