Since I'm home this year I decided I was going to try to make as many of my presents as possible.
On Thursday night we had our girls night out and exchanged gifts. Katie was unable to make it as Jack wasn't feeling well, so I still have her present to give her.
My friend Stacy is a photographer. She took our family photos this fall and did an amazing job. So, I looked on Pinterest and found a camera ornament made out of felt. Challenge accepted. It came out so cute and I honestly had a hard time giving it away after trying it out on our tree for a bit. The white sparkly buttons are extras from my wedding dress. I also bought her a travel mug that looks like a camera lens but had Katie use her Anazon Prime so it would arrive on time, only for Katie to be sick. Oh well.
For my Friend Natasha I wanted to do something Georgia themed since that's where she's from and where her parents still live. I also found this idea on pinterest. I printed a map of Georgia and hammered in nails all along the perimeter. Then I found what part of Georgia she was from and hammered nails into the shape of a heart in that part of the state. Then I wrapped and strung string from one nail to the next until it was complete. It was pretty frustrating as the nails kept falling out, but all in all I like the way it came out.
For my friend Katie I wanted to do something with pictures because I know she loves pictures. I found this easy idea and improvised using super glue as it's all we had on hand. I also bought her a bottle of wine.
We also had a Christmas themed play date with the babies a week ago and exchanged gifts for them. I made them a crayon holder each and they came out super cute.
Here are the links to the project ideas:
Crayon holder: http://skiptomylou.wordpress.com/2007/04/25/on-a-roll/
Photo magnets: http://forums.thebump.com/discussion/7620931/easy-cheap-diy-grandparent-gift-idea-pip
Georgia string art: http://theharpsterhome.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/heart-in-ohio/
Camera ornament: http://kristensbloglife.blogspot.com/2009/11/handmade-christmas-for-photographer-on.html?m=1
I have more gifts in the works for family and will share them at another time.