Monday, December 21, 2009

Mark It

Why is it that I am so delusional when it comes to making lists of gifts to make? I've been shedding projects and downsizing like mad.

Instead of getting a purse that I have cut out but not sewn, my aunt is getting a book* with a bookmark I made. My uncle's not getting coasters, he's getting a book** with a bookmark I made. I think it is noble that I tried to make all my gifts, but if I am ever going to succeed in this endeavor, I am going to have to start making gifts in January. Remind me when I get back from vacation.



The dude was always getting bookmarks. He leaves them in books and then finds them after he's started using scraps of paper. I figure if he has a stash of bookmarks, he won't embarrass the family by using the grocery receipt. In the batch, you can see I did manage to finish that piece of nine ball I found at the bead show. I glued it on to a jewelry bale and added some ribbon. The dude played a lot of pool as a youth and dreamed of going pro. He's still pretty good today, so I think he will enjoy this. My favorite is the one with the "X" on it. I like making bookmarks that say things like "You are here." Then I use the X to mark the spot--gives you something to do with all those X letter stickers; you know, if you don't have a Xavier in the family.


* Per Lee's suggestion, Lisa Lutz's The Spellman Files
** The Fisherman's Ocean,
David A. Ross, PhD. Yeah, I didn't think you'd be that interested in that one either.

7 comments:

Kathryn said...

Since the only two handmade gifts that I finished in time for Christmas were finished in January and maybe 1995, I feel your pain.

Real Live Woman said...

I, too, feel your pain. I'm desperately trying to finish the last of the two sugar plum ornaments I need to give as gifts on Christmas Eve.

Alice said...

You give many many more handmade gifts than I do. I am a plodding sort of stitcher at best and not terribly crafty in other ways. Books are the best gifts; they keep on giving again and again. I like your bookmarks too. You can never have enough bookmarks. I really like leaving one in each book, so I have a lot!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Nic said...

I feel guilty now - I've just mailed my best friend a book and didn't make her a bookmark for it ... ;o)

(fab book, though - Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day!)

doris said...

Thank goodness you're human! I've made only one gift this year, my new son-in-law's stocking, and I don't even feel bad about it. Rather shameful, don't you think?

Melissa said...

I read years ago that Tasha Tudor started planning for the next Christmas on Dec. 26th. I always seem to get in the Christmas hand made gift mood oh, the day after Thanksgiving. I hate that about myself. But knitting in July just doesn't make sense to me, LOL. Maybe 2010 will be the year each of my SILs gets a handknit scarf maybe....

Miriam said...

Is this the point where I admit I dog-ear my books and you never speak to me again?

I do reserve that behavior for books I actually own.