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post #161 of 650
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Everyone's lists are great! I haven't restarted the socks yet..I'm just about to since ds is goneout for awhile....And I just found the huge thomas stocking I got on discount in Jan for him so I have to pull that out and sew it together..HE'LL LOVE IT!!!!

I also remembered that we usually get dh's cousins kids something every year but that's a trip to the crayola factory by my Grandmas..and 5 bucks each which is a lot considering how much I spend on my own kids

I'm still stumped on dh and REALLY stumped on stockings! So far I found a book @ goodwill for ds....and I'll get him a couple things @crayola...but then I'm stuck! And what do you get/make an almost 1 y/old dd for her stocking/gifts? BAH

I'm about to to the giving up on the holidays and going shopping lol
No!Don't give up!There's still lots of time.

How about some cloth or wool balls for the almost 1 yr old?The 1 yr old twins I take care of love balls.And what about a little cloth book?Or silly little monster dolls?I made dolls that were just stuffed stars with a little hole cut out for the face.Those were pretty popular.A hooded towel is easy and fun to make.Bean bags and something to put them in?I saw some once that were circles and each one had a different funny face on it.

I'm still totally stumped on my husband too.UHG!
post #162 of 650
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We spent many hours making such beautiful gifts and it was not appreciated Im Just not sure what to do this year for them. Its not many people just the grandparents and my SIL.
That's sad.There are a few people on my list who most likely do not appreciate the effort I make.And I flip flop on how I think about dealing with it.On one side I think I shouldn't bother and I should just go get them some crap but then I think no,I'm not giving in to the commercialism and the crap I buy won't be a better gift.This year the decision is pretty much made for me because I have no money but I do have lots of supplies.Plus I think it's a really good way to teach my daughter about being thoughtful.
post #163 of 650
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That's sad.There are a few people on my list who most likely do not appreciate the effort I make.And I flip flop on how I think about dealing with it.On one side I think I shouldn't bother and I should just go get them some crap but then I think no,I'm not giving in to the commercialism and the crap I buy won't be a better gift.This year the decision is pretty much made for me because I have no money but I do have lots of supplies.Plus I think it's a really good way to teach my daughter about being thoughtful.
Yup! Same goes here. I have a butt load of supplies sitting around, no $ and a couple months to get things done. Those unappreciated types are getting handmade gifts or nothing And you are so right. It teaches my littles so much and we really enjoy making things for family. Im sure Ill find some tutorial that will be perfect for them. I just have to look


SO I started my list.

FIL- Calendar of family photos to share w/ MIL and ?
MIL- that calendar, crochet hook clutch http://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/archives/87 DONEAltered crochet hooks DONE, and maybe a handmade book of patterns Ill pull off the internet, felted coaster
SIL-leg warmers, artsy clutch DONE, tea with handmade tea tags in some embellished container, Moon time package (tincture, pillow ect.)
Mom- Calendar of family photos and Moon time package
Dad-Calendar of family photos
Nephew- fabric balls & fabric bucket
New Niece- fabric balls & fabric bucket
Sister- arm warmers and Moon time set
sister-arm warmers and Moon time set
DH- Wallet, Liqueurs DONE and ??
DS- Pirate doll from toys to sew, dress up and re-purposed sweater vest & bean bag chair
DD- arm warmers and matching leg warmers, book pillow, and maybe this bean bag chair. http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/20...bag-chair.html depends if I have to buy stuff and the cost compared to buying one new
Friends- Screen print bike patches and christmas mix CDs with handmade cover art. Moon time sets for my sisters!
post #164 of 650
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Yup! Same goes here. I have a butt load of supplies sitting around, no $ and a couple months to get things done. Those unappreciated types are getting handmade gifts or nothing And you are so right. It teaches my littles so much and we really enjoy making things for family. Im sure Ill find some tutorial that will be perfect for them. I just have to look


SO I started my list.

FIL- Calendar of family photos to share w/ MIL and ?
MIL- that calendar, coasters, crochet hook clutch http://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/archives/87 Altered crochet hooks, and maybe a handmade book of patterns Ill pull off the internet
SIL-tea cozy, arm warmers, artsy clutch from sew you, loose tea from garden in some embellished container
Mom- Calendar of family photos and a tincture yet to be determined
Dad-Calendar of family photos and a tincture yet to be determined
Nephew- super hero cape and mask
Sister- arm warmers and tincture
sister-arm warmers and tincture
DH- Wallet and???
DS- Pirate doll from toys to sew, knit snake, dress up
DD- arm warmers and matching leg warmers, book pillow, and maybe this bean bag chair. http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/20...bag-chair.html depends if I have to buy stuff and the cost compared to buying one new
Friends- Screen print bike patches and christmas mix CDs with handmade cover art
Well,your list sounds great!

I just got two bean bag chairs for my sister's classroom from the Oak Park freecycle and my sister got one from the Chicago craig's list for $7.Maybe there will be more?Even if they weren't the style you were looking for you could use their insides for the cover you make.

Are you going to make the calendars or are you going to use Wallgreens or snapfish or something like that?I've used the online places in the past for my MIL but I was thinking about just making one myself this year.Although she's one of the"non-appreciaters".
post #165 of 650
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Really like the pirate and mermaid quilt ideas!
Thanks We're eventually going to have their room all done up in mermaids and pirates.


This thread is great. It has me wanting to make so much though! I keep reminding myself I want a simple Christmas. haha
post #166 of 650
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Well,your list sounds great!

I just got two bean bag chairs for my sister's classroom from the Oak Park freecycle and my sister got one from the Chicago craig's list for $7.Maybe there will be more?Even if they weren't the style you were looking for you could use their insides for the cover you make.

Are you going to make the calendars or are you going to use Wallgreens or snapfish or something like that?I've used the online places in the past for my MIL but I was thinking about just making one myself this year.Although she's one of the"non-appreciaters".
Oh! Good idea with the bean bag chair!

Im not sure how im going to make the calendar. I was thinking of pricing the snap fish ones as we are always receiving discount codes from them.
post #167 of 650
I haven't read the thread yet but this is my list so far;

boxers out of old t-shirts for dh, he loved the ones I made last year.
dd1 is going to use porcelaine paint to decorate a mug for dh

so i need something for dd1 (3.5) to make for dd2 (1.5) and something for dd2 to make for her dad and sister.

also need to come up with something to make for the kids. the oldest likes dinosaurs and reading and the youngest like singing and music.

I can sew. I'm teaching myself crochet right now and working on a scarf for myself. I can kinda knit but have never made anything.
post #168 of 650
So I didn't start knitting..but we did go apple picking to make some apple sauce to jar which I'm thinking will be gifts for dh's family.

I cut apart and old comforter that was stained ripped and falling apart, got the useable stuffing out and took a used sheet set that we we're given that doesn't fit any of our beds and I;'m using the stuffing for ds's thomas stocking and the sheets as the lining inside the stocking..I cut out all the pieces and they are all pinned together...I'm hoping that between the other sheet/comforter that I'llhave enough to do two panels of growth charts that I have for the kids as well.
post #169 of 650
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So I didn't start knitting..but we did go apple picking to make some apple sauce to jar which I'm thinking will be gifts for dh's family.

I cut apart and old comforter that was stained ripped and falling apart, got the useable stuffing out and took a used sheet set that we we're given that doesn't fit any of our beds and I;'m using the stuffing for ds's thomas stocking and the sheets as the lining inside the stocking..I cut out all the pieces and they are all pinned together...I'm hoping that between the other sheet/comforter that I'llhave enough to do two panels of growth charts that I have for the kids as well.
Canned apple sauce is such a good idea! I may do this one myself!
post #170 of 650
The first batch of applesauce is already gone! Dh and ds had french toast COVERED in it...I can't taste or smell much(stupid cold) so I haven't tried it...I got a mixture of macs and honey crisp...im using mostly macs and a couple honey crisp(mostly b/c i LOVE honeycrisp and want to keep them all for myself!!)

I got ds's thomas stocking pieces together now im hand stitching around thomas/the tree ect then I'll machine it together..i could usethe macine to do the detailing but im not that smooth with a machine!
post #171 of 650
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so i need something for dd1 (3.5) to make for dd2 (1.5) and something for dd2 to make for her dad and sister.

also need to come up with something to make for the kids. the oldest likes dinosaurs and reading and the youngest like singing and music.
What about dd1 making a batch of playdough for dd2?Or a drawing in a decorated frame?

What about a special bag for bringing to the library for dd1?You could decorate it with a dinosaur.
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post #173 of 650
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Today's nap time was all about braiding.
post #174 of 650
THREE months to go!! Oh my goodness!

I've been working on f-i-l's socks! Finally got them on the needles and moving! I've been pricing cheap wooden frames and I'm going to get ds to paint them and put the family picture into them for a lot of presents so I've cut down a bit of my list.

DD IS FIGURED OUT!! F-I-L is an amazing woodworker and is going to make dd a pull toy, since she'll be a year then it's perfect. He's going to use lineseed oil to "varnish" it. SUPER EXCITED! I'm going to paint wooden letters spelling her name for her door, ds has this and is asking why she doesn't. And a waldorf inspired doll.

Dh is still so up in the air...I'm thinking just a pretty good stocking and a pair of knitted socks(if I get to them!)

M-I-L I have NO idea..still hoping DH will record for her. ESPECIALLY since my current boss/dh's former boss offered him the recording studio free of charge whenever he wanted! Then her and F-I-L will get a framed pic of us as their combined gift.
post #175 of 650
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THREE months to go!! Oh my goodness!

I've been working on f-i-l's socks! Finally got them on the needles and moving! I've been pricing cheap wooden frames and I'm going to get ds to paint them and put the family picture into them for a lot of presents so I've cut down a bit of my list.

DD IS FIGURED OUT!! F-I-L is an amazing woodworker and is going to make dd a pull toy, since she'll be a year then it's perfect. He's going to use lineseed oil to "varnish" it. SUPER EXCITED! I'm going to paint wooden letters spelling her name for her door, ds has this and is asking why she doesn't. And a waldorf inspired doll.

Dh is still so up in the air...I'm thinking just a pretty good stocking and a pair of knitted socks(if I get to them!)

M-I-L I have NO idea..still hoping DH will record for her. ESPECIALLY since my current boss/dh's former boss offered him the recording studio free of charge whenever he wanted! Then her and F-I-L will get a framed pic of us as their combined gift.
The stuff for your daughter sounds great!

I hope your husband takes advantage of the free studio time.It's such a lovely idea.

Oh!That just reminded me.I can add the cd that my daughter got to record on(just a tiny little bit at the end.But still.)to my mom's gift.She would probably like the cd anyways.

I finally came up with an idea for my MIL.I'm going to make her a quilted tote bag.She has a weekend house so I think she might even use it to bring stuff back and forth.She has all these shirts with bird houses on them so I'll put a bird house on the bag(I think).

And my husband.He makes my head swirl.I have one idea but I have no idea how I would make it happen.I want to make him a quilt with an outline of the city we're from on in it.But I don't know how I would get the outline onto the quilt.Or I guess I mean I don't know how I would get the shape cut out.We don't have a printer and I'm not very good at free hand.Hmmm?Plus he's around a lot right now.
post #176 of 650
Wait, I need clarification. Do you want to make a skyline of a city or a map?
post #177 of 650
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Ok my goal for today is to make the stenciled t-shirt for my husband's uncle and get started on my MIL's bag.But I also need to move some furniture clean out my closet and I think my daughter is sick so we'll see what happens.
post #178 of 650
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Wait, I need clarification. Do you want to make a skyline of a city or a map?
More like a map but without all the streets.That still doesn't make sense does it?I think I want it to be like if you were looking at a map that was all colored in.So that it is the shape of the city but a bit abstract.


Ooo... maybe I could use a projector.I might have to do it at my sister's house though.
post #179 of 650
i made alot of the kids gifts last year, but not really the adults. i'd like to add some more grown-up gifts this year, but don't know if i'll have enough time
dh doesn't really like the idea of me making the stuff, especially for the kids, but WHATEVER!! i'm not going to make as much stuff, so that there is room for store-bought nonsense. anyway, better get off mdc and get a move on!!
post #180 of 650
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dh doesn't really like the idea of me making the stuff, especially for the kids, but WHATEVER!!
Oh no.Why?
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