Reflection on a Handcrafted Holiday

Greetings! I apologize for being a tad behind on this, but I hope you had a blessed holiday season and a wonderful new year. It has been far too long since I last wrote, but I had a handcrafted holiday so I have been a bit sidetracked since Thanksgiving. Handcrafted holiday meaning I made most of the gifts I gave.

Please don’t take that as a complaint. I loved every minute of it. Looking back now, I wish I had taken photos of those handcrafted holiday gifts. Four afghans, a pair of fingerless gloves, a necklace, and a pair of earrings filled the list. There were also jars of homemade raspberry jam (made with raspberries from our garden) and a few loaves of homemade bread thrown in there for good measure. Other than the bread and jam, all of the handcrafted gifts were wrapped in handmade gift bags (please see my post here (Holiday Memories) to find out about my handmade gift bags).

As I made these things, I couldn’t help but think of how much fun I have making things for people. I often think of the recipient as I am making the item, which makes the process more enjoyable. I think of their reaction when they see the item (I love surprising people), and I think of how they will use the item. I think of how pretty the recipient will look in their new jewelry, or I imagine them wrapped up in their new afghan reading a book.

The trouble with making so many items for Christmas gifts is I am now finding myself longing to work on more projects. I feel as though I should be working on something every evening. To calm this feeling, I recently placed an order for some basic metal supplies. I will combine these with inventory I already have in an attempt to not only make more jewelry pieces, but to also use up as much of my inventory as possible. That’s the difficulty of running this jewelry business sometimes. I hate having inventory, especially unused materials, sitting and waiting to be used. This can be a good thing though because I have limited myself to buying as few items as possible until I use up all or almost all of my inventory. This is helpful because it encourages me to become more creative as I figure out ways of using materials that were leftover from various projects.

Here are a few photos of pieces I recently created:

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Hopefully, over the next few weeks I will have more to share with you.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope to see you around here more often as I start to get back into the groove of writing again.