[One of the reasons why I love making and giving handmade holiday gifts is purely selfish: it provides blog post fodder well into the New Year.]
With a mind towards frugality and sustainability - and an awareness that exchanging no gifts at all, well, sucks - E and I agreed to exchange something small and handmade at Christmas. (I can't wait to share the gift I received once it's hung in the rightful place.)
Old Navy had long sleeved crew necks on sale for $5, the little owl pattern was waiting in a file, and the embroidery floss was stashed in the appropriate basket. The only missing element was time to sit and stitch. In a season of so much making and baking, celebrating and working it's easy to get overwhelmed. To relax and breathe is essential. To force some decompression and create a bit of productivity my sister-in-law and I started what I hope becomes an annual tradition: a romantic movie, a bottle of wine, and our unfinished projects.
And here is the final result. A soft winter shirt featuring a snowy little owl. It's not as bold or as complicated as the other one I made for him, but that's OK. He wears it often; I love seeing it in the laundry basket, in the kitchen on burrito night, on him.