Thursday, November 19, 2009

Loose Ends


I'm working on some Christmas Stockings for a neighbor. She's done all the hard work and I'm just stitching up the foot on both of them (side note: if you decide to search google images for retro stockings so you won't have to shoot a photo to post, be sure to add the word Christmas, first. Trust me).

I'm also finishing up this pattern in matching raspberry colored dresses for two of my new nieces. They're all done except for buttons. Button, button who's got the button? Why is it always the little things that trip me up? I vow to finish these AND send them before Thanksgiving.

I took Michelle for her first eyebrow waxing tonight (only $5) and my mom thinks she's far too young (side note: I've NEVER had my own brows waxed). This daughter's brows tend to be rather full and she has a tweezers phobia, hence the waxing. It was no big deal although thinking about it very nearly gave her an ulcer. Her brows are still full, but have now been tamed. Thoughts?

I am seriously considering instituting a global hand-made Christmas, meaning that all gifts this year (for friends, extended and immediate family) will be hand-made. This means I had better get busy. I want to make mittens and matching hats for my nieces, a scarf for my sister, and a hat for her hubby. I'd like to make socks for everyone in my family because nothing beats a scrumptious pair of socks in the winter (maybe I'm going too far and should tuck a gift card in each pair so they don't feel completely gypped). It's too late to make (and finish) the blankets for my mom and mother-in-law, so tell me is an IOU too tacky?

I feel like I'm caving to commercialism whenever I buy a gift, but when I don't I feel like I've cheated them out of their due. Thoughts?

10 comments:

Elizabeth-W said...

http://the-exponent.com/2009/11/18/the-young-women-program-and-the-emphasis-on-beauty-lessons-in-makeup/

Saw this post and it reminded me of this other one.

Heffalump said...

An IOU can be okay if you actually finish it. For my birthday one year my Mom gave me an IOU and the fabric to make me a quillow. Yeah, she still has it. That was about 22 years ago.
I have no experience with waxing of any kind. D's sister just basically totally removes her eyebrows and then pencils them in. I think she looks like Ronald McDonald.

Kalli Ko said...

I will say this with much conviction coming from personal experience,
you are never too young for an eyebrow wax

Here's the thing, my handmaking skills are limited to headbands and burp cloths.

Are you a knitter or a crocheter? I'm asking because I need lessons. Like quick. Because I want to make gloves and hats for those I love. For Christmas. HELP! Can I buy a book?

Mrs. Organic said...

Knitter - and the best way to learn is to have someone show you. Scarves and hats would whip up in a jiffy. The gloves? Not so much.

Join Ravelry.com there are all kinds of free patterns on there that are graded by their ease/difficulty. I'd love to help you out, just call or email me.

Mrs. Organic said...

ew - thanks for that link, I loved Azucar's response and I had a similar experience.

heff - good point. I still haven't received delivery on a wedding IOU from a close family member (and it's been almost 19 years). I shall finish.

Kimberly said...

Re: The eyebrows. I have large unruly brows myself and have overplucked them to the point that I look decidedly odd. MUCH better to pay a professional to take care of them properly!

Loralee and the gang... said...

I used to think that gift cards were caving, but once I had teenagers, they became essential, since I hate buying things they don't like!
:~D

Anonymous said...

I think if the thought counts than dang you are winning first prize. I could never even think of trying to make and accomplish any of those things. You really are amazing. I also want to see a picture of the before and after brow wax. I hope they didn't wax the top. I heard you are not supposed to mess with the top line only the bottom. Kel

Mrs. Organic said...

Bottom line only and she looks completely natural and not at all like someone has messed with her brows.

Shawn said...

You are amazing!! I always think that I want to do that----do some painting, or something for my loved ones---but I end up running out of time---yes---time and I seem to have a problem....