For those who are looking for some craft ideas and how-to's for Christmas gifts or decorations, here are some of my related posts and articles.
Get Spicy: Here is a step-by-step of the fragrant decorations we made for our tree in 2011.
Quick and Easy Garland and Easy Crochet Garland: Two versions of a spiral crochet garland with contrasting edging.
Temari: This is a link to a series of posts, which you will find in reverse order. These step-by-step posts were done in 2011 using 3 inch cores, but they can be made in a variety of sizes - our Christmas tree has them in 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch cores. They make great gifts as well as decorations.
Christmas Sachets: These step-by-step decorations go back to 2008 (posts are in reverse order). We don't have many left, but their scent still lingers.
Apple Cinnamon Cookie-cutter decorations: These were our 2009 decorations. You'll find the step-by-step to make them in Part One, then finish them in Part Two.
Eight Point Star ornaments: these yarn wrapped ornaments are fast, easy and addictive!
Plastic Canvas ornaments: A step-by-step for two different plastic canvas shapes.
Crochet Covered Christmas ornaments: A free pattern.
Christmas Light Luminaries: Step-by-step instructions to modify a string of Christmas lights, these can be used all year, by just wrapping them with seasonal garlands.
Hand Crafted Gift Ideas:
3 Hour Crochet Cowl: A free pattern for a simple cowl, with ideas for modifications.
Simple Lap Blanket: Another free crochet pattern.
Salt Jar Luminaries: A step-by-step for candle luminaries.
A Pot of Roses: These everlasting flowers will be sure to bring cheer to a loved one!
Gift Idea Product, Move and Book Reviews:
Over at Squidoo, writers have been given quest challenges to do reviews on various themes. Here are some of mine that might inspire some gift-giving ideas.
Endhiran (Robot) Movie Review
Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Disney's Missing Princess
Star Wars Original Trilogy - Unaltered
For the Well Rounded Crocheter - Plus Size Crochet
The Philosopher's Kitchen, for the Historical Foodie
Wabash Familiy Farms Popcorn Maker
Recipes to Enjoy:
Making Chevre de Provence (you'll need to start these a week before you need them)
Christmas Goose step-by-step, Part One, Part Two, Part Three