For Daddy Goodlaff (who is notoriously hard to to craft for), I first thought of a hat or a scarf. Mama Goodlaff suggested that I make him a shirt, but I didn't feel like my sewing skills were quite up to clothing just yet. Eventually I decided on a manly version of my "Purse-Aid Kit," which is basically just a wallet full of band aids, or, a portable first aid kit. It's perfect for those of us who are a bit of a disaster and need to have supplies readily at hand in case of emergency.
Daddy Goodlaff has a bit of a wild side, so for his quad-riding supplies, I created this vibrant band aid holder:
After I showed off my Ponytail hat, Mama Goodlaff expressed an interest in having one of her own. I just so happened to have all the supplies on hand, right down to some fun purple buttons (her favorite color), and after a few pattern adjustments, had a knitted hat made just for her:
Sister Goodlaff's homemade gift took me the longest of anything I made this year. She has recently developed a passion for cooking, and last Christmas, when she was hanging out at our house doing some last minute Christmas sewing, we fed her something I was sure she wouldn't like: pork scalloppini in a mustard creme sauce. Turns out I was wrong--she thought it was awesome. I decided to make her a cookbook, using the Goodlaffs' favorite recipes. I combed through hundreds of pages, and eventually decided on about 60 of the best, printed them up, and made it into a book.
I called the book "Sister Says" because on the bottom of every recipe I wrote a comment, story, or tip on how we made the recipe or why the recipe was in there. I was so thrilled with the final product that I almost didn't want to give it away!
I used fancy wrapping paper that I saved from my bridal shower to bind the covers, and pulled the color scheme for my title and divider pages from that. I bound the book with standard binder rings--that way, you can pull out the recipe that you're working on if you need it close at hand in the kitchen. I love the way it turned out, and I'm hoping that Sister Goodlaff will also love the recipes that have become our favorites!
I have one more project to show you, but it needs its own post. Much more to come!