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Christmas is coming

Posted by  ·  September 1, 2008  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

I don’t want to scare anyone but Christmas is just over 100 days away.

My mind is racing with all the things I want to make.  If you want to share ideas of what you are making please send me and e-mail. So I will start the first day of our handmade gift extravaganza off with a printable gift organizer.  I hope you will find it helpful.

2008 Handmade Holiday Planner

Each year I try to think of meaningful useful gifts that I can make.  Many times it just doesn’t work out.  I always say I will start in January —well that didn’t work this year. So now I am starting in September.   Will you join me?


  1. Bobbie
    Friday, September 5th, 2008
    we have a thing called christmas in july in australia (when it is actually cold ;) so I did a few posts in july on advent ideas, gift ideas, food ideas etc

    scroll down here to find some - if you are interested

  2. Cindy
    Thursday, September 4th, 2008
    Great idea to get started now! Thanks for motivating me!

    I love your blog and am glad I came across you. Will be back again soon.
  3. Thursday, September 4th, 2008
    Right up my alley!
  4. Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
    The planner is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I have to get a wriggle on with my plan to make everyone in my family something handmade for Christmas.
  5. d
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Thank you thank you thank you! I can't wait to learn your ideas and get cracking on this season!
  6. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    you. are. awesome.

    i swore i was going to start christmas stuff on spring break. i definitely need to start this month though!!!
  7. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Wow thank you for the reminder. Great idea to start early and I'm looking forward to some fun ideas!
  8. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Oh yay! so pleased you are doing this... I have big plans for handmade gifts this year and have already begun making plans and collecting supplies... can't wait to read your awesome ideas!
  9. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Totally with you, Cindy. Every year I say I'm going to start January 1st (or December 26th, actually) and make gifts *all* year long, but it just fizzles out. Okay. So I'm going to go all gangbusters now, thanks for the push!
  10. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Hey, I am on the same page as you!! Sounds great, there can never be enough time to get ready for one of the best times of year!! Thanks! I will be checking back often and participating too. I find that if I have a few really GOOD ideas it saves me from going crazy that last month trying to MAKE stuff for all of my family and everybody else for that matter. I need to keep it simple, easy and handmade. OOO that sounded a little like Sandra Lee, yucky:)
  11. julie
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Great idea! Thanks so much! I will be checking in daily! Happy crafting! Julie
  12. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    I just found your blog, and I'm so glad I did! To try to save a little money and avoid just swapping gift cards, I'm going to try making a large portion of my gifts this year. I can't wait to see what you have to share. I love your homemade holiday planner, too. That will be so helpful! Thanks for all of your great ideas!
  13. Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    Ok, I'm in. I've been thinking about Christmas too. I feel so crazy, but my mind is swimming with ideas. Plus, I've been making a lot of things for my kids latly and thinking that maybe I should be saving them for Christmas. Or, I think of someone else to make one for and save. So, I'm going to be making some of these no-sew tutus for the little gals in my life.

  14. Lisa
    Monday, September 1st, 2008
    I think this is a great idea, and you always have such wonderful crafting ideas to boot!

    Still waiting on the update to the crayon roll closure! :-)
  15. Sandy Flemer
    Monday, September 1st, 2008
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!
  16. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    Oh, I love this! GREAT idea!!
  17. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    Adorable idea!
  18. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    wonderful idea! i'm always on the look out for new ideas for things to make for the holidays. you've provided many awesome ideas for me in the past and so i know that i can count on you! thank you so much for being a creative source of inspiration to so many of us!
  19. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    I *will* join you! My plans are always way too grand; I'm hoping to keep it realistic this year and still make some great gifts. Maybe we can all keep each other on track!
  20. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    Thanks for the Christmas reminder. I will be making zipper pouches and putting gift cards in them for teachers and friends. I also will make personalized clipboards, monogrammed key chains, and I will attempt to make some zipper wristlets.

    So thats a start.

  21. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    What a great idea! I've downloaded it and will start tomorrow! It's just what I needed to get me thinking creatively again.
  22. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    I'm usually like you...best intentions but not executed well. Though I do alot of after christmas day sales and such. This year I got on the ball and am almost done totally with handmade gifts for everyone. Even started planning for next year (2009)! I know you hate me know but I share too! =)
  23. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    Great Idea. I've printed off a few so I can get my stuff together early. Thanks!
  24. Monday, September 1st, 2008
    Great idea!! A friend and I started a handmade holidays blog at the beginning of July - we've both had some unexpected happenings this summer so we haven't been able to do as much as we had planned... but slowly we're adding content. I am going to do a post about YOU!