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Topic: A Year of Homemade Gifts! - 2011-2012 - Are YOU in?  (Read 73481 times)
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Kara B
« Reply #560 on: December 25, 2011 10:39:41 AM »

I'm back!  I wasn't expecting my laptop to return from repairs until January, but it actually arrived on Christmas Eve   Cheesy

My husband decided to be a voice of reason, and forbade any crafting from December 20th until the house was cleaned, dinner planned/prepaired, decorations up, and everything in order for a house full of guests.  All though I didn't like it, I'm glad I listened.  We have just had the best Christmas I can remember as an adult.  In-laws decided not to show, so it was just my family, but we had tons of good food and drink, and everybody was happy  Smiley  I hope everyone else is enjoying there holidays too!

So here is the final list of successes and failures.
Crafted gifts
Discounted
Bought full price
Kids: Box of Astrid Lindgren DVDs
Husband: Gift card for "stuff that goes boom" i.e. hunting gear, computer games, fireworks etc waxing iron for skis
Mother: Orange marmalade, cheese, calendar with pictures of kids antique teapot
Father: waxing iron for skis, lemon curd, burnt almonds, calendar with pictures of kids
Brother: Beer cook book and beer
Aunt: A selection of oils and vinegars
Cousin: Travel guide and selection of beers
Sister-in-law: Cloth shopping bag with pictures of her, brother and their kid
Niece: Cloth shoppingbag with picture of herself and Minni Mouse, Season ticket to local play centre
Mother-in-law: calendar with pictures of kids, squirrel feeders
Father-in-law: Calendar with pictures of kids
Best friend: Shower scrub, cloth shopping bag with pictures from wedding, toiletry bags
Best friend's daughter: cloth bag with picture of herself and Hello Kitty, Clothes for her teddy
Best friend's son: underclothes, Hexabug

Colour coding the list wasn't a bad idea.  Looking at it now I don't feel as such a big failure as I did before I wrote it.

Oh, and for those of you wondering about Norways butter shortage: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/404098/december-12-2011/norway-s-butter-shortage?redirect=true.  Except for the bit about the reindeer, very word is true  Cheesy
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« Reply #561 on: December 25, 2011 03:26:35 PM »

I have been very quiet as before December I didn't know what I was making and in December I was busy making stuff. But I consider my challenge completed as I made all my gifts and they all went down really well.  Cheesy
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« Reply #562 on: December 26, 2011 03:24:38 PM »

Heey guys !!

As a holiday gift to people, I made cookies. Superhero cookies ! (Cuz who can agrue with that?  Cheesy)





Marvel vs DC

sorry for the bad pics, I don't have a camera
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elliot_anne
« Reply #563 on: December 26, 2011 06:22:50 PM »

Seriously awesome!! Totally going to have to make those next year for the fiance - he is a total comic book nerd!
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Kara B
« Reply #564 on: December 27, 2011 12:07:00 AM »

Maxxev: Love the puffin brooch!  And the Mac Feegle was really amazing.  You are super talented, and never let anyone tell you otherwise-

Acherontia Aether Congratulations on only giving home made gifts!  You really aced this challenge.

butterflyangel Fantastic cookies!  What did you use to decorate them?
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idioskosmos
« Reply #565 on: December 27, 2011 01:26:46 AM »

What I've learned in the past couple of months:

  • Crafting takes time - start early!
    It's always harder than it looks.
    When learning a new skill, make a few "practice" items before making gifts.
    Children *do* recognize quality (or lack thereof).
    People really do appreciate handmade gifts.
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butterflyangel
« Reply #566 on: December 27, 2011 06:17:28 AM »

Elliot_Anne: yayy go for it ! I can't wait to see yours ! =]

Kara B: thank you !! I mixed coloring into white frosting and then used brushes =]
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« Reply #567 on: December 27, 2011 02:56:42 PM »

Thank-you and well done for making so much Kara B. Smiley I forgot this was a year challenge so still have more stuff to make, but that's the worst bit overwith! Tongue

Thought I's better share my Xmas makings, sorry they are with flash as I have a habit of late night crafting!

Mushroom forageing fabric basket.


Shopping bag.


Kindle cover.


Tea cosy (sorry no irony included).


Fabric cracker.


Ginger thins.


Turkish delight.


Marzipan sandwiches.


Chocolate coated cinder toffee.


Ginger and cinder toffee thins.
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« Reply #568 on: December 27, 2011 03:18:41 PM »

You've been busy! Love the mushroom bag and the shopping bag, neat kindle cover!, the tea cozy is so sweet, love the fabric, and the Christmas crackers are beautiful. Wow! And all the goodies are making me hungry. Grin
Love the Marvel/DC cookies! Hee, I can just see me trying to decorate those neatly and failing to keep the colors separate. I'd hear "Is that...Spiderman? Why is he wearing tie dye?"
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« Reply #569 on: December 27, 2011 05:33:46 PM »

acherontia aether:OOh I wanna eat everything ! (That is edible..lol) nomnomnom  Grin

bookstorebabe: you tell them...CUZ HE CAN ! lol it was tough, but using brushses helped A LOT ! I had one on the side for times where I'd mix colors and just use to clean one to take out the mistake lol
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