Now that it’s November, I’m seeing holiday decorations and talk of holiday preparation everywhere. I even walked into one store that had Christmas carols playing on November first! A bit early for Christmas music, in my opinion, but I don’t think planning ahead for the holidays is a bad idea, especially if you plan to make some of your gifts. If you don’t regularly read Sew, Mama, Sew! I suggest you check it out. For the month of November, each day will be dedicated to different types of handmade gifts you can make, with links to great tutorials. Even if you aren’t planning to make your holiday gifts, this will be a great crafty resource.
And while we’re talking about handmade and the holidays, have you seen the Buy Handmade pledge yet? Sponsored by a bunch of crafty, handmade-oriented web sites, like Etsy and Craftster, Buy Handmade is a promise to buy handmade for the holidays and request that others do the same for you. If you wonder why you should bother to do that, you can read up on “why buy handmade?” Even if you don’t want to make the pledge, you may want to think about incorporating something handmade into your holidays, simply because of the extra care and love that goes into it. Especially if you’ve made it yourself. I know that not all of my holiday gifts will be handmade, but I will be making some and those will probably be some of the best gifts I give.