This year, I’m attempting to organize everything holiday-related well in advance. (The operative word being “attempting.” Eek – it’s six weeks to Christmas!)
I made these minimalist gift tags inspired by my Nordic roots. And I made them specifically to share with you – read on for the link to download yours!
Heart is a popular Christmastime ornament in the Nordic countries, and not reserved just for Valentine’s Day. I made the cross stitch heart and interlaced tag outline with a photo editor.
Then I trimmed them into rectangles, but you can either cut along the outline or create whichever shape you prefer.
Download as .pdf (9 per letter-sized sheet; free for personal use only).
Happy New Year to each and everyone! I had such a relaxing Christmas and a great break in general. I hope that was also the case for you. It’s good to be back to a fresh start, though, with some fresh snow outdoors. I just love how everything looks so clean and clear and soft after snowfall.
Speaking of soft: Every year, I try to include something handmade in my Christmas presents. Here are some soft projects from 2014 that I most enjoyed making:
Clockwise from top right: three nesting bins in the recipient’s favorite colors; simple gift wrapping with a hunter green envelope, a bunny paper clip and a recycled Christmas card cut down to size; freeform hand-embroidered rosemary sachets, cotton on cotton muslin; two nesting bins out of blue Marimekko poppy print fabric; and eight fabric coasters with felt innards and fringed edges, complete with a small custom storage bin in coordinating colors.
In this case, part of the pleasure came from being able to use for personal gain a fabric bin construction technique I developed for my business.
Any handmade gifts you either made or received that you’d like to share? Please do!
I enjoy making my own gift tags, but we all have times when it’s just not possible because life. Fortunately, the Amazing Internets!! comes to the rescue. Here are a few cheerful, colorful holiday gift tags and other printables.
Clockwise from top right: rainbow party printables by Jaime at Everyday Art; Let It Snow gift boxes and tags by Emily Hingston; jumbo Christmas light garland by Bettijo at Paging Supermom; tags with a knit print by Amy Moss.
Thank you for your generosity, everyone!
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.
This week has dealt me several challenges, some of them not very pleasant. It was therefore a lovely surprise to see this result with a sewing project:
I made this little fabric storage bin as a thank you gift to a customer. See how the pattern lines up almost perfectly at the seam? I did not painstakingly calculate the circumference of the bin or the repeats of the chevrons, and line up my starting point accordingly; it happened by chance.
In an interview in The New York Times, Peter Dinklage gives his thoughts on luck:
“I feel really lucky,” he said, then added, “although I hate that word — ‘lucky.’ ” When I asked him why, he mulled it over for a moment, looking away. Then he focused back on me. “It cheapens a lot of hard work,” he said. “Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes — I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an” — here he put on a faux snooty voice — “artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.” (Reported by Dan Kois.)
I do see his point. I have been fortunate myself, but this was not one of those moments. It was pure luck. And, just this week, I’m going to take my free, undeserved luck and not feel at all bad. Next week I might consider adding a pinch of guilt. 😉
May your weekend be happy and relaxing!
When I started my business this spring, my family gave me a set of inspirational pencils. This green pencil sums up my business experience so far quite well:
What a thoughtful, timely and useful gift!