Because I can crochet, I made dishtowels, dishcloths, and potholder sets for everyone on our gift list. I actually started in August, crocheting first the potholders and dishcloths. I don't sew or even know how to sew, so I enlisted my friend JoAnn to cut and hem up the kitchen towels. She sent them back to me and I crocheted the trimmings. The sets were pretty and practical and a hit with most people on our gift list.
This year, I got the idea of using my plastic canvas skills to create coasters for all the families. However, between school, paper grading, and colony management, I haven't found the time to do everyone a set. With the holidays right around the corner, I decided to send baked goodies this year. I sent a few lucky people baked goodies last year and found out that it was a hit--especially for those who were too busy to do a lot of baking themselves. I'll save the plastic canvas works for next year--when I can work on the gifts all year round.
Now my husband and I haven't sent out holiday cards for a long time. Nonetheless, I wanted to send them out this year. And I didn't want to buy a box of cards--I wanted something special, unique--different. That sent me to Etsy to look for holiday cards. My oh my--did I ever find so many unique, cute, precious, artistic cards that were perfect for the holidays.
But here's my other dilemma. Our card circle includes just about every flavor of holidaying. Ok--let me rephrase that.
We have friends who are Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Christian, Catholic, Native American, and atheists. We have family members who celebrate a variety of holiday traditions, have different beliefs, follow different religions. I needed cards that respected everyone. I needed something that could fit into everyone's belief systems without offending anyone. I found the perfect cards at
These cards made me GIGGLE. That right there made it perfect. I will confess that I got lost in the store because I like the artwork. Before I realized it, I wanted this card and that card and they weren't holiday cards. I had to start over. D who has eclectic tastes in art had to help me choose. So we settled on a couple of designs first. We even found a card that really represented US.
"Kitty Buddies" by Jennifer Lambien of Studio Petite
So my question are--do you do the holidays? Are you sending out cards? What are your favorite holiday traditions?