Are you done? I confess, I’m not. I make most of my gifts and buy handmade for the majority of the rest, which can be slow, but rewarding going. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my Midday Faire swap buddy’s gift tonight (no pictures until she gets it!) and am taking a few minutes to put some items in my store and give you a little bit of a roadmap if, like me, you are looking for some last minute handmade gifts to purchase.
On Thursday at noon, I’m having a small stocking here. You can see previews now and purchase items anytime after Thursday at noon.
There is a special set — four skeins of yarn that I dyed, envisioning a Clapotis or small shawl. It is pictured both reskeined and as dyed so you can get a good idea of how the colors blend. The yarn is a lovely silk/wool blend in the Evangeline colorway. Enough said.
I’ve also listed playsilks — they come gift wrapped and with the addition of a handmade tag I will write your message on. If you aren’t familiar with playsilks, they are one of those toys that encourages children to play with their imaginations. Big, billowing squares of habotai silk, hand-dyed in beautiful colors. Children love them. Adults secretly covet them. They make fabulous and reasonably priced gifts, and best of all, I’ll do all the work for you and put them in the mail. Phew. Relief.
You can find more great gifts on my main site, www.elliebelly.com, where I have art, journals, and handpainted clothing along with yarn and playsilks. There is a bit more yarn in my Etsy shoppe.
If you are looking for practical art, stop in at Collage Congo — where a number of artists have combined forces to stock their handmade goods. Seriously, I’m only telling you about this because my own shopping is done, but Collage has everything from handmade stockings to altered art ornaments. Collage is beyond cool — if you are a fan of Karen Owen’s art, her quilted bags are incredible, especially the knitting bags (hint, hint honey, if you’re reading this) and Jennifer Roth Burnette’s batiks are delicate and ethereal. If you’ve taken the handmade pledge or if you’re thinking about it, Collage is a great place to carry out your intentions!