I have always maintained that I am not crafty. When it comes to hot glue, I usually suffer multiple burns. If it required painting or drawing, it looks like something my kids did in kindergarten. If it requires great dexterity – forget it. I’m all thumbs.
But it doesn’t stop me from trying just the same. Because while I’m not crafty, I AM creative. Add that in to a thrifty streak that hates to throw anything out, and…
Well, sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.
One thing that usually works out is treats. A holiday can full of baked treats is never a bad idea…so Chocolate Peanut Butter balls, shortbread, Gumdrop Cake…this is a great idea for neighbours, teachers, and PWHE: People Who Have Everything. A variation of this that is really festive is to buy a holiday jar and fill it with homemade peanut brittle, fudge, or bark. This year, I made white chocolate pistachio cranberry bark that is delicious.
I do like to knit as well, but I’m horribly slow. I think it’s because I’m the only lefty in the family and I learned right handed (and I’m too old and confused to try to switch now!). Last year I knit some of my gift bags from holiday yarn I bought on sale at the end of season. When the nieces and nephews were younger, they sometimes got mittens and scarves. I’ve got cute ornament patterns for stockings and bells that have found their way on the tops of packages. Then there’s dishcloths knit in Christmas colours. This year I’m knitting a Christmas wreath. If it turns out well, a lot of people might get one in their box next year.
My kids often get bead kits as well, so we usually have a fun afternoon putting together bead ornaments. I tried my hand at candles this summer and they turned out quite well, despite the number of cuts on my thumbs from the sharp edges of the molds.
The one thing I’m REALLY not good at is sewing, but that doesn’t necessarily stop me from making presents, especially if I’ve come by material. This year, I made tea towels out of white cotton waffle fabric and put inside each family basket. We also started making our own wine, so I made really cute wine bottle bags out of the plum drapes that hung in my daughter’s bedroom – and some pretty silver and purple wired ribbon from Michaels.
All in all – I finished more projects than I expected to this year, and that’s a good thing! The one thing I haven’t finished? A cross stitch I bought ages ago. Every time I think about working on it, I somehow find something else to do.
Bio: A busy wife and mother of three (2 daughters and the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world; a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist.
An avid reader since childhood, Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in English Literature in 1994, but it wasn't until 2001 that she penned her first full-length novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance. In 2006 she sold her first manuscript, and now writes warm, emotional stories for Harlequin's Romance line.
Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly 12 years in Alberta where her Harlequin career began, writing about cowboys and the west. Donna's debut Romance, Hired by the Cowboy, was awarded the Booksellers Best Award in 2008 for Best Traditional Romance.
Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at www.donnaalward.com , on facebook as Donna Alward, Romance Author and on twitter @DonnaAlward.