Gingerbread — the Breakfast of Champions

December 20th

Everything’s wrapped. My cards are all mailed. My little Christmas tree is looking quite bare now that the gifts are being delivered. I drove to work truly enjoying a gingerbread man for breakfast. I’ve so enjoyed this holiday season.

{I think about how much fun Christmas will be when I have children one day. I can’t wait to do Advent calendars, hang their stockings, go cut and decorate a tree and create family traditions. One family tradition I know I’ll continue is an orange in the toe of the stockings. I’m not sure how this started in our family, but my brother and I on cue poke at the toe of our stockings Christmas morning and say, “ORANGE!” More than likely this was because we grew up with a bunch of citrus trees in the backyard and my parents had quick access to an additional treat. Regardless, it is always fun to have a bit of routine to holidays.}

Wrapped and delivered this week:

everyone wants a tree tshirt

Embroidered T-shirts. I stole this idea from Melissa.

girl's circle tshirt

Yep, there is more of that pointsetta fabric. Needless to say, I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

c'est l'afrique, non

Who doesn’t want a tee with a bit of African sass?

saguaro with flowers

An embroidered saguaro cactus tee for Molly. She was my partner in Shelley’s City Swap. Who is my partner I wonder?

GBOT project travel bag

I sewed up a couple drawstring children’s activity bags too. These were stuffed with crayons and coloring books and sweets. They are for some friends who will be traveling this Christmas. Keeping the kids busy and happy keeps the parents cheerful too. Non?

wristlet of the week

And a poppy wristlet, using the last of my photo fabric paper. I love that photo!

I’m officially out of Adventathon photos and completed projects. Phew. Handmade Christmas was a success this year. Tomorrow I travel to be with family. Be well friends!
Merry Christmas,

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27 Responses

  1. wow…you have done a fabulous job creating unique & beautiful gifts kelli! i love everything you’ve posted. have a terrific holiday with your family. and enjoy some tex mex while you’re in the big ‘ol state of texas!!! πŸ™‚ merry christmas blog buddy!

  2. Merry Christmas.

  3. Love the photo fabric wristlet!

    We always had a tangerine in the bottom of our stockings – partly because my dad always did when he was a kid, along with a 50p piece, which at the time was the most valuable coin. My mum explained to me that it was actually because a tangerine fits the toe of the sock nicely, and allows for the rest to be filled neatly (BTW we had real socks, my Dad’s not the huge ornamental ones!)

  4. We always got/get an apple in the toe of our stockings. My mother alway said it was to remind us of those like my grandfather and others who at one time were overjoyed to receive fresh fruit and what a special treat that was…not so many toys back then.

  5. What a bunch of wonderful projects you have done! Whew!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    (and don’t forget the stretchy pants!) ; )

  6. look at your tags! so professional. wow.

  7. Very cute projects! I recognized the fabrics! Have a wonderful Christmas! Thank you again for all you have done! You deserve the best!

  8. My friend Angie was JUST saying that Christmas isn’t Christmas without an orange in the toe of your stocking. I’m going to have to send her a link to this post. Thanks for the link and congratulations on getting all your crafty projects and mailing done — you’re an inspiration. I have my fingers crossed you’ll get your City Swap box before you leave tomorrow or that it will be waiting for you when you get home (I love late xmas presents). Maybe it’s coming from someplace really cool and far away and that’s why it’s taking so long.

  9. I LOVE the title of this post. Gingerbread is so yummy! Everything looks great, and I just know that everyone is going to love their gifts. Nothing beats a thoughtful gift. πŸ™‚

    Have a safe trip, and a very Merry Christmas!

  10. I have so enjoyed getting to see the fruits of your Handmade Christmas – you’ve done it all so beautifully…

    We used to get a tangerine in the toe of our stockings – it was so the stocking would hang nicely. The tangerine nestled down into the toe, and was heavy enough to round it out nicely, but not so heavy so as to pull the stocking out of shape!

  11. lovely handmade gifts, Kelli!
    We always had an orange int he toe of our stocing too. My grandfather said this might hail back to his own (east end of London during the war, one of 10 kids) childhood, when an orange really was a once-a-year treat.
    Happy Christmas!

  12. merry christmas and a peaceful new year. Enjoy a happy holiday with family and friends.

  13. Hey Kel! You haven’t gotten your swap package yet? Strange! Your buddy emailed me on Dec. 3 telling me she had gotten it out a day or two before. Hmmm. I hope it didn’t get lost in the mail?? Sadness… I’m still missing one too, but I chalk that up to being over in Italy and the Italian postal system. Icky.

    Must feel like a relief to have the Christmas kitchen officially closed. Now you can relax and really enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

    I’m glad your readership is growing. Your blog is great!

  14. Merry Christmas Kelly! You made so many beautiful things! You are so productive! Have a wonderful time with your family!

  15. We got an apple & an orange in the bottom of our stockings each year too. I continue this tradition with Steve now and will with our kids too I think. Also – peanuts in the shell. A must. πŸ™‚ Of course we always got a few other goodies too. I love stockings!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Kelli! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

  16. Travel safe and give the whole Donk fam a big hug for me πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas, doll.

  17. Hi Kelli,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, not sure if I’ve commented. I notice in your gray t-shirt, what appears to be a tag–do you get them printed somewhere, or did you just write that on a piece of fabric? I’m interested in getting some tags made and wonder where to get some…?

  18. so many pretty things to see on your blog. it’s almost a sensory overload!

    santa always stuck an orange in our stockings when we were growing up, too! what a cool tradition. (I haven’t done that with my children, but every year I say I will.)

    Merry, Merry Christmas, Kelli!

  19. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! I had a great time the last few months getting to know you better, and I’m looking forward the next year and to more posts on your blog. Whishing a Merry Christmas to all Kelli’s readers and your families.

  20. ohhh i love the african t-shirt!!!

    Kelli i hope you have a great travel and time with your family and friends!!! Merry Christmas!


  21. you have been one busy little elf. wow! such wonderful things you have been creating. merry christmas kelli.

  22. Hey crafting buddy. Big holiday wishes, hugs and much love to you Miss Kelli. Thanks for being such a great bleader this year. Love Nicole xo

  23. Everything is so beautiful! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & your entire family!!

  24. That is so funny. My bf told me that his dad always used to get him oranges for xmas. They didn’t have citrus trees though so I have no idea where that came from! Merry Christmas!

  25. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kelli!

  26. I love all the handmade presents you made… hope everyone liked them as well!
    Have a wonderful newyears’eve!

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