For the first year in a long time, I started my Christmas shopping and brainstorming early. This is partly due to the fact that I started designing crochet Christmas items like the ornaments above a few weeks ago in an attempt to fill my shop early with new products. Apparently, people DO start their shopping early, i.e., I’ve been crocheting like crazy!


Etsy is a fun place to virtually inhabit when the holidays roll around, and yesterday I got a really nice message from a fellow seller named Angel, who blogged about my ornaments. She has a fantastic shop that stocks screen-printed and painted clothing, bags, etc.


And since I jumped on the Buy Handmade pledge bandwagon, I might have to drop some moulah on a fabulous screenprinted bag of hers. This year, I will be giving a combination of gifts handmade by myself as well as others, as opposed to last year where I hand made ALL of my Christmas presents, which consisted mainly of cookies and knitted items. (Honing my craft skills while being broke paid off!)


It is pretty overwhelming and yet exciting that at this time last year I hadn’t even learned how to crochet, and this year the above and below goodies are in transit to people all over the country as well as on the shelves of a store in London.