When last Wednesday dawned September 1st, I realized that it was time that I get seriously busy about the long list of handmade gifts that need to be made. I emailed Tonya straight away and asked to join her and the amazing community of crafters she has gathered together in her Handmade Holidays 2010, both for inspiration and for encouragement.
We have recently begun an allowance with our children, and we have been working with them to save money, purchase a few of their own special snacks per week at the store, and have one or two quarters in their pockets for something of enjoyment.
After a great deal of discussion, and a lot of work on their part to try and balance their “budget”, I decided that it might be fun for them to have something special to carry their hard earned money in when we visit the markets. A few months back, Linda from Natural Suburbia held a giveaway for a few of her magical items. For the first time ever, I actually won a giveaway, and was treated to an amazing package. One of the treasures that I have kept on my work table ever since was a gorgeous piece of handmade felt felt that Linda had made (she is sweet enough to have a tutorial for doing the same on her blog). I have been thinking of what I wanted to do with it, and I knew that it had to feel right before I could use it.
The idea for this first holiday gift came when I folded the piece in half last week, and I realized that it could make a great wallet. The felt is super sturdy, and the project took all of about 30 minutes, start to finish to put together. What is it about completing the first handmade gift, even a tiny stocking stuffer, that just makes me feel so giddy? I love the holidays, and it is so meaningful to be able to give a gift, even a small one like this, that is handmade.
Personalized Felted Wallet
Cut your felt to what ever size feels right for you or your child. I chose to use Velcro as my closure (the sticky kind), and I matched them up and sewed them on for extra security.
Fold in half to the size you desire and pin in place.
Using a blanket stitch, sew the sides shut.
Using a scrap piece of linen or cotton, stamp or embroider your words of choice, and using a zig zag stitch sew in place (on front flap) to cover your velcro stitching.
Fill with what ever coins or dollars your child has saved, and enjoy!
This weekend we took the long trek (at 4 am) down to Colorado Springs for the Colorado Balloon Classic, and as always it was such a treat. There is something spectacular about huge colorful balloons filling the sky as the sun rises. When Jacob was about 18 months, he and I use to wake almost every morning at 6 am and head out to try and “chase” balloons. Ballooning is rather big in our area, and most sunny days you can find at least one in the sky. Jake and I would sit up on the hood of my car and he would just shriek in excitement. It is great to see that both boys still have that joy at seeing them fill up the sky.
At the end of the morning, we came across one of those high flying bungee things that kids can “fly” on. We went from balloons in the air to kids in the air in a matter of minutes. Oh the freedom of a trampoline and a bungee cord. I wish I could bottle those looks forever.
The weekend ended with true happiness, at least for me. We were the last of the visitors to the farmer’s market, and I scored a box of over ripened peaches, and another of pears for 1/3 the cost of what they would have been earlier in the day. Guess who is spending her Memorial Day Monday in the kitchen jamming?
Have a happy and safe holiday my friends