I've been dutifully working on more fabric buckets as time allows. My idea is to use these as a containers for Christmas gifts. In them will be homemade and consumable gifts--jams and other treats, postcards of my photos, seeds that Ken has harvested from our garden--that sort of thing. More and more I think that this kind of gift--simple, heartfelt, handmade, and consumable is just the thing. Of course I love to get something from my list as well, or books, but for extended family this is a nice solution. Progressive Pioneer was saying the exact same thing yesterday--it's what's been on my mind the last couple years.
I've been working on these buckets on and off since this version (which I have to say, I still use every day) and went through another version here and here. But I kept struggling to get the proportions right--I couldn't get the round bottom to match up with the rectangle of the body as well as I wished so I decided to buy this pattern from Maya Made. It has made all the difference and now I whip these up easily. Her instructions really are so clear and friendly. I highly recommend the pattern.
So now I have seven all together. This weekend I ordered a quantity of postcards of my photos and we already have a bunch of jam we made all summer long, so we are well on our way! We have the idea for the little boys to decorate envelopes for seed packets with their artwork. My goal is to have all of this done--everything up to but not including a baked treat--early early early in the season. When the actual holiday is upon us I want to be able to enjoy our Christmas and solstice without rushing around packaging gifts, finding tags and labels, buying wrapping paper (these sort of eliminate the need for that) or finding cardboard boxes for shipping. How about you? Are you simplifying the gift giving this year or planning ahead?