I didn't make any handmade gifts this year. I gave other people's handmades. Handmade gifting does not have to mean DIY. Isn't that lovely?
But for my kids it's all about handmade and DIY. Crafting is what they do.
Here's a few photos of the gifts they gave each other this Christmas.
Céline was busy sewing for most of the month of December. (She had a clay chess set commission she was doing in November, which I hope to post about sometime.)
A doggy/purse combination for Brienne. Céline made the dog for herself years ago but re-vamped it a bit, sewed a bag to go with it and gifted it to her sister.
Céline sewed a stuffed animal for Laurent, a weasel specifically. The Mustelid family are Laurent's favorite animals. He loves his Céline original weasel.
Laurent made jewelry for Céline and I and this jewelry tree for Brienne.
Not photographed are the chocolates Brienne made for everyone. We used this recipe (with a lot more honey than called for) and they were an absolute hit. Brienne packaged everyone's chocolates in these baggies she bought herself. It was so sweet.
If you like good quality chocolates and want to make some (Valentine's Day?) this is where I bought the cocoa butter.
Some of you have expressed an interest in Céline's dollmaking and want us to write a post about it. We'd like to do that post as Q&A. You ask the questions and we'll answer them. If you have questions you'd like answered - favorite sites, patterns, how she got started, etc. - please ask them in the comments and we'll put together a post with the answers.