Thanks for the well wishes all week long. I haven't been getting back to comments or emails in the past few days, so please accept this as a collective thank you. Sending some love right back atcha.
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Despite the coughing and cuddling and fevering going on over here, a few projects have amazingly found their way to completion. As of last night I have actual gifts to wrap. I am delirious. Lupine's big gift is finally done (!) as is Sage's. And they are cuter than I ever imagined. Just a few more loose ends and I'm home free.
Normally we wrap in playsilks that we dye in kool aide, but this year we are low on silks (having given them all away as gift wrap last year). So I needed a new plan. Inspired by Amanda's recent post on quick gift bags, I dug into my fabric stash and stitched up a few of these just before midnight. The bags pictured above were made from a thirfted vintage skirt, and I have a stash of vintage polka dots and other coordinating fabrics on hand to make a sweet collection of all sizes. I'm thinking one pattern per person (most years each child gets 3 or 4 small handmade or second hand gifts. I've strayed from that a teensy bit this year, but that's our m.o.)
You will also notice that the gifts are not under our tree, but on our bed. When Sage was little I realized that gifts under the tree for more than 10 minutes equated to some form of medieval torture to him, so we've always kept them stashed until Solstice eve. Just this morning he suggested that we "wrap fake presents" and put them under the tree. "They'll look nice and I won't be tempted to open them!"
So back into the closet they go (his anyway) until next week.