Holiday Gifting Damage Control

Are you like I am? Do you like to make things for people and give them as gifts for a holiday occasion? But do you sometimes fall short of your projected gift list goals?

When the holiday got really close, I narrowed my to-do list down to 2 basic things: shopping bags and dish towels. I still fell short…

Mostly because of this little number…which by the way, is a fabric remnant project. Another Kwik Sew shopping bag.

Snow White shopping bag

the diabolical Snow White bag

In retrospect, I can see where the red flags should have driven me back, but I was very distracted. A lot of things happened that I didn’t expect.

Red flag #1: the embroidery was too big for the pattern piece.
Red flag #2: the embroidery was too complicated for the design and function of the item.
Red flag #3: my available time was cut short when people dropped by and I was asked to do things I hadn’t planned, so I set the embroidery going and left it to go and do other things…

So that I ended up with a finished embroidery that is a poster child for what NOT to do.

Snow White machine embroidery

the puckered and distorted embroidery

The complex, busy, heavy embroidery was no match for the thin cotton center panel of the shopping bag, even with a sturdy tear-away stabilizer underneath. When finished, the shopping bag fabric was considerably drawn-up and needed some adjustments if the pattern pieces were ever going to fit together. I had to add extra fabric and cobble it together with some stitching. The straps went on a little crooked and covered some of the thick embroidered flowers, but what else was there to do? Aargh, some of the fabric ended up not exactly on the straight of the grain. I was in a hurry and it shows. Sigh. But the recipient will still get it (in January!) and she can decide whether or not she thinks it is too shoddy to use! I think she can use it for something though, as she loves anything Snow White.

Here are some shots of other holiday things that (in retrospect) seem a bit weird or short of their mark:

deflated Santa

Bad Santa, lying on the neighbor’s lawn sleeping

under the Christmas tree pic

Grayzie, hiding from Psycho Granny Claus, who’s holding her candle upside-down

Nativity set

tiny crystal Nativity Scene overseen by a giant cardinal that is the wrong color

religious decoration

Madonna and Child with large turtle over a brass buddha

A little eccentric, perhaps, but I have room for all.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 23:32:04

    Hey! It is snowing all over your blog again. The bag is still cute despite the miscalculations. However Santa laying down on the job – not good and Psycho Granny Clause is still a step above Giant Yellow Cardinal and the turtle looks a bit hungry but the Buddha takes the prize. Eclectic Christmas decor!

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  2. jenyjenny
    Dec 29, 2013 @ 08:29:32

    We nicknamed her Psycho Granny because she’s gotten a bit disheveled-looking over the many years she’s spent in a box in the attic: crooked spectacles, wild hair, and when you plug in the cord to an outlet, she waves her candle up and down like Janet Leigh’s assailant in the shower at Bates Motel….

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  3. Gussie
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:56:22

    Haha! This is one of my favorite posts…I showed this to Spencer and told him that all you guys need is a Buddha and what do you know there is a buddha sitting in the last pic! We both cracked up. This is awesome.

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  4. jenyjenny
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 13:05:13

    My dad claimed to be a Buddhist, but my son tells me that was an Army thing…I think the giant yellow cardinal is the weirdest! Especially if you add a flame there, it’s got a votive candle inside. The flickering flame makes it borderline menacing…

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  5. caityrosey
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 14:01:56

    Love bad Santa. Hah hah.

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