Years ago, the big joke in our family was that I had all my Christmas gifts made or purchased and wrapped by September! I would mail things out the day after Halloween!!!!
I did it this way for about 20 years and loved it. Since having the kids though, I've progressively gotten worse....and worse....and worse!
This past year I was hitting the stores the last WEEK before Christmas and didn't start making any handmade gifts until mid November!
My shoulders and hands were soooooo sore. So.......I decided that even if I couldn't go back to the way I used to do it, I would at least start making my handmade gifts early.
My goal is pretty simple: to make 1 gift per month, all year long. If I do it, then I'll have 12 gifts completed by December.
Here is gift one, a crocheted checkerboard. It is the perfect size for using while on a picnic or camping....or on the table in someone's backyard. Easy to carry and easy to clean. I used regular Red Heart yarn.....it is terrific for this type of project.
I made a few checkers too...but they were too light so instead I bought some poker chips, they have a nice weight so they should stay put on the board.
The little bag is perfect to hold the chips and the "board" rolls up nicely. I'm going to put it in a little canvas tote when given and just stuff the top with pretty tissue. Gift and wrap all in one.
I've already got several other projects in mind.....just need to get started.