So, I have not gotten very far with Jasper's quilt yet...life has been so busy. I really doubt now that I will get it done in time for Christmas. And I don't think I will have time for any other handmade gifts this year either. I know there are moms out there with more children than me, who manage to homeschool and blog and still have time to knit and sew amazing gifts. But I am not one of those.
But I love the idea of handmade gifts for the holidays. So I have been buying a few handmade things this year from Etsy. Can I share?
I already have this doll, made with organic cotton, for Amy. Isn't it sweet? It was made by Andreann, a lovely young mom in Quebec.
For Amy I am also going to be ordering some baby shoes like these, from a homesteader named Annie.
Jasper is in love with horses, especially Spirit (from the movie of the same name), so I am so excited to give him a horse like this one.
You may have noticed the buttons on my sidebar. Those aren't sponsors, just friends of mine whose work I want to share! There is Tonya whose family sells toys, buttons, and decor items made from beautiful birch branches at The Vermont Branch Company. My farming friend Lindsay (someone whom I actually know "in real life!") has an Etsy shop selling her lovely knitted creations, Trinity Fibrecraft. And a new friend is Mary, who is one of eleven siblings who homestead with their parents and sell handmade toys, soap, and much more in their shop, Home 'n Stead. This is where I found the horse that I am getting Jasper. Although it's out of my price range, I can't resist showing you the amazing Little House on the Prairie play set that Mary and her siblings make...isn't it just perfect?
Although we certainly don't have a large budget for Christmas gifts, I feel good about spending money on handmade gifts. I know that I am supporting a hard-working individual, and I also know that handmade gifts are usually the most memorable and the ones that get kept through the years (as opposed to broken quickly).
I do want to try making some new ornaments for the tree this year, but I am also eyeing these tiny wooden ornaments, aren't they beautiful?
Has anyone else found any particularly nice sources for handmade gifts this year? If so, please do tell! I'm not 100% done my shopping yet...