Last Minute Birthday Gifts


Wanna know a little secret about me?  I work best under pressure.  Ummm.... I guess to be totally honest I'd better say I work ONLY under pressure.  But that doesn't mean that I'm totally stressed out all the time.  I just do lots of things last minute without a lot of planning, which some of the time turns out not too badly.  So yesterday morning I realized we were having a birthday supper for my aunt and grandma (and me too, but I don't have to make me a gift)  and I had NO gift.  See, most of you would have thought of that last month, or last week, or even the day before.  Oh well.  No biggie.


I decided on potholders since you can always use one of those.  I have a phobia of gifts that the recipient secretly wonders whatever they're gonna do with it cause it's just not really 'them'.  So pot holder = safe!  Somewhere I'd seen this style with the little pockets for your hands, so I decided to make a little heart shape and make the pockets out of my scrap bin.  For once it turned out right the first time.  I drew out the shape and in the end, it turned out to be about the right size.


My grandma likes blue, and flowers, so this was for her.  (She's not so big on hot pink and polka dots, I'm sure, but I just had to add it in)


My aunt just repainted her kitchen red, so of course I went with that.  To me, red and kitchen just fits together.  See that little ladybug print on the left.  It's Flutterby by Tula Pink and long out of print, but I bought a fat quarter cause I just love it.  I can tell already that it's gonna be gone waaay too soon.

16 comments:

  1. These are adorable! I'm sure they will love them.

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  2. These are super cute. Doesn't it just make you want to write a tutorial?? I need it by 5 p.m. today!

    (just trying to add a little pressure to make it a bit easier for you...)

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  3. Perfect! I also hate the thought of giving someone a gift that they wonder what to do with. These are wonderfully useful and pretty besides. I also need a tutorial by 5 p.m. (pressure .... pressure .... )

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  4. Jo! I love it. now I'm gonna copy you... my girlie is getting a play kitchen for Christmas (don't tell her!) and I am sewing an apron and potholders. Apron is in the works but I hadn't decided on what kind of potholders... I was thinking of something like that, with pockets. Thanks!

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  5. Those are really cute! Happy Birthday to them and to you!

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  6. I that you shaped these into hearts :-) I may have to "borrow" that idea from you!

    Happy Birthday to all!

    ~ Meagan

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  7. Cute, cute, cute! Yep, I love the heart shape too.

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  8. I think you have inspired a whole lot of people! Mind if I "borrow" too? I am thinking of my daughter and daughters-in-law..... there are so many reasons to keep all those pieces of fabric aren't there!

    And of course your colors make the project perfect!

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  9. Oh I love love these! I seriously could bookmark everything on your site! THanks for sharing your awesome creativity :)

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  10. I got inspired today and made two of those for me. Do you mind that I blogged about it? I linked up to you: http://jonaetlili.blogspot.com/2011/03/never-say-never.html
    And some people are asking for a tutorial, maybe you would like to do one :)

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  11. I have been wanting to make the same kind of potholders. You have inspired me to get started :0) Excellent last minute USEFUL gift (love that kind of gift also)!!!

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  12. Would love to see how you made these adorable potholders.

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  13. After viewing a photo of your potholders on pleasanthome.blog I hurried over. I sure wish you would provide a tutorial, they are too cute. I've seen chicken potholders similar to yours, but yours are cuter!!
    Brenda C.

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  14. Hi! I just love these potholders! I was wondering if you could provide some dimensions for the size? Even just a rough sketch, somehow? That would help me out a ton. I love your quilts and the colors you use in them. Thanks for sharing!

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