This year, 11 people close to my heart received an apron for Christmas. I was so impressed with that one I made for Joe that I couldn't fathom not making more. (I am officially over it now, though, so don't you worry.)
I picked out custom fabric for each recipient, right down to the coordinating pocket fabric. That was maybe the most fun part--picture me and Joe in the fabric store, arms piled to eyeballs with bolts of fantastic patterned fabric, trying to keep them all straight for the woman unlucky enough to be working the cutting table at the time. And then the hardware. And then the twill tape.
Once home, after pre-washing, of course, I measured, cut, ironed, pinned, and sewed until my fingers were raw and the dogs were covered in errant scraps of thread.
And then, because I love customization--the idea that something was made just for you--I embroidered a little swatch for each one bearing the initials (or nickname) of the recipient.
In keeping with the kitchen theme, Joe and I mixed up some amazing hot cocoa, made our own vanilla extract, and made more marshmallows for our gift list as well. But more on that later.
Merry Christmas all. And here's to peace and abundance in the new year.