Soooooo… Christmas is officially over and though I didn’t accomplish everything that I had hoped to in the handmade gift department, I did accomplish a lot and I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.
I’m not gonna lie, I stressed myself out completely trying to finish everything at the 11th hour and breathed a huge sigh of relief when it was all over and done with! But hey, what’s Christmas without a little self induced, set my expectations way too high, kind of stress?! Despite the mad rush to get everything on my list done, I had a lot of fun with these gifts. I loved the creativity of making everything by hand and was incredibly proud of each finished project, flaws and all!
I wasn’t able to do five different crates as I had hoped (again the high expectation thing can be a bit of an issue for me!), but I did do the ones I was most excited about. The tea lovers crate, the mixologist crate, and the chocolate lovers crate. The rest of the crate ideas I can save for birthday gifts, hostess gifts, or even just an I’m thinking of you gift!
My next post will include all the recipes, patterns and shortcuts I used to create my gift crates, so if any of you are feeling inspired you can get cooking and crafting!
Cuffed Hand Warmers
Hand knitted cuffed hand warmers for my sister that I included in her tea lovers crate. You can find the pattern from Purl Soho.
Flavored Simple Syrups
I included these flavored simple syrups in the mixologist crate. A splash of one of these in a glass of champagne is pretty amazing! I used Avery labels and design tools to create a custom label for from a photo Josh took on our ranch!
Tea Lovers Crate
The tea lovers crate varied from recipient to recipient but this one was for my Godmother Debbie and included a monogrammed mug, monogrammed tea towels, jam, a chai spice scented candle, a set of the cuffed hand warmers and two different tea blends. For the jam labels I used the beautiful designs created by Jam Labelizer.
My mother and sister got tea crates as well as this hostess crate, which included three jams and a set of hand sewn fringed dinner napkins. I embroidered my mother’s napkins with a monogram for Badlands Ranch.
Hand & Neck Warmers
I did a third set of hand warmers for my mother and included a matching neck warmer that the lovely ladies at Purl Soho helped me create a pattern for.
These adorable hats are a great quick knit and so soft even my three year old won’t take it off! I did one for my niece Madison, my daughters Naleigh and Adalaide and my father Paul. The pattern is from… you guessed it, Purl Soho!
Monogrammed Dish Towels
I included a set of four monogrammed dish towels in my sister’s, mother’s, godmother’s and aunt’s tea crates. I got the fabric and pattern from Purl Soho! and then kinda just did my own thing! This is my sister’s set, Miss Margaret Leigh!