So this year, my little family is going to be having a Charlie Brown Christmas. 2008 has not been kind to us financially and we’re still playing catch up. But ya know what? I don’t care. This Christmas season has already been so wonderful I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The memories of shopping for presents for the Professor with Alex are better than anything anyone could buy. We only spent $40 on 3 presents, but we know that he is going to absolutely love every one of the gifts. Or the boxes they come in….
Alex and I won’t be exchanging “bought” gifts this year, but I’m enjoying the challenge of trying to think of creative things I can make or do for him that morning. Those goofy “love coupons” are an idea. I had always thought they were stupid before I got married. My thoughts after reading them were “You shouldn’t have to make a big deal about these actions. You should just be doing them for each other!” HA! Wasn’t I so cute and naive? While I believe my marriage is one of the best on the planet, we don’t rub each other’s feet just because we “feel like doing it.” Although Alex does make me feel incredibly guilty by doing the dishes without being asked rather often, or like recently, cleaning the entire freaking apartment while I was on vacation. I’m spoiled rotten. Maybe I should just make a coupon: “I promise to be as generous as you are…. but only for a day because you’re a freak of nature.”
ANYWAY! For the other loved ones and little kiddles in my life, I’m trying to make presents this year. Here are some of the links I’ve found very useful for any of you other crafters out there:
Sew a Teddy Bear! I’m thinking of using this pattern and making a bunny instead.
Molly the Monkey Pattern. This is my favorite. The pattern is so easy I want to make them for ALL the little girls in my family!
And of course, you should all be checking Craftzine. I’ve been checking their site every day because they have links to awesome ideas for gifts or Christmas decorations like Pop-UP cards, super simple snow storm garland, and patterns for knitting projects and ornaments and who knows what else!
Are any of you guys making presents this year?