Hello - I just found this site and LOVE (did I say LOVE?) it!!! So anyway, I'm new here and I wanted to comment to the Christmas Challenge '07 post.
My hubby and I have an extremely large family....last count was 22 married couples, 5 single adults, and 38 children. I personally challenge myself every year to "do" Christmas for less than $100 for the group. One year, I just went to the dollar store and got cheapo gifts for the kids and made jelly for all the couples. Last year, however, I got ambitious.
Main Married couple: Granny & PawPaw - I made a family tree queen size quilt with all the family names hand embroidered on squares of the different branches of the tree. If you look close on the pic you can see them. The roots were embroidered with Granny & PawPaw's parents names, then Granny & PawPaw's name on the trunk. It was a major hit and I'm still fielding requests from various family members for me to make one of their own. http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd248/celestialtones/Granny_s_Quilt1.jpg
The other married couples received a 10" x 5" frame with a cross-stitch of their married family name. That was also well received and I got lots of comments from them on how much they loved it.
The kids each got a little alphabet pillow that I made out of scrap fabric I had laying around the house. Each child got a pillow in the shape of the first letter of their first name.
So, this year, I have my work cut out for me. I try to "top" myself every year, and well, I just don't know what I'm gonna do yet. Therefore, I'm here on this site to get some ideas.
I was also thinking about the plastic bag challenge that was just completed. My dad is such an eccentric person that I was thinking about attempting a plastic shopping bag rain pancho or something. He would get a kick out of that for sure! I wonder how it would really hold up for wear though?