Sunday, January 8, 2012

Handmade Holiday: Christmas Part II

I wanted to share with you some of the gifts Peter and I made for the kids this Christmas.  For MaKenna (well all the kids really), he made a fridge to go with the play kitchen.  It couldn't have been more perfect timing...just a few days before Christmas Blake announced that we "need a fridge" to go with the play kitchen.  I just smiled and said "mmm-hmm, we sure do".  But it turns out the fridge is also a great place to stash babies.  Sometimes as I am tidying up, I find a baby or two taking a little nap in there ;-)

The boys and I also dyed playsilks for MaKenna.  Several of our playsilks had gone missing (I am afraid they accidentally made their way into a Goodwill box) and I knew this would be a fun and simple gift to make.  I had never dyed silks before, but I found a great tutorial here.  I purchased the 8mm silk scarves from Dharma Trading company.  This was such a great experience, we plan on dyeing more silks in the spring!

 One of the handmades I made for Kenna was a pair of flannel lined corduroy pants.  I am not going to lie and say this was a great experience...there was a few seam ripping, some naughty laungage, a fight or two with my machine, but two days of blood, sweat and tears and they were done!  My first pair of pants (or any garment) sewn by me!  I couldn't have done them without Kate's help.  She was able to show me how to actually get the flannel lining sewn into the pants correctly.  The pattern is her own based off of the reversible pants pattern in Handmade beginnings.  I think if I can get over the trauma of it all, I may make her another pair in the future.  They are pretty cute. 

 don't look too closely at that hem!  The cuff fabric reminded me of the sweet fabrics from my childhood.
 After seeing these snack boards here and here, I knew our kids would love to have one.  Daddy came up with each of the design and he did a fabulous job at matching them up with the kids' personality.  Blake loved his so much he said he didn't want to use it!  The fish is Blake's, the strawberry is Kenna's, the apple is Parker's and the watermelon is Jakey's.  He woodburned all the details and they are sealed with a food safe sealent.

I have one more post rounding out the last of the gifts and they are of all the mama knits! 


  1. The snack boards and fridge are adorable! Peter has some real talent. Kenna's pants turned out fine....the learning curve is very steep for sewing, and you'll find the next pair (and all those doll clothes we're making!) will be much, much easier.

    Great job on the playsilks....glad to hear it was a kid-friendly crafts....we're needing some more too.


  2. LOVE it all, Tanya! The pants came out beautifully- and that rosie fabric reminds me of my childhood too!