Monday, November 12, 2012

Homemade Holiday Toy Exchange

Although I am very tempted to do a 100% handmade holiday this year, there are simply a few things we need to replenish our supplies on such as stockmar beeswax block crayons and watercolors, and a few holiday books I would like to add to our collection, so sadly we won't be 100% handmade this year.  Although I do want to focus heavily on handmade items which inspired me to host my first Handmade Holiday Toy Exchange.   So far I have nine other Mamas signed up, we are going to split up into groups of 3.   Each Mama will craft 2 toys to exchange with their group mates.  

I started working on my toys today.  I needle felted some pine trees and made a little winter gnome.  I think I am going to either knit a snowflake pocket necklace or make one from felt for the little gnomes to hide in.  I'll post more pictures when I am done, but could not resist despite our 78 degrees today setting up a little winter scene for my gnome to play in.
Waiting for his dwarf friends to arrive

Enjoying the company of the dwarfs.  (and a back view)
Thank you Wee Folk Art for the pattern that inspired my wonderland gnomes.

A few more gnomes came to join the party

I wonder what the topic of conversation is....


  1. What a great idea! I wish I had time to complete everything before Christmas..but I know I won't!

  2. I love those gnomes. I wish I had time to join your handmade group. Maybe it will happen next year (if you do it again).

  3. Thank you guys so much! I too am feeling the holiday crunch! I had planned on making both of the little ones knit blankets, now I am 2/3 done with the first one I am wondering if there is going to be enough time....I wish I could pause time!