This holiday season, as with all others, I pledged to buy all the handmade presents that I could. Those presents that weren't handmade were supplies to promote creativity so I believe I was wholly successful this year. To add to the success, I received some lovely handmade gifts from my family, considering the length of this post, I will bore you with what I received another time.
Before the holidays were started my youngest nephew turned three. He is quite adorable with full rosy cheeks and I thought he would look even cuter in this adorable silk-screened t-shirt by heather jeany...
orange is his color and he is smitten with it! Here is a little hint, when a little one has a birthday near the holidays, they love to get their presents mailed to them. It makes it even more special, just as his birthday should be.
Since I have mentioned heather jeany, I must share with you the holiday cards that I sent out this year, as she is the creator and made spreading holiday cheer possible.
These were a big hit, especially with Callie's personalized postage on the envelope.
Most other presents were bought from Craftland. It was hard to work my volunteer hours without finding handmade goodness that I just simply needed to buy.
First, I bought the sweetest little lady who lives downstairs this giraffe shirt.
This isn't her, it is the photo of the shirt from Sheriff Peanut's website. Their bold images make for adorable t-shirts. The best part was that this cute two year old exclaimed "a zebra!" upon opening the wrapped present. I love the enthusiasm.
My adorable niece with dark curly hair and grey eyes was given the sweetest little owl shirt. A pink long sleeve tee, perfect for her preference to pinks and purples, with an owl applique made of a patchwork of colorful materials, two shell button "eyes" and some feathery embellishments. I have yet to witness it but I hear from her smitten mother that she looks quite cute in it. Since I am unable to retrieve a photo of this piece of art from the internet I will leave you with their website. Hoosier Magnolia's wares for children are quite lovely.
Keeping on with the ladies in our lives, I bought my niece from Sweden the cutest dress by Sweet Pepita. I tried to get a picture of Freja in it, as she immediately tried it on, however, she also took it off just as quickly. That isn't to say she wasn't smitten!
Since all of these darling creations are one of a kind I wasn't able to get a photo of one in the green that I bought her. I promise, no matter the color, they are all just as cute.
For Freja's mother (aka, my beloved sister-in-law and best friend), I bought her a travel bag to hold soaps and lotions, with the hope that she will use it soon on a return visit. I have just scoured the internet for photos and websites and came up with nothing for Label D, the artisan behind the bag. Trust me, is was simple and pretty, made from lawn chair mesh and detailed with some simple stitches of thread through it. I filled it with some lovely soaps from Whole Foods along with some great finds from TJ Maxx. All luscious smelling, vegan goodness.
My brother-in-law is residing in Sweden but misses Providence dearly so I got him this shirt so he can feel close to home...
Nephews aged 3 and 4 received the wigwam village.
They are laser-cut wood punch-out kits. The Providence ones went so quickly that I was unable to snag one. Either way, they will have fun putting their own together.
Next time around I will bore you with all the handmade goodness I received for the holidays!