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« on: January 01, 2009 02:56:50 PM »

For christmas I gave my mother a found copy (in great condition and in a gift box book cover) of E. St. James' Simplify your Life.  Good book, perfect gift.

To wrap it, I used a lunch paper bag, which had already done it's rounds as a carrier, and my mother's other gift as a ribbon.  The other gift is a felt circle garland for her tree, which my daughter (who is learning to sew - she is 4 yrs old) and I sewed through many a night this past month.  The garland is bottle cap sized felt circles, two back to back, stitched with a blanket stitch (by me) or a slip stitch (by dd).  check here for tutorial:
http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2006/12/cozy-up-with-blanket.html.
I topped the gift with a very quick tag, just a piece of felt with my mother's name on it in thread.





I hope you enjoy - it was quite simple, quite inexpensive, and eco-happy with the recycled and found items (book and paper bag).  I wish all my gifts were this satisfying.
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009 04:22:07 PM »

That is so pretty!  I love it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2009 09:11:34 PM »

Adorable! 

Great idea to introduce kids to sewing... I'm definitely bookmarking this one!
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009 10:25:03 AM »

very cool... love that you and your daughter did it
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009 05:45:36 PM »

Very cool...great Christmas idea.  DH and I took a class this year centered around the idea of simplifying Christmas, so this project hit the spot.  (Pun fully intended.) LoveLoveLOVE your circle garland...well done.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2009 09:40:03 AM »

AWWWhhh, I love this.  Very creative, and I love that your daughter participated, she will be very proud to see that on Gramma's tree.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009 08:59:23 PM »

So sweet looking, and I also love that you and your daughter did it together. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009 09:26:56 PM »

thanks all for the kind words!  I loved doing a project with my daughter.  I actually kept one of the felt circles sewn by dd as my own keepsake - it just make my heart hum to see what she can sew at 4 years old, especially since I couldn't even do as well in my 30s.  We are learning the handsewing together.
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