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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ideas for "Assembly Line" Gifts?? on: September 01, 2007 06:48:46 AM
I'm sure you may have already thought of this, but what about jars filled with hard rock candy?  Our kids love rock candy at Christmas.  Also, we make what are called "Dipped Ritz".  You take Ritz crackers and put peanut butter between them, then dip in melted chocolate or almond bark.  They are soooo good.  You could make up tins of them.  They are cheap and easy to make.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gifts in a jar on: September 01, 2007 06:43:50 AM
I have made these and given them as gifts and sold them at craft shows.  You can also make the soups in a jar.  Wal-Mart sells them already made up.  I imagine they would be easy to make.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: help with ideas for Christmas gifts on: August 29, 2007 07:31:58 AM
When I first started making homemade gifts I gave everyone lighted potpourri jars.  They loved them.  They are super easy to make. 
Potpourri pies are easy to make also. 
Also, you might get some quart canning jars, paint winter scenes on them, add a candle holder to top and you have a pretty winter candle.
I am not the best at crafting.  I want to be, but I am still in the learning process.
I also would like to learn to make the clothespin holder.  I would also like to learn to make aprons. 
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Holiday Handmade gift dissapointment :( on: August 29, 2007 07:22:50 AM
I have been there.  My in-laws love anything handmade.  In fact, they can do anything you can imagine and I love getting the gifts they make.
My mom, when she was alive, loved anything I gave her.  It didn't matter if it was homemade or not.
My dad is hard to give gifts for because even if he likes them you can't really tell.  I can only remember 2 gifts that I have given him that I really knew he liked.  This doesn't bother me.  We love each other anyway.
My brothers, when I have given them homemade goodies, weren't exactly thrilled.  My dd and I spent 12 hours in the kitchen one Christmas because we didn't have money to spend on gifts for extra family members.  I always like to give gifts though.  We made fudges, spiced pecans, scottish shortbread, and I don't remember what else.
My sister is happy with anything I give her.  I made her a wall hanging of dolphins (I was just learning), and you know what?  It's on her wall.
Don't let what other people think bother you.  I have done this in the past and really lost the joy of Christmas and the joy of giving.  You just keep on keeping on.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas Challenge '07 on: August 29, 2007 07:17:25 AM
I have just been thinking of doing this the past few days.  My gardening is almost done so I will have more time to devote to this.
I am crocheting 2 blankets right now and hope to have them finished in time.
I am going to make 3 of the fleece blankets this year (all Colts) for my dd, ds and daughters boyfriend.
I am making cookbooks for my brothers and their wives and my sister and her husband.  I may go ahead and give these to my nieces also.
I am making more mug rugs this year for those who didn't receive them last year.
I think, for 2 of our friends who are having it extremely hard this year, that I am going to make them some pillows, mug rugs, put together a basket with homemade breads, cookies, jelly and so on.
Would anyone on here who can knit be willing to knit socks and sell them?
My dd wants a pair but I don't know how to knit yet.
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