Dear friends,

Thank you all for helping make Handmade Holidays so much fun! It really has been wonderful to read your enthusiastic comments and see all the beautiful things you’ve been making. We also want to give a huge thanks to all the brilliant crafters that have allowed us to link to their tutorials. We love you for sharing your creativity and time with us! You have made our holidays so much easier and more meaningful.

We still have many more wonderful tutorials to come this month, but we’d like to tell you about our December plans. We are shifting our focus from gifts to people–namely YOU! We thought it would be fun to start a holiday blog meme about traditions and gift-giving. The idea is that you answer the questions on your own blog, along with photos and relevant links. When it is posted, come back here (to this post) and give us the link in a comment.  Throughout the month of December we’ll be highlighting the things that touched us, awed us, made us laugh, or made us green with envy. We’ll be combining these excerpts with some our favorite photos from the Handmade Holidays photo pool into a daily post, Handcrafters’ Highlights.

1. Answer the questions in a post on your blog. Answer them all or only a few. Add photos and links where relevant.

Gifts

  • Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give?
  • If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making? (Post photos if you have some!)
  • Do you have any good stories about handcrafted gifts you’ve given or received?
  • Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)
  • Name one thing on your personal wish list.
  • Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts? (Link)

Traditions

  • What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
  • Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?
  • What do you love most about the holiday season?
  • What do you like least about the holiday season?
  • Anyone close to your heart that you’ll be missing this year?
  • What is your favorite holiday food?
  • Do you have a great recipe to share?

2. Come back to this post and put the link to your post in a comment.

3. This one requires some explanation…It has always been our practice to request permission to use photos, links and blog content. We completely respect your copyright. In this case, because of time constraints, we’d like to request that you let us know if you don’t want us to use your photos, quotes, or links. That is, if you come back here and there is only a link to your meme post in a comment, we will assume that it is okay to use your photos and link back to your post (with full authoriship credit, of course.) If, however, you don’t want us to use any of your content in our December Handrafters’ Highlights posts, please also write in your comment, “OPT-OUT”.

4. Pass on the link to your friends and blog readers! Make sure they know they about coming back here and commenting with a link to their post. It will be fun to have a master list of Handcrafter’ Holidays Meme posts! If you’d like, feel free to use the button.

Please let us know if you have any questions about any of this.  We can’t wait to read Handcrafters’ Holidays Blog Meme posts!

Peace,

Kristin, Beth and Lauren

Edited to answer questions:

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Julie asked, “do these need to be posted before December 1?”

Oh, no!  We wouldn’t make you work that fast.  Let’s just say anytime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It would be lovely to have some to start off the month, but really, it is for you, it is supposed to be fun. 

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Cocoa asked, “Can we only do one post? Or can we do several different posts and link to all of them?” 

Do as many as you need.  We can see that it could get to be a very long post indeed!  Feel free to give us the links to a series of posts.

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A couple of you mentioned that you can’t post your gifts online and still keep them a surprise, which we certainly understand.  You can complete as much or as little of the meme as you want. 

Thank you for asking!