ever since we got pregnant, i’ve wanted to make all my favorite things even more special for our daughter. and the holiday season (november & december) is my FAVORITE time of year! maybe because my birthday is also co-mingled in there, but probably mostly for all the family events. and i’m talking LOTS of family events. and sweet treats. i’m talking LOTS of sweet treats!
we recently spent a week in MN visiting my parents and extended family while also celebrating a close friend’s wedding (and ate cake). it was a little chilly, but still beautiful! we were also able to visit Hubby’s parents during that trip (they cat-sit for us) which was great. yay free help (plus they fed us home made key lime pie)!
since there really won’t be many more free weekends between now and the new year, i gotta make these last few before thanksgiving count! i think that’s why i’ve been doing my best crafting/sewing after dark lately. last weekend, i spent an hour after the LO went to sleep making this: (and dishing out a lot of “shhhh! don’t wake her up!” aimed at my husband while he played video games)
which is a HUGE improvement over these ($1 ea at Target a couple years ago):
the stocking came together quickly, less than an hour (not including cutting time completed on a previous night). i actually cut out WAAY more pieces than i needed for the stocking; not sure yet what i’ll do with the leftovers. anyways, i modeled the stocking after this one (image below ala cluck cluck sew) except i didn’t do the double hour glass blocks, or follow her tutorial. mainly i didn’t add lining to my stocking, just quilted the front and added a piece of christmas-y flannel to the back.
i’m debating whether i should add the LO’s name along the cuff. since it’s so unique, i don’t think we’ll have any trouble figuring out which one is hers.
either way, i can’t wait (for Santa) to fill it!
what do you do to make your favorite things special for your loved ones?
update: although i’m not giving this one away, i might use the extra pieces to make one for a little boy/girl in need care of this event going on now at purple panda quilts: