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« on: February 20, 2005 04:31:21 PM »

Every year I wait until the last minute to worry about presents. Not this year though, I hope  Wink I was hoping my fellow crafters could help me. I'd like to make a cute, inexpensive present for a bunch of people, mainly women (aunts). Previous things I've made were angel ornaments, personalized ornaments, and name plaques. I want something different this year. Ohh.. I also LOVE to scrapbook. If we could tie that in, it would be great. Thanks, I appreciate your help.

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2005 05:20:36 PM »

I made cross-stitched ornaments one year for a bunch of people. It was about 2 inches by 4 inches (if I'm remembering right). It said "Merry Christmas Name" on one side and "Noel" with a star on the other. It was pretty cheap to make, but then again, I already had thread and Aida cloth on hand. Thread is pretty cheap, especially if you keep the patttern simple and with only a few colours. Aida can be expensive, but if you look for sales it's not bad. Basically after I stitched both sides I sewed them together to make a pouch and stuffed it and attached a ribbon for hanging. It might be cool to put some popouri in there with batting or instead of it.
If you don't know how to cross-stitch, it's fairly easy to pick up.
Here are a few sites that give the basics
http://www.count-your-blessings.com/007begin.htm
http://www.craftdesigns4you.com/learntostitch.htm
All the instructions say to start in the middle of the graph, but I tend to start at the side. It can be harder to center the pattern on the cloth that way, though.
Here are a bunch of free alphabets. http://www.freepatternsonline.com/xscharts/alphabets.htm
I hope this helps!
If you have any questions about cross-sttich or the ornament, feel free to PM me or something.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2005 05:47:02 PM »

How 'bout decorating tp rolls or another cardboard tube with wrapping paper & make "crackers". glue paper on tube leaving a good couple inches hanging off each end (to tie later with string or ribbon), cut tube in 1/2, on inside of tube-glue a piece of paper for ledge when putting tube back together, fill with goodies (small candy, embellishments for scrapbook pages, or maybe a coupon to a craft store).
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2005 08:42:11 AM »

Why not mini-scrapbooks? I have several that hang on my tree (I bought a kit a few years ago with page templates/cover templates and chipboard for the covers)...mine are about 3 1/2 inches square. You can personalize them with papers, and then choose a theme for each (or all)...put a ribbon hanger in the spine, and they can hang the scrapbook on their tree.

I gave an accordion-type book to my boyfriend's grandmother for xmas last year, and she really enjoyed it. This year I'm putting together a photo tree for her made of dowels, with a wooden block for each family member, pics on 4 sides, and painted (I think I'm gonna use those page pebbles over the photos). She's developing dementia, so photos are a good thing for her.

Good for you for thinking ahead...and good luck!
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