Friday, June 8, 2012

Travel gifts

I am supposed to be working on Danny's strip for the Stitch Tease bee, but I am desperately trying to make a bunch of small gifts to take with us on our trip to Europe. We will be meeting some old friends in Vienna and also I will be meeting some bloggy friends for the first time and I want to have something to take to them. But my biggest challenge is we will also be meeting about 20 cousins that I didn't even know existed until a few months ago. 
When researching my family history, on my dad's side, I randomly wrote to someone in Slovakia with my grandmother's maiden name. Sure enough, it was her nephew's son. So I have been in contact with my "cousins" for a few months now and we are going to meet them in July, when we travel to Europe. 
We will be seeing these people at the end of our trip. I don't know how many men, women or children, or what their ages are so I am stumped as to what to bring. Also, how do you pack gifts for 25 people and still have room for clothes and travel necessities? What do you bring to a friend or host when you travel?
Here is what I have so far...
241 tote
241 Tote made with Juggling Summer

pot holders
some pot holders made with a Stitch in Color


pot holders
and some made with the Circa 1934 blocks left from the Cutting Corners quilt

simple clutch
a simple clutch made with Juggling Summer

zipper pouch
and a zipper pouch made with a Stitch in Color

Since we will be seeing the majority of these people at the end of our vacation we will probably end up buying a few things along the way. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

16 comments:

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Oooohhh LOVE Juggling Summer - never seen that fabric before. Your three fabrics on the 241 are delicious together (and I thought mine looked good) - now that I've seen yours I think I will have to make another!! ;)

susan said...

Make Christmas ornaments, small and easy to pack. Or just hanging hearts with a bit of lavender in them. Then the clothes you do manage to squeeze in with all the other stuff will at least smell nice seeing as how you will have to wear the same things again, and again, and again!

Carolyn said...

Oh I love that clutch made with Juggling Summer! I like the idea of the little clutch and zippy pouches as gifts.

Patchwork and Play said...

Great makes so far! I like Susan ideas too! Could you make key fobs? Small enough and always useful!

threadtime said...

Lucky kin folk! Beautiful gifts. Men are tough for me. Key fobs might be an idea. Dopp kits might be an idea. Juggling Summer would probably make for men as well as women don't you think? I like Susan's idea of Christmas ornaments. These are something they don't have to keep out all the time, but bring good memories for years to come.

Flying Blind... said...

You can never go wrong with national tat - Stars & Stripes pencils, t-shirts etc - not what you probably wanted to hear, or baseball caps, that's what you guys wear 24/7 eh! ?

Katy Cameron said...

These are all gorgeous! I take people out to dinner to say thank you, but with that many it may bankrupt you more than paying for extra luggage ;o)

Darcy said...

ok, that bag is stunning. I want it. Take them something else and send ME that! ;-) Seriously, maybe something local from your area you could take? Or some family photos to share? No idea but can't wait to hear about how it goes! (if someone were visiting you from there what would YOU want? toughie!) Good luck!

Danny Heyen said...

I'm stumped. I always like food, but then that's not really what you're going for, huh?

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

I love your gifts Di, but to be honest, in your situation I wouldn't stress about it - I'd bring flowers to your hosts and maybe some wine, but I wouldn't carry things all over Europe - if you have to take something then I'd go for something easy that anyone would use - mug rugs, maybe!

Leanne said...

Each of those projects are stunning, give those to your bloggy friends. I would enjoy the time with your family, but if you wanted to give them something, give them photos of your family or information about the family tree, stories about mutual relatives, or recipes for your jams, and other wonderful cooking.

LuLu said...

Oh wow, you are the sweetest! All of your gifts are so amazing. You should add in some mug rugs since they're so fast and fun and take up very little space. I loved Leeann's suggestion of information and photos and stuff like that. But certainly don't kill yourself in the process :-)

ELNM said...

I agree with the key fobs - can be masculine or feminine. If you want to make the gifts, what about small needle books/sewing kits, small fabric covered journals or notepad holders, fabric bracelets or scrappy pins? You could also bring "souvenir" items from the U.S. for the younger ones - postcards, enamel pins, patches, etc. Have a great trip!

Annabella said...

Oh these are lovely Di - and everyone has such great ideas. Love Susan`s idea and also Leanne`s - perhaps a mixture of the two depending on what for whom. Which bloggy friends are you meeting????

Tsoniki said...

I love the potholders! I have only made a couple but plan on making a bunch more that I can give away. Perfect for using up the scraps I can't seem to use up. LOL

SewSealy said...

Hi Diane,
It's hard to pack for travel and carry so many things with you. So keeping this in mind, you asked for some suggestions? Just yesterday I visited a local brick n mortar store and saw how they did some lovely tea towels. Now you can embellish them in a simple manner, or even piece a strip, then apply it to the towel. I was so excited to see they actually had the tea towels there for sale. I've been searching all over for some nice quality ones. the ones I found at target, etc., were all very thin... So for $3.95 you can get some nice towels to embellish. The towel they sold is by "Dunroven House" and it was the Cotton/Linen White K362 17 x 27. It is important that you pre-wash because they do shrink quite a bit. This towel has a hemstitch edge.

The other thought for your sewing friends are pincushions. I just picked up the best book yesterday. "Super-Cute Pincushions" by Kate Haxell. Oh my goodness, there are such cute ones in there. They surely would not be too heavy and small enough to pack.

And lastly, how about "Mug Rugs"? I am finding so many cute ones.

Those are THREE suggestions from me. Hope perhaps one of them might be of interest. :)