Happy New Year! Craft countdown..

Christmas time is always a wonderful and crazy time of the year, isn’t it?

I love how I look back at November- January 1st and think “Next year, I’ll relax and enjoy the moment more. I’ll make sure to take time to mentally note the special things that happen.”


yeah, right.

This year, in the frenzy of buying, wrapping and giving; making, baking and eating; waking, running, juggling and eating, I found myself with an extra half hour between work and my hair appointment. Of course I had to use that time to buy gifts and wrap them up!

I had already planned this gift for a friend of mine:



I thought I had the perfect gift bag for it. Made of lovely linen. Guys like linen, right? Anyway, it was waaaayy to big. You should never be giving anyone that much alcohol. Ever.

Only having 20 minutes until my hairdresser needed my tresses, I ran into the studio. WHAAT TO DO?!?

I saw this:

thrifty men's shirt

thrifty men’s shirt

Very blurry shot, I know but I was in a hurry and I’m pretty certain that everything this time of year is a little blurry and it’s not just my memory.

This is one of the few shirts that survived the move (yes, that happened this year too.) and for some reason I love gingham. Especially on guys. It’s such a southern, preppy thing.

Let’s begin the fun! Craft countdown!

First, I did a little snippping..

snip, snip here..snip snip there..

snip, snip here..snip snip there..


I swear, I was not drinking while making these photos.

Then, I did a little sewing.




I turned the sleeve inside out and stitched across the bottom twice for extra durability. There is nothing sadder than a broken bottle.

The perfect gift bag was almost complete and I was really excited by how clever it was beginning to look. Something was missing, though it needed  a way to be cinched up. I only had about 7 minutes left on the clock so frantically I scanned the room.



I had this lovely tie left over from a vintage cuff project we did a while back. It’s a beauty, isn’t it?

dapper looking, isn't it?

dapper looking, isn’t it?


I loved the way this last minute project fell together. If you don’t know how to tie a tie, it’s pretty easy. Just a little practice makes perfect.

Happy New Year, Y’all!


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