Curious as to what kinds of gifts Joan is busy making? I'll let Joan tell you more in her own words, shown in purple below:
Last Christmas I decided to make something for everyone, so they got: bowl cozies, steering wheel covers (great for protections against the hot sun in Arizona), key chains made with zippers, and splash guards for the microwave. It was so much fun to see their faces because no one knew what these were. My son thought his steering wheel cover was a hat!
Next Christmas the gals are getting one of these zipper bags made from doilies my Grandmother and Aunts made in the 40's and 50's. I have a chest full and almost donated them to charity because none of my family will want them - I don't even use them. The bag in the upper right - hard to see- is made in the style of a crazy quilt using pieces of doilies used in other bags."
By the way, Joan's cheerful note had the title "Making Lemonade" in the subject line of her email :-)
When you're done reading about Joan's creative adventures and you have finished oohing and aahing over her beautiful heirloom style bags, please take the time to leave a comment at the end of this post.