Gift Bags for Christmas

I mentioned this weekend that I was working on a few Christmas projects to list in my shop. I finished them on Sunday night, and even though it’s been cloudy for a couple days, I took pictures anyway. It gets harder and harder to take pictures of projects this time of year, as our daylight shrinks!

I made four stuff sacks in Christmas fabrics, which will make great gift bags. I improved my design on these stuff sacks by adding piping to the bottom, making them a little more sturdy and giving them a more finished look.

mezzanine stuff sack

The stuff sacks are 8.5 inches tall with a 5.5 inch flat bottom.

bottom of Christmas stuff sack

I also made six drawstring bags in Christmas fabrics, great for gift bags.

red drawstring bagI have a really nice variety of fabrics for these!

mezzanine drawstring bagAnd a nice variety of sizes, from 7.5 inch squares to 9.5 inch squares.

red-green drawstring bagThe best part of these gift bags is that they are reusable! You can put a gift in them, you can give them as a give, you can use them as a purse, and you can even use them as a travel bag to hold toiletries or dirty laundry inside your suitcase. I made TEN of them so be sure to stop by my little shop to see more pictures of these reusable gift bags!

Some of My Favorites

Yippee, it’s Saturday. My favorite day of the week!

post-fall yard

I have some vacation time that I have to start using up so I don’t lose it at the end of the year, so I took a day off on Friday and worked on some Christmas projects for my little shop. I savored each moment of my day off so much that I wasn’t as productive as I thought I would be, so my projects aren’t done enough to share final pictures yet. Soon, though.

Christmas stuff sacks

Today completes my NINTH week of working out! I started a new workout routine on September 14, with 20 minutes on the elliptical, 100 crunches, and 20 minutes of weight training three days a week, and here I am NINE weeks later, still going strong. My primary goal was to get in shape and tone up a bit. Now my clothes are a little bit looser (yay!), and I feel great to the point where I think I would be upset if I missed a workout day. (My knees are especially happy because I have rheumatoid arthritis and the best remedy is exercise.)

christmas drawstring bags-in progress

Another great thing about Saturday is my favorite tv show is on tonight. You may not know that I am a HUGE fan of Saturday Night Live. By the way, did anyone else watch last weekend’s show, with Taylor Swift as the host and musical guest? Her monologue was hilarious and her digital short, which was a spoof on Twilight, was even funnier. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to hyperventilate. I don’t know who the host is this week, but I am still looking forward to a few good laughs.

green arborvitae next to bare tree

Here’s to hoping you savor every moment of your Saturday!