Making Handmade & Buying Handmade for the Holidays

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Thursday 10 November 2011 at 12:20 pm

I am determined to do my best to make as many gifts this year as possible, but I know I can’t make something for everyone. Time is one factor, but the other is that there are only so many things I know how to make and not everyone likes or needs those things. My husband is at the top of that list. While he appreciates my crafting, he is not in dire need of a knit hat, for example. I did make him one about a year ago, but he wears it probably 2 days a year when we get into the 30s. Otherwise, it just never gets cold enough for him to wear it.

So when I can’t make the gift, I do my best to try to find items that other people make. This year, I am resurrecting (or perhaps repeating is a better term) a previous gift for my husband, a painted pet story board from Lorene Prell Studios. I bought one of these a number of years ago when we had our previous pet menagerie, and he loved it. Plus, now that they have all passed over the rainbow bridge, it is a wonderful keepsake.

Now I just need to pick out some decent photos. I took a few today of the dog boys, who can really be tough to photograph. Here is one of Rocky-Booboo, which I am very happy with. I managed to get him to sit still because I had a dog snack in my hand.

This is a cute one of Jasper, but he has those darn red eyes! She may still be able to use this if I tell her that his eyes are yellow/brown, not red! This boy loves to lounge on the couch (which I have to keep covered with sheets because of this!)

I still have to come up with a few more gift ideas for him because his birthday is in late January too, but this will definitely be one gift I know he will love.


  1. Comment by Terry — November 10, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    I use Picasa to get the red out…a easy free edit download

  2. Comment by Eileen — November 11, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Tammy, I’d be happy to fix the red eye for you. What a great gift idea! We are dog lovers too. Just e-mail me.

    Have you seen my rhyming version of “The Rainbow Bridge”?

    I get teary-eyed every time I read it. Sniff ..

  3. Comment by Tammy — November 11, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    You are so sweet, Eileen! I’m sending it to you right now.

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