Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 25 of 25 Handmade Gifts to Give

Today is the last day of the Handmade Gift ideas. I will still feature a few ideas here and there.

What a great idea for the little ones on your list. Found in Lemon Tree Studio

Edible Finger Paints!!! How cool is that. Found in WeeCanToo

If you have people on your list that you just aren't sure what to get them a handmade gift is always a great idea and Etsy is full of shops offering something for pretty much everyone on your list. As I was searching for ideas I noticed that many shops offered Gift Certificates too, so keep that in mind. And if you find a shop you love stuff in, but aren't sure what that special someone would like you might conversation the owner to see if they offer gift certificates. I don't have any listed in my shop, but will be making some digital designs up to offer them. I know gc aren't very personal, but if the recipient gets a handmade gift in the end, that is pretty awesome I think.

Back later maybe, tomorrow for sure with some finished projects.

33 before 34 1 month left

So last year I decided to make a list of 33 things I wanted to do/learn/whatever before I turn 34. Well 1 month from today I will be 34 so I decided to take a look and see how well I did. I know I have several on here that I came no where near completing, but I'm okay with it. I'm okay with it because this year I learned a lot about myself and did a lot of growing and for the first time in my life, I'm really liking where I am. Well, not completely, I'd love a different house, but with the economy and all of that icky adult stuff I can't change that right now. I mean inside I am really happy with me. I'm still a work in progress, but I'm really starting to get what they say about your 30's being really good. I still have some confidence issues, but even those I'm starting to overcome. I am working on my 34 before 35 list and will share that in the next week or so.

33 Things to before I turn 34:
1. Complete Couch to 5K(this will be a biggy for me. Want to run the Turkey Trot)-Didn't even come close!
2. Learn to knit-I did learn and am still learning. Need another lesson I think.
3. Learn to applique-Yes and can't wait to do lots more of it!
4. Learn all things blogger has- still learning, but feeling a lot better than I did last year at this time.
5. Improve PSE skills-YES!! I LOVE PSE and can't wait to do even more with it. Look for more on my new list.
6. Get my craft business up and going-It's up and slowly going. I've had a few orders, but I didn't get real serious until September or so, so I'm okay that it's not where I really wanted it to be. So much I want to do next year.
7. Be Happy with myself-See intro.
8. Project 365(I might put those pictures here as well)-I completed a few months.
9. Learn all about my Wacom Tablet-My Wacom tablet and I are very close. I love it.
10. Read 6 Classics, including Little Women-FAIL!!
11. Learn to embroider-I haven't done much with it, but have a couple of Christmas present ideas so I'm calling this one good.
12. Learn all about flicker-Getting there. I love the groups I've joined and plan on posting more there.
13. Be more green-I didn't do all I had hoped, but I'm really good about remembering to take my bags in when I shop and have made a few other changes that I am happy about.
14. Journal weekly(some here and some in a journal)-FAIL!!
15. Make time to create daily-While I may not make something daily, I do something in the creative realm daily. This has played a huge role in my being a lot happier.
16. Get a mani and pedi(shocker, I've never had either)-Nope!
17. Explore more with digital scrapping-Didn't do any albums or anything, but I have done what some would consider digital scrapping and have plans to do more.
18. Take better care of me-Eh! I'm doing better. Still have a month to do even more.
19. Take a Jessica Sprague class-Taking a free one, not what I had in mind. Might add this to the next year.
20. Let go of things better-I'm slowly getting there. This is a really hard thing for me.
21. Take a photography class-No, but my photography has improved a ton, so while I didn't take a class I am a lot happier with where my photography is.
22. Start a garden-Nope!
23. Print pictures monthly-Haha!!!
24. Do more sewing-Yes. In fact, I feel another sewing date coming on. I miss sewing. Have a dress to make Audrey for her to wear to school.
25. Yoga-No
26. Be better with money-No, but many other factors have played into this one.
27. Start a blog for me(Yahoo! One complete, now to keep it up)-You are reading it.
28. Explore more of my creative side-Yes, and I feel I'm finally getting to where I want to be.
29. Send more "fun" cards-No, but I made a lot of cards.
30. Learn more about movie maker-Yes and no. I know more, but not where I wanted to be.
31. Make a book of me-No
32. Menu plan weekly(week 1 good)-Haha! Actually I'm doing better here lately.
33. Learn more about my copics and different coloring techniques-Yes, I love my inks and colored pencils.

17 out of 33, not great, but I'm really happy with it. I know more about me and what I can do and what I want to do and for me that's bigger than checking everything off this list. I'm excited about my new list. And I still have a month left to do some of these things.

Got our December Daily books done!! Even Dart was excited about it and that makes this momma happy! Back later with something else I'm doing for December.
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