In the spirit of the DIY Christmas, I thought I’d share a sampling of the ways in which I incorporated the handmade into my holiday season. You all read about the headbands and hair ties I made for my niece — I also whipped up two skirts for her (she happens to loooove the color pink–can you tell?). I made this one using a tutorial from TheMerryChurchMouse, who calls this design “The Charming Little Skirt.”
Skirt number two is adapted from the “Easy Elastic Waistband for a Little Girls Skirt” by TheMotherHuddle — the waistband is made from a scrap T-shirt hem!
I also embroidered pillowcases for my sister-in-law. Mr. T found the perfect quotation that combines dreams (appropriate for pillowcases) and architecture (her profession): “An architect is the drawer of dreams.” –Grace McGarvie I added the golden spiral and rectangle since it is the only architectural influence I know! (My dad designed the house that I grew up in and based the entire design around the golden section.)
And to finish with something tasty, this is the Lemon Olive Oil Cake I made for Christmas eve dinner at my in-laws. (Adapted from this recipe.)
If only I had photos of the chocolate truffles Mr. T and I made for dessert the following night…alas, they, like the cookies a week earlier, did not last long enough for a photo shoot. But we scored a stand mixer from his mom for Christmas, so more baking is definitely in our future!
What about you? Will any of your holiday gifts kick-start the DIY project aspirations you have for 2011?
[ Posted on January 9th, 2011 ]