December 6th, 2009
This year, I'm making my Christmas gifts myself. Baking cookies, knitting and crocheting scarves and hats, and making jewelry from glass beads I made myself are a few of my current projects. This summer I took a lampworking (making glass beads) at the Clearing in Ellison Bay, so I'm making "wearable art"! I love receiving gifts made just for me, and I hope my friends and family will feel the same! Yes, the economy does need the boost of holiday shopping, but don't feel you're not contributing to the national cause by making your gifts. If that is a worry to you, clear your conscience because you are purchasing the materials for your hand-made gifts!
If you just can't make gifts yourself, look around Door County for gifts made by local craftspersons and artisans. Door County is filled with talented people making a multitude of items. There are potters, painters, leather-crafters, jewelers, beaders, cooks making jams, jellies, and pickles, cheese makers, knitters, clothing makers, weavers, sculptors, and wood carvers to be found throughout Door County all offering wonderful one-of-a-kind creations. By buying from them, you not only purchase a wonderful gift, but you also support these local people. Believe me, it's much more satisfying than dropping by your local Wal-Mart!
So join me for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays-any time you are giving a gift-and make it yourself or buy directly from the person who made it! Happy Holidays everyone!
The leaves have fallen, but there are lots of Door County apples available for making pies and applesauce! Those make delicious gifts!