I know Christmas has come and gone but I thought I'd share the gifts I made. This year I vowed I'd make at least some of my gifts. I didn't do everything I'd planned but I'm pleased with what I did accomplish. It was especially good since I still can't stand for more than 30 minutes or so, which means shopping for Christmas gifts just wasn't going to happen easily this year. All of the lazing about that's happened since the accident meant I've had time to think. Turns out when I take time to just relax the ideas start rolling about. I had more than one night of sleeplessness from my brain refusing to turn off.
The first idea I had was to make matching card games for some of the children. We called this game concentration when I was a kid and we'd use a regular deck of cards. I used photos I'd taken. Each child had their own unique set that included all of the family but heavy on their immediate family and the cousins.
I used the photo project program that came with my computer so each photo printed out a uniform size. I tried using photo paper but the paper I bought wasn't water fast and I was afraid the photos would get ruined quickly. I ended up printing on a thick paper I have.
I backed each photo with scrapbook paper.
I made each child a bag to keep their game in. The labels were fabric made to print on that I purchased for a project I'll share with you tomorrow.
I don't really sew but those little bags were so easy to make I whipped a bunch of them up for other handmade gifts.
A few years ago I began making annual slide shows for my family. It's a review of the year that has become a tradition that all just love. I'm told it's the best part of Christmas now. The parents in the family thought these matching card games were the second best thing I've made for Christmas. I look forward to making them for the youngest children who were too young to get them this year.