For Mom + Dad (and my married siblings):
Earlier this year, I did some design work for one of my photographer friends Kristi. (Check out her amazing work at kristialysephoto.com.) Instead of charging her for my work, we did a trade! I designed her logo, business cards, and website in exchange for a family photo shoot. She did my whole family and my married siblings' small families.
Then I printed the family photos, framed them, and gave them to my siblings.
My Teenage Sisters:
I have to admit, the teenagers were the hard ones this year. I was inspired to make their gift one Saturday a few weeks before Christmas while cleaning out my closet. I had these awesome t-shirts that didn't fit me anymore but I couldn't build up the courage to just throw them away. So I was thinking about ways that I could recycle these pillows and give them to my sisters... That's when I thought about pillows!
I just cut out a square section form the t-shirt, turned it inside out, sewed around the edges, stuffed with cotton stuffing, and sewed up the stuffing hole. It only took about 10 minutes per pillow!
Here are a few more pics of pillows I made for kids I babysit and my boyfriend! The best part about these pillows are how soft they are.
My Whovian 6 year old sister:
My 6 year old sis is OBSESSED with Doctor Who! So this year I decided to create her a screen printed TARDIS poster.
A few years ago I created a London is Calling screenprint. I wanted to reuse one of the layers form this screenprint to create the TARDIS. Unfortunately, once I printed the TARDIS layer, it didn't line up with the London is Calling layer... so instead of just scrapping the project, I hand painted the missing layer. Then I framed it!
The Tweens I Babysit:
I've been babysitting Sarah and Natalie for over 6 years!! Last year I gave them home made aprons and they LOVED THEM! So this year I had to do something better. I knew that these girls had a few family vacations planned this year so I tried to think of something they could use on vacation.
After lots of thinking, I decided it would just be best to give them travel bags of just fun things. I should have made the travel bags but I found these ones and thought that they were just too perfect!!
I filled their bags with fuzzy socks, hair chalk, nail polish, candy, and home made hair elastics!
I have a few more gifts that I made so I will be posting more soon!! Enjoy!!