Focus on presents, fin

We had a very TV Christmas, with food and presents and hangouts and a full day of happiness, starting off with Chase dressed up in full Santa kit, making our friend’s day. I gave out the last of the handmade gifts, more of the patchwork animals and a mini sculpt of the protagonist of a friend’s book. I’ve got a bunch of the CD covers folded and will be mailing them out (with CDs) by the end of the week. I’m pretty happy with this year’s cover. And the mix,…

Focus on presents, primary round done

All the lovelies that I mail things to, I am sad to say, are not getting crafty presents this year.  It turns out that when you don’t spend 4 hours commuting via public transit, you kind of end up with less dedicated crafting time. I am super sad about this, by the way. I ended up only crafting a couple of things, which (as I said at the beginning) I expected to give out less this year.  Mostly because the bulk of my present crafting time was taken up by…

Focus on presents: more progress than you’d think

So, my little spreadsheet of gifts is getting ticked and the tree at our friends’ place has several gifts under it.  My kid sister is enjoying her hand-me-down XBox and Chase already got his nutmeg grater and SPICES OF THE ORIENT.  And the handmade presents continue to go. Slowly. I am actually kind of pissed that I didn’t think of this gift theme earlier.  Next year? You are all probably getting something like this. (“You” here being “people on my gift list”).  I am super happy how the above two…

Focus on presents: one down

HA.  I love people who tell me what they want in October and then forget about it. I had to get a store bought thing to go with the hand-made aspect of this one, and also wrapping paper, so this technically has been done a bit, but is 100% finished now. And I’ve figured out how to show that I’m hitting goals. My present spreadsheet is filled out and ready to be obliterated. MAN, I love making stuff and then not having it hanging around my house after.

Focus Month: Presents

Now, we don’t really celebrate Christmas.  There’s a lot of reasons for that that don’t matter—and the way we tend to do it is more often than not on the Orthodox calendar—but we do give folks presents this time of year because I am utterly terrible at remembering birthdays. I’ve also moved to being someone who gets you something only if I can think of a thing, because we’re all grownups here and we all have a lot of junky shit we don’t need, so I’m not going to add…