Tis the season to think about gifts for kids

Posted Wednesday 16 September 2009 and filed under: Good Finds,Just Sharing

Boy, I’m feeling really restless at the moment. Can’t sit still. Can’t concentrate on anything for more than 5 seconds. It’s all because I’m waiting on a few things, waiting for people to get back to me on craft and non-craft related decisions. And I am impatient by nature. And I hate uncertainty. Not a good combination. I’m not proud of it and it has been to my detriment many times. So playing this waiting game is really driving me loopy!

I am very thankful for distractions – like blogland – for times like these :-) It’s good to be able to step away from the anxiety and be immersed in creativity and inspiration, even if just for a little while.

Someone told me that Christmas is only 14 weeks awayseriously! So I’ve started thinking about gifts for kids. I’d really like to make an effort this year and make as many gifts as I can.

Here’s a few ideas I’ve come across:

1) Chez Beeper Bebe provides an excellent tutorial on making your own colouring books tailored with your recipient in mind:

2) The you can team it up with this easy-peasy-lemon-squeasy pencil roll – tutorial provided by Cinti of My Poppet:

3) Got a little Masterchef in mind? I love the idea of this chef’s hat by Cam (tutorial also provided):

4) And you can then team up the hat with a kid-sized apron using Supafine’s super fine tutorial over here :-)

Found any kids gift tutorials you’d like to share too? Please leave them as a comment – I’d love more ideas!

I also wanted to share Cathy’s Ruby Doll:

Isn’t she beautiful? Cathy did such a fantastic job with the pattern and I really love how she embroidered the hair and even made a matching bag (doll+bag is another great gift idea for little girls don’t you think?). Of course, Cathy is half of the very successful Audrey and Maude team so it should be no surprise :-)

If you’ve made a Ruby Doll, don’t forget to add it to the Ruby Doll Group on Flickr!

Well, I finally started running again today. Can’t believe how unfit I have become after just one week away from running!!! I did a typical distance for me and used a standard route and I was struggling all the way to the end. I think it’s partly due to this cough, which I can’t seem to shake off. It made breathing properly a real challenge! Anyway, I’ll try for another run tomorrow and see how that goes. The Melbourne Marathon 10KM race is only 3 and 1/2 weeks away so I need to get my act together!

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14 Responses to “Tis the season to think about gifts for kids”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’m pleased I’m not the only one starting to think about this.
    I’m starting to make the colouring wallets for my presents, but that pencil roll might be good too.
    It’s never too early to be organised

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  2. CurlyPops Says:

    Only 14 weeks??? I was actually thinking about this yesterday and I put away what I was going to start working on because i thought I still had heaps of time!

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  3. Bronwyn Says:

    You know it’s getting close when you walk into DJs and their Christmas shop is already up and running with Myer not too far behind!!!

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  4. Bianca Says:

    I know how you feel… I’m very very impatient too… hope it’ll all sort itself out :)

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  5. Cathy Says:

    So glad you like my little doll Johanna! It is a great pattern and I will be making more I am sure. good luck with the next 14 weeks. happy sewing – your ideas are great.

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  6. supa (Mary Beth) Says:

    Thanks for mentioning my kid’s apron, Jhoanna! I love all the other ideas you’ve put together, too.

    And thanks for your unintentional kick in the behind! I can’t believe there are only 14 weeks. Better get crackin’. :)

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  7. Christy Says:

    I know it’s time to think about gift guides when they announced on tv today that christmas is just 100 days away! I’m loving your gift ideas Jho!

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  8. Sarah Says:

    I thought it was ridiculous to find Christmas displays in the shops last week and in the catalogue today but when you say it in weeks it doesn’t sound so far away. Now I’m panicking that I won’t get it all done.

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  9. Beth Says:

    The Ruby Doll is precious! I am also partial to the wonderful chef hat! Thanks for showing it!

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  10. rhelynn Says:

    pretty doll and lots of good ideas! I’ve got birthday to think about before Christmas – but they’re both coming up quick! I was thinking one of those big cushions or easy-chairs she could sit on.. seen those in blogland somewhere handmade.. so cool! Hope the decisions fall in your favor!

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  11. Holly Says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial plug, Jhoanna,. Funny you paired it with the pencil roll as I was thinking about doing just that for some kiddie Christmas gifts of my own! Fantastic minds think a like, I tell you.

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  12. Vikki Says:

    Thank you for another inspiring post, Jhoanna! :-)

    I love the idea of the hand-made colouring-in books… that is fantastic! :-) You could also fill it full of confidence-building sayings such as ” is so Clever!”, above the pictures for example. I’m all for encouraging children to believe in themselves and that would be a great vehicle for doing just that! :-)

    Hugs! vikki xoxo

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  13. Vikki Says:

    oops, I used some code in my last post that didn’t show up! I said, “insert name of child… followed by “is so clever!” he he he.. you probably wondered what I was talking about! lol… xx

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  14. Happydacks Says:

    Hi Jho, I am wondering if it is ok with you if I put your free Ruby Doll pattern link on my blog? Pretty Please? Chele x
    P.S. Christmas does this to me every single year…agrh!

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