Friday, November 09, 2007

Preparations 1

Is it just me, or are all these 'Handmade for the holidays' tutorials, lists and gorgeous finished items stressing anyone else out? Don't get me wrong, I love them, I'm inspired by them but I'm breaking out into a cold sweat.

I'm going to have to sit down and bite the bullet of a serious 'to do' list. Though I have done the little gifts for Mark's teachers. We decided on coasters for their breaktime cuppa.

So Mark drew a design for each of them.

We scanned it and printed it out on the computer in mirror image. Then it was easy to trace over it with a heat set embroidery transfer pencil (amending the odd spelling hiccup and too-tricky-to-sew design element) and transfer it to a piece of linen.

The idea was for Mark to do a bit of the sewing, but I was having too much fun with the red linen thread to share.

And then we used Amy's instructions from 'Bend the Rules Sewing' to turn them into coasters.

Hopefully they will prevent mug mix-ups at morning break. And at least one item on the list has a tick next to it!

35 comments:

driftwood said...

I know exactly what you mean, love the inspiration, but if I make everything I see it will be ready by Christmas 3007! love those coasters, they're great.

lina said...

I can't sleep at night as I've so many ideas - how sad is that? These are very sweet. Stop giving us more ideas ;]!

Dragonfly said...

I'm secretly cheering that now we're at secondary school, teachers gifts are a thing of the past! Is that too mean? The coasters are brilliant.

raspberry said...

Hells bells, I'd better get my arse in gear!!!!

caroline said...

the coasters are brilliant and fair play to you for getting started on gifts already. I think I may just stick my head in the sand and mutter "Christmas?, what Christmas?"

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness, I both love and hate you. Love because those are so very cool, and if I were a teacher (and here's hoping that never happens!) I would be so chuffed with that, and hate because I was the child at school who wore binbags on hallowe'en and gave lame presents, and I know how jealous those children must be of your sons right now!

Joanna Butchart said...

as you know oliver has only jsut started at school so i am new to the present giving thing but that is such a fantastic idea (I may just have to pinch it) well done you for being so organised

Bitterbetty said...

Clever Ali..
Those are nifty.

I was so over stimulated by the Handmade holidays thing but have settled down a smidge. thank goodness we are half Hanukka here so I can prioritize.

janet clare said...

Great idea for the teachers- sure they will love them!

Joe's teachers would love them too I'm sure but will be getting the usual bottle of wine I'm afraid!

Garden girl said...

As an ex kindergarten teacher I would have been DELIGHTED to have received one of your coasters- they really are fabulous. I also think its great that you are thinking of the childrens teachers- I know it will be greatly appreciated that you have so much thought into such original thankyou gifts as well.

dottycookie said...

Love those coasters, I may have to steal the idea. Though you are waaaaaay too organised!

And stress doesn't come close to how I feel about those lists today ...

Bev and Ollie "O" said...

that is such a sweet idea, I think the teacher will love these.

sarah said...

So thoughtful and beautifully executed- what lucky teachers.

Junie Moon said...

The coasters are a wonderful gift and the teacher will appreciate this special personalized gift.

I'm cranking out Christmas gifts right and left because I have to have all my husband's family gifts plus the 8 granchildren to take with us when we fly there next Friday. That's when his family exchanges gifts. We don't open them then but everyone trades packages and takes them back to their respective homes. It puts a lot of pressure on me the first two weeks of November as October is my Halloween celebratory month. December is a breeze in comparison.

meg said...

one down! congratulations. I've started a bunch, but that doesn't mean I'll finish any time soon. The teachers are going to be thrilled to get such beautiful and thoughtful gifts.

kirsty said...

Oh making all that handmade stuff is just WAY too much pressure. I'm letting my credit card do all the work and bashing it to death at etsy :)

Angel Jem said...

Good idea..... I usually run down the style of 'Nobody ever refuses a bottle of wine....'

monica said...

Pressure? I'm with you.

Too much. And it's not even December yet. I've done 1 Xmas present and am trying not to panic. I'm failing at that.

I think the teachers will get something unsold from the stall... That's ok, isn't it?

Leslie said...

What a wonderful idea. Those turned out great!

The List Writer said...

What great coasters - you could wrap up a recipe for Cold Brewed Coffee to go with them!!

Lisa said...

Hey they're really really cool! Mark is also very talented; must run in the family :)

Florence said...

Ooh, they look gorgeous! I must do that with my children for grandparenty presents.

Dallas said...

What a great gift - I love that you were able to incorporate his drawings.

erin said...

very very cute!

and yes, i am getting stressed by just the thought of all the things i want to make. :)

julie said...

Well done for a brilliant joint effort - they look wonderful and I bet they'll really be treasured. I wasn't really in christmas mode before I popped in here but now I'm thinking I better get my thinking cap on!

Christie said...

LOVE the coasters, they look fab, great pressie. I think
I need to make my christmas sewing list & get sewing!

Cathy said...

What a fabulous idea - they look great. I have no idea what to make/ give this year. I can't think beyond the next day at the moment, so christmas is going to sneak up on me and I'll be panicking in the last week as per usual!
Cathy XX

Lesley said...

What a lovely idea! Teacher's presents are always tricky. May just have to 'borrow' your coasters!! I do of course need to make more things ;o)

nuttnbunny said...

You are a goddess.

Jox said...

blimey, I know what you mean. I'm having enough trouble getting from one day to the next. Loving the coasters.

syko kajsa said...

I LOVE your teacher coasters!!! Great cooperation! I am making loads of stuff for the fairs I'm going to so I guess when I'm ready for my own Christmas very late in December I don't want to see a glimpse of my own handmade stuff anymore. So I'd better just go off etsy shopping instead... :)

tiel said...

thanks. see you've inspired me now.

perfect presents for teachers.

life in yonder said...

Lovely coasters! I need to get kids soon so they can draw me some embroidery patterns. Perhaps my nephew will do :-)

Amy said...

Yes - I do know what you mean. You've got an amazing start - these are fantastic. That donut is perfect!

AndreaLea said...

Wonderful! I love this!
Thanks so much for sharing. :)