24 December, 2010

The Best Gifts Are Homemade

I created this very distinctive pair of socks for my daughter-in-law. She loves socks that don't match. Once a month I disinfect my front-loading washer by running it empty with 1/3 C of bleach and a hot water rinse. I was folding the clothes from the dryer when I discovered only one gray sock. "oh, no" "oh, how great!" I thought. Yep... that disinfecting cycle wasn't empty after all, and the "missing" sock was no longer gray with black and white flowers, it will live out the rest of it's life as a beige sock with brown and white blooms. I am so clever. Is it any less of a homemade gift if it was created accidentally especially for her from me at the very last minute? Nah, she'll love it... it's exactly as I planned it! Merry Christmas, honey!

Oh, yeah; speaking of socks, and the last minute... (always my BEST minute) I needed three gift card holders. Christmas prints (vintage, at that) to the rescue, that ol' fabric stash never lets me down! I traced a pattern from a coloring book; it was just the right size; I added some coordinating cuffs, et voilĂ !

Life is Good!

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Karen said...

Cute story! Nice socks.

Merry Christmas to you!

Hugs, Karen

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

My kids wear mismatched socks too, started when they were really little and hated matching their socks, now they are in college and still do it.

Unknown said...

I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Enjoy your grandbabies!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Love it! Enjoy your Christmas with all those precious grandbabies!!

Salem Stitcher said...

Too funny! You are the most clever of women! Merry Christmas to you all!

AnnieO said...

Mismatching socks were all the rage when I was in junior high...I remember wearing different toe sock knee highs. Oh, memories! How sweet of you to get creative with your laundry. Very inventive :)

Love the little stockings. A stash is so great to hunt through for treasures.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I've done the same thing before. :) Merry Christmas to you and yours! blessings, marlene

leigh anna said...

I love the socks! :)
I can't wait to show them off!