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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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