Friday, December 30, 2011

Handmade Parade: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

You haven't heard from us for awhile at least in part because we've had our heads down at the studio making gifts for friends and family. Now that the big day has come and gone, we're ready to share. No spoilers here!

Here's an idea for those of you who get a lot of beautiful Christmas cards, and hate to just toss them in the recycling bin come the end of the season. I saved last years cards to make the gift tags for this year's presents...

And I'm excited to update this idea next year using my recently-acquired paper punch!

Since I have been making a gift tags for the past few years, the older tags that survived are still mixed in as well:

A simple hand-carved robot lino cut

Manila tags stamped with purchased stamps

This year, I made some cloth bags for gifts, which can be re-used in place of paper in the years to come. It was fun to whip up a bag or two each time Meg and I went to the studio to craft. I used up little scraps of fabrics and ribbons and got to be creative and spontaneous with my designs.

While you don't get to rip the crap out of these like wrapping paper,
the addition of a few jingle bells makes unwrapping fun and festive!

I even made a couple of bags for my mom using the leftover scraps of embroidered fabric that didn't make their way into the recycled vintage embroidery baby quilt that I wrote about before.

Stay tuned to see some of the presents Megan and I made for our peeps... and for each other!