Gifty 2011

What a whirlwind- I can’t believe it’s already December! I’ve been thinking about holiday shopping and trying to ride the fine line between being thoughtful, giving something that people will use, and not necessarily playing into the consumerism of the season. Buying handmade is one way I like to do this.  🙂

Below you’ll find some ideas I had, some of what my friends are doing, and some fun ideas/tutorials I found and hope to give a shot 🙂 I’d love to hear about what you’re doing for friends and loved ones for the holidays too- please comment below!

First, exciting things are happening in my studio, at La Vie en Orange! Home screen printing is starting to be successful, and I’ve been printing two fun new motifs:

Is that Rudolph?

Make a statement!

Both motifs are available in multiple sizes and colors in my Etsy shop. The Christmas shipping deadline for in-stock items is December 18, but the custom order deadline is coming up- December 9 🙂  (I’m also still looking for fit models for sizes 0, 2, 16, 18, and 20.  Learn more here. 🙂  And through the end of 2011, for every pair of Upitees purchased, I’m sending a pair to a women’s shelter in the purchaser’s region to help make more merry.  Learn more here.)

A couple of my Etsy friends are doing some really fun things too. Adiya from Buligaia makes the cutest holiday decorations and stocking stuffers.  I love how all of her owls have their own stories:

“This is RudOWLph, he’s a ballet dancer at the Royal ballet academy. His biggest roll at the ballet academy was Drosselmeyer’s nephew, the cursed Nutcracker from the famous “Nutcracker” ballet. Ironically, RudOWLph is allergic to nuts, but still loves the Nutcracker costume.”

Keep the nuts away!

This one was so cute, we had to snatch RudOWLph up!  🙂  And I’m thinking about whether some of these pin cushions/key chains might not be a great gift for some fledgling sewers I know 🙂

Cutest pin cushions ever!

Another Etsy friend, Rachel at One True Mango, has been felting up a storm lately!  I really like the bold colors she’s using in these fun felted ornaments:

So bold!

Necktie + shirt = super cute

Homemade White Wine and Tarragon Mustard


And then there’s your not-so-average DIY Christmas.  Do you ever make gifts for folks?

I fell in love with this necktie ruffle tutorial from another Etsyian, McKell, I found on Pinterest (do you use Pinterest?  I just started, but fear I’ll be combating addiction soon…). But I’m not telling who it’s for!  🙂




And last but not least! What about the boys in my life? I’m thinking about getting in the kitchen and making yumminess: Homemade white wine and tarragon mustard (we’re doing a test batch tomorrow!).

Seattle’s local food co-op, the PCC, sent out a recent newsletter with this idea.  Yum!  🙂

Do you ever make and share food at the holidays?

I’d love to hear your thoughts about these ideas, and anything ideas or gift go-tos you have.  Please leave a comment below!  xoxo


About La Vie en Orange

I've been sewing since I was 4. Grandma started teaching me with Barbie and pot holder loops. Barbie had a lot of neon tube tops and mini skirts that season. :) Soon I was taking lessons and making pillows, shorts, pajama pants. Meanwhile I was flexing my entrepreneurial muscles selling homemade necklaces and hair bows at school. Fast -forward 20(!) years, and here I am. So excited to be selling eco-friendly undies and sharing my something special with the world! Thanks for stopping by! :)
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8 Responses to Gifty 2011

  1. Thank you dear kori 🙂
    you’re great!


  2. Amanda R says:

    Wonderful screen print motifs! I am making several things this year: DIY Ispy jars for some kiddos…tutus :)….shopping bags that fold up and button….maybe a cute wristlet! Coincidentally, it’s a little unnerving how fast December is moving…

    • Amanda! That all sounds so exciting- thanks for sharing! I spy jars sound way cool- what does that entail?

      • Amanda R says:

        It’s super easy! You can buy them pre-made, but you just take a jar/container you have already (hot glue it shut when you’re done), some rice (I think I’m going to dye the rice to make it more challenging), and then some small items for the kids to find as they turn the jar. I had the idea to also put in small photos of all the kids and parents too….because what do kids love finding more than themselves!

      • That sounds so cool! Thanks for the how-to! It definitely sounds like something fun to share with the little ones! 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    Hiya! Thanks for the shout-out 🙂 Also, I got my adorable upitees in the mail, I just put em through the wash and am gonna do one more trial day before I fill out my survey.

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