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Topic: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)?  (Read 62228 times)
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« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2008 03:14:58 AM »

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« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2008 08:35:40 AM »

I want to make DD a dress up trunk and maybe a kitchen set with food or a tool bench. Also a I-spy bag so if someone has a suggestion with what toys to put in for different ages that would be greatly appreciated.  Or anything for help with these.





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http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/et_beanbag.html
http://www.loopylace.com/crazyquiltstudio/lessons/needlebook.htm
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222947.msg2407971#msg2407971
http://hearthsong.com/hearthsong/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1005&pgc=94
http://www.mommyshelperonline.com/homemade-soap-crayons.html
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_toys_games/article/0,2025,DIY_13781_5079599,00.html
http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/craftrecipes.html#BATH
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_kids_crafts/article/0,2025,DIY_13763_5338125,00.html
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_toys_games/article/0,2025,DIY_13781_5466189,00.html
http://www.twilightarmory.com/Wings.htm
http://www.make-stuff.com/kids/
http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/marblemagnets/
http://www.mormonchic.com/crafty/secret-sister-gifts.asp#bookmark
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http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/ef_exercise_mat.html
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http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/10/food_glorious_f.html#comments
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http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/crafts/article/0,2025,DIY_13786_5697278,00.html
http://pioneerthinking.com/
http://www.cancerlynx.com/morericebag.html
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/holiday_gifts_ms/






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spiced nuts
I makes cookies for neighbors and coworkers
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http://www.giftsfromyourkitchen.com/jarbev/jarbev.html
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/candytruffle/truffle.html

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« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2008 12:19:40 PM »

Well, I think Mom and Dad are getting plants this year. Maybe elephant garlic?

Bro - he's getting beer cozies.

Husband -  he wants an entrelac seat cover for his bike

BFF - something for her new house. Maybe a kitchen kit with oven mitts, etc. in it like the one from Knitpicks?

-the Inlaws - not sure yet. Probably something moto for Dad and maybe jewelry for Mom?

-Sis in law - god only knows. Right now I'm leaning towards some nifty headbands.

-Officemates - I'm thinking green this year. Maybe canned preserves? I've thought about it since seeing the Good Eats on canning.
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« Reply #43 on: July 30, 2008 08:59:38 AM »

Oh, Christmas. I'm so much farther behind than I was last year.

Most people in my life are getting baskets of goodies. I've made and jarred blueberry jam, blueberry/lime ice cream topping and blueberry/cherry jam. (I bought a lot of blueberries at a farmer's market!) I'm going to be making and jarring sweet pickles and kosher dill pickles. I'll probably make a couple more jams, and when fall comes around do apple butter and pumpkin butter. Maybe more pumpkin stuff - I'm obsessed with pumpkin. Smiley

So, I'm going to be making the baskets with various jars of homemade goodness, plus homemade cookies, sugared pecans, spicy nuts and probably some breads, if I have time to make bread just before the holiday so it doesn't spoil. Each basket will also have a handmade ornament inside, probably each different depending on the person. This isn't totally thought-out yet.

This doesn't make the most unique gift to each person, however I'm desperately low on cash (I'm a poor journalist!) and this is the best cost-effective way to give nice gifts on a time budget.

One question - anyone have suggestions for a good online company to order handmade labels from? I designed some for my various jars of stuff, but I don't know where to get them printed.

A few people will luck out with extra special gifts:

Boyfriend - Handpainted chip/salsa platter with a Philadelphia Phillies theme; Pop-up "Story of Us" book
Brothers - Silkscreened T-shirts/Sweatshirts - anyone have a tut?

I have a few other ideas, but I'm afraid those people may lurk on craftster and I don't want to spoil the fun!

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« Reply #44 on: July 30, 2008 10:35:37 AM »

BrushfireFaeries, What about printing your labels from your home computer?  Avery makes all sorts of sizes for labels, and your word processing program should have no problem printing the Avery sheets.
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« Reply #45 on: July 30, 2008 11:47:10 AM »

BrushfireFaeries- I recently made a tshirt by cutting a stencil out of cardstock with a knife and then taped it to the shirt)with cardboard in the shirt to make a good surface), then I used fabric paint as directed, be sure to follow the part about setting it with an iron held above it on Steam. I remember seeing a tute though somewhere using an embroidery ring, nylon stockings, and glue to make a stencil that might be better for something more detailed. Anyway, yea. That's my two cents. I haven't done actual silk screening since school because of the mess and the space. Good luck!
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« Reply #46 on: July 30, 2008 02:58:33 PM »


Most people in my life are getting baskets of goodies.


You know, that's not a bad idea. Maybe that's what I'll do for all the hard to buy for people - jams and cookies or biscuits.

...Heads off to look for recipes...
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« Reply #47 on: July 30, 2008 03:13:31 PM »

I like to do baskets of things I have discovered over the year.. like BBQ sauce and candy.. nothing expensive.. just good finds.
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« Reply #48 on: July 31, 2008 07:08:00 PM »

My in-laws have 12 grandchildren and are always gaining more. Any suggestions for people who LOVE being grandparents more than anything in the world?

This isn't really craft-related and would cost money, but do you have a zoo or children's museum in your area? Maybe a membership for the year would be good for this couple.  They're usually not that expensive and they could take all of their grandkids whenever they wanted to.  For craft-related items.... I saw once where someone made a framed wall hanging of a fabric-pieced tree and then they "hung" small frames that had pins on the back to the tree on different branches. EAch tree had a child's picture in it.  It would be a gift that could keep "growing", you would just need to buy/make new frames w/ each new "leaf.". 
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« Reply #49 on: July 31, 2008 07:18:04 PM »

Also, for those who asked about buying for teenagers... (they have to be the hardest group to buy for. All they want is money or gadgets)...

I have no idea about boys, but there is a really cool posting for fabric curlers here on craftster that I've thought about saving for when my nieces are that age: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235779.0  I know I would've LOVED something like this when I was in high school.
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