A (mostly) handmade Christmas

At some point this month I realized I had no shopping to do because my house was already filled with lovely handmade gifts. Usually I run to the store at least 3 times before I leave town for something or other, and regret it every time. This time, the only thing I shopped for was a book I needed to read for my book club. And I had a 40 percent off coupon. 🙂

In return I received some really wonderful gifts. L’Occitane green tea perfume (my favorite!) and a gift certificate for a facial which I’m so looking forward to. From family, mostly cash and gift cards which are always welcomed in my book. From my dad, a Breville juicer and a mondo huge vegetarian cookbook. Can’t wait to crack it open and share the results with you. Ooh, ooh and a subscription to Real Simple. This was an awesome Christmas, no?

This was also a good time for me to start evaluating what I will sell in 2009. I have so many ideas swirling around — if only there were enough time and money to pursue them all. But because the knitwear was so popular I will definitely be adding some new pieces and altering some of my prices. I’ve got some adorable new mugs and jars that I will fill with new candles, and I will continue to carry the thumb tacks and magnets made with rescued fabrics. One thing I learned (and I intend to blog in the future about more seller’s lessons learned) is that I have to be really picky about each item I make, because if I don’t love it I can’t expect anyone else to. And certainly not to whip out their wallet and pay for it.

Just thinking about it makes me giddy. I can’t wait to get started.