Handmade Christmas

January 3rd

I’ve been waiting for the last gifts to be gifted and received to post the projects I made for the holidays.

Cigar Box turned Correspondence Kit for Colleen

Cigar Box turned Correspondence Box

Cigar Box turned Correspondence Box

Cigar Box turned Correspondence Box

Cigar Box turned Correspondence Box

With much thanks to Kinchie for nudging me along to get this done and helping with the details!

Tea Towel Headbands, which I put together with help of my mama. (God bless her patience. I hate turning tiny things like this.) I love the idea of having a little towel on your brow when you are working out, gardening or running down the field playing frisbee. You want to look cute, but you don’t want your hair in your eyes. And if it sucks up a little “glisten” along the way, even better.

Tea towel headbands

Tea Towel Headbands

These were paired with my 2008 Christmas music mix. If one doesn’t get you out on your bike, hopefully the other does.

And finally, Amy Butler wide leg jammie pants. I made these in fleece and added a t-shirt to make pajama sets for eight friends.

Amy Butler wide leg pants -- fleece

Amy Butler wide leg pants -- fleece

Amy Butler wide leg pants -- fleece

And to all a good night! The Christmas tree is down, the Valentine’s heart is going on the front door and I’m looking forward to a rockin’ 2009.



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28 Responses

  1. love the presents! looks like you got through your holidays with the maximum number of handmade presents you could give! i always aspire to this level of craft for gifting, and i’m getting closer and closer!

  2. I love the cigar box correspondence kit! This is the perfect gift idea for my niece since she loves to write and I love to get letters. 🙂 It’s going on my list of 2009 Christmas gifts.

  3. Such great gifts– and wow, 8 pairs of pj pants! So awesome.

  4. Tina in Duluth January 3, 2009

    You are a machine! What wonderful, thoughtful gifts you gave! And this doesn’t even include your gifts of food! Awesome! Pat yourself on the back!

    Is this too many exclamation points for Kelli?? NO!!!

  5. What awesome gifts Kelli! Those headbands are perfect for working out (but they are almost too pretty!). I love the cigar box correspondence kit–having everything you need beautifully organized in one spot to complete a task definitely appeals to my OCD critical care sensibilities. 🙂 Bravo. Again.
    You are my muse, Kelli.
    Finally finished the felt juggling balls, and after I finish making that hoodie for Mark, I can’t wait to acquire some cute tea-towels and give a go at it!

  6. How does one get on your friend list? Please let me know. 🙂

  7. Happy New Year Kelli! Wow, what great gifts! I love the cigar box correspondence kit. I am going to make one for my grandma for Mothers Day. She writes me weekly and I think she’ll really enjoy a kit of her own. Is that a stamp set and ink pad I see on the side?

    Right back at you on having a rockin’ 2009!

  8. Handmade gifts are the best! Your family and friends are blessed by your thoughtfulness.

  9. Now that box is something you would never find in the stationary section, however I would buy one if I did.

  10. Wow, you were busy, what great gifts!!!
    I wish my tree was down but the kids begged me for a few more days of “Christmas.”
    Happy New Year!!

  11. So ambitious. I love handmade gifts. You are so sweet to your loved ones. Good on you.

  12. I love all those handmade gifts especially the pajama pants. What a bunch of lucky friends you have.

  13. You have some very lucky friends! The gifts all look great. 🙂

  14. You’re such a generous friend. Fantastic gifts.

  15. Great handmade gifts Kelli. They are all very creative and useable. I love the use of the cigar box. I beliee I still have some stored away I have had for quite afew years. I used to line them inside with velvet and make jewlery/catych all boxes out of them. I really like the correspondance kit idea though and have someone in mind I know would appreciate and use one. Thanks again for the inspriation!

  16. I love the correspondence kit! I’d love to do something like that for some friends next year.

  17. Hi Kelli,
    I wish you have a wonderful 2009 and keep inspiring so many people like you have in the past.
    I also wanted to share a little trick, when you sew something like a head band or a strip that is hard to turn around, sew a piece of fabric or bias tape to the end and then use it to pull it and turn it around. When you’re done cut the threads to take the tape out and it’s ready to be used again! I just learned that from my crafty sister in law:)

  18. Goodness, Ms Thing! Look at you go! What fantastic gifts you turned out. I cannot believe you cranked out EIGHT PAIR of those pants. That’s an accomplishment in and of itself.

  19. You sewing fool! I know you were busy but, WOW, you were busy with a capital B!!!
    The headbands are so cute and what a great idea to use cute tea towels! I saw the pix of your bro wearing his lounge pants in a previous post and they look great! Great job!

  20. You are just such a wonderful person, Kelli. So thoughtful and crafty…Jordan and I send you big, big hugs and kisses.


  21. I love the correspondence kit! I think I’m going to copy that idea. 🙂

  22. Wow, that is a lot of pj pants!! So much fun. And I love my correspondence kit. I am one lucky girl : )

  23. Awesome presents Kelli! I want a pair of jammies:)

  24. What great Christmas gifts and I’m sure all the recipients are delighted with them. You are so thoughtful, Kelli.

  25. You were busy this holiday season! What a generous friend you are.(I love my gift, btw!) Cheers to a happy, healthy and beautiful ’09!

  26. Oh I just love the pjs!! I really need to try this sewing thing. Kelsey begs me to sew with her. I just have NO CLUE!! I’m so excited for v-day and looking for a cute project to do. THose pjs just might be the thing!I got my hand on 5 cigar boxes right before xmas and I’m just waiting for an idea to pop out so I can do something with them. They are beautiful so I hate to do anything to them!

  27. Wow, Kelli! You sure made some great gifts there! You are so thoughtful and generous.

    Happy New Year!

  28. I love the cigar box kit. That is a fantastic idea. Where did you find the wooden cigar box? I’m thinking this would be a great gift to make and send to a friend of mine in Mexico.