Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Tuesday Talk-Time : DIY Presents
I love homemade presents. Two of my favorite gifts ever are from my sister. One is a binder full of knitting patterns. Another is a recipe book she made me with favorites from our childhood plus others that she really likes. I know it took her a lot of time to put them together, and I use them all the time. She also knits me socks every year, so I can keep my toesies warm while I'm writing in the winter. Socks are one of those things I don't knit. I know I should, but they're her specialty so I leave it to her.
As far as the knitting, it's no secret that I'm a slow knitter. When my husband and I were dating nearly 25 years ago (oh my word), I knit him a sweater for our first Christmas together. I started it in late September. I finished it on December 23rd, I think, when the sock-knitting sister helped me stitch in the sleeves.
Sometimes the presents I do aren't even really homemade, but they're put together into a "collection". Like a few years ago when I did Christmas baskets for everyone. Books, wine, coffee, ornaments, little doodads...all in a basket wrapped in cellophane with a big bow. That was fun.
I know it's only October, but since I tend to be ambitious and, well, slow, I've been slowly putting things together for a while now.
How about you? Are you a one stop shopper or do you like making presents? And how about receiving homemade gifts? Yes or no?
Donna's next release is THE COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS FAMILY, out on November 6, and the next book in her Gibson, Montana series. You can get the previous book, THE COWBOY'S HOMECOMING, for 0.99 or less for a limited time! Check out all the latest one her website at www.DonnaAlward.com.