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post #101 of 603
I'm down a mitt.My husband spied one and really wanted it so...If only I had known he was going to like them,they could have been his present.I guess that means I should get down stairs and get busy but...
post #102 of 603
thanks for the inspiration on the oven mitts, rere. I gave 2 as dad's day gifts, and both men loved them. I used two different prints that each had guitars on them. Big hit. Everyone should make some for christmas gifts; I know I will be making several more.
post #103 of 603
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thanks for the inspiration on the oven mitts, rere. I gave 2 as dad's day gifts, and both men loved them. I used two different prints that each had guitars on them. Big hit. Everyone should make some for christmas gifts; i know i will be making several more.
post #104 of 603
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I've started drying herbs and strawberries for xmas presents. I'm thinking of making a pancake mix with sried strawberries as a gift..a little taste of summer in the winter
post #105 of 603
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I'm thinking of making a pancake mix with sried strawberries as a gift..a little taste of summer in the winter
oh, caiesmommy- that would make an awesome gift. you must have a huge strawberry patch; we eat all of ours as they ripen and have never had any to dry. Sounds so good, though!
post #106 of 603
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I've started drying herbs and strawberries for xmas presents. I'm thinking of making a pancake mix with sried strawberries as a gift..a little taste of summer in the winter
That sounds delicious!
post #107 of 603
Uhg!I won't be doing any Christmas making any time too soon.Our basement flooded and that's where the craft dungeon is.Plus all my spare time will be spent cleaning basement goo.

And other than the obvious basement flood troubles I'm in a bit of a present giving pickle.Right before the flood I finished up a present for an almost 2 yr old friend.It's high and dry.Only problem is...he is a twin and I didn't get to his sister's present yet.What do I do about that?
post #108 of 603
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I've started drying herbs and strawberries for xmas presents. I'm thinking of making a pancake mix with sried strawberries as a gift..a little taste of summer in the winter
Mmmmmm!
post #109 of 603
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OK, I love it. I'm in. Now to come up with ideas. I guess that's the hard part .
  • DS1 (will be 2 1/2 y/o)- hand-knit sweater, matching hat?
  • DS2 (will be two m/o) - Knitted & felted stocking to match DS1's... what the heck to put in it, I have no clue. Maybe I'll use wool scraps and knit and felt a bunch of wool balls?
  • Niece (will be just over a year) - knit sweater dress/jumper and matching hat?
  • Newphew (will be four y/o) - ??? Help me on this one! Sweater and hat like DS1's? I don't know him well and his family is NOT the handmade type...
  • BFF1's daughters (will be 5 and 3 y/o) - hats
  • BFF2's sons (will be 8mos and 2 y/o) - hats
  • DH - Uhh... hat? He's not one for the hand-knits and I'm kind of limited to that since I have no other skills
  • MIL/FIL and my parents, sisters, and BIL - Homemade cloudberry preserve from berries I pick myself? That's a lot of berry pickin'. Perhaps if I just do a "mixed" berry jelly; it's easier to pick tundra berries if you're not picky about just going for one specific type. And since I'll be all gigantic and preggo during berry-picking season, and tundra berries are on the ground, I need to make this as easy as possible for myself .

Oy. I better get to work.
Sounds great to me! I've never had a cloudberry but they sound nice. I'm making hats for about 14 of my relatives, mostly teens...my aunt and uncle adopted a lot of kids and it makes my Christmas list quite long! But don't forget you can make knitted toys too, or clothing items that are also toys. Adds a lot of interest for a 4 year old. Example: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...y-dragon-scarf or http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/piggy-mittens
post #110 of 603
I am planning to make a number of quillows for various people- my father, brother and DS 1 (2)

For DS 2, who will be 10 months come Christmas I am looking at making the following:

http://theadventuresofroryandjess.bl...-tutorial.html

http://homegrownhappy.blogspot.com/2...of-colors.html


I am planning to dye my own playsilks for both of my boys.

For my nieces/nephews, who just moved to a much snowier climate I am planning to make a snow man kit- it will have all the accessories you need to make a snowman- minus the snow
post #111 of 603

Living in time with nature

good thread.

If we were to live in time with nature, it would be very approproate to be thinking about winter, right now, in the summer. make sense? it is all about making our clothing and knitting scarves to keep us warm in winter. In winter, were we to live in time with nature, we would plan and dream for summer.
So, this thread is right on time Sisters!

Something new I am working on to get creative with my scarves is adding a little life to them. We belong to the Hopi Bear Clan, so animal totems are in our lives ALOT. SO, when practicing my knitting (purling) I decided that my scarf looked like a snake. I am going to take felt and stitch a tiny head, stuff it lightly and sew it on to the end of my already knitted scarf. The snake stands for transformation, which our planet is currently in the middle of...my friends young and old, will love all the different little animals that will come to life through my scarves. I am currently working on a panther for my husband. Black scarf, with black felted head. When I complete the project I will try to include pictures.

I hope to also learn to kneedle felt little animals. I have my eye on the fox kit at my local Wool store.

I think homemade wooden blocks, like the Nova Natural ones for little nephew will work.

lots of arts and craft supplies for our immediate family...chalks for my 5 year old, bc of his interest in art.

post #112 of 603
I just made blueberry jam to go with my stash of gift giving.

I gave away some of my strawberry jam and pineapple jelly that I made for the winter holiday gift giving to my dc's teachers for end-of-year presents. I will just make more, because there's nothing more fun than being in the kitchen whipping these things up.

Next is cantaloupe jam. Doesn't that sound good? Never made it before, but I will as soon as I find a deal on melons.


Thanks for all the inspiration on this thread!

p.s. Since it is 63 degrees and cloudy in Seattle, I thought it was a perfect day for making jam since it's not too hot in the kitchen. Small consolation for the crappy weather. sigh...
post #113 of 603
OK. So when this thread started on like January 1st I was not ready. I am now I think.

Anyone have any ideas for my sis- a college freshman still living at home? I am going to have a tough time coming up with ideas this year I think. Maybe I need to hit ravelry for some new ideas. I need several gifts for the 20 something sisters and new food ideas for the bils.

eta: I surfed Ravelry for some ideas.... And from my own project page I found a bunch of perfect ideas.

Sister 1: thrummed mittens (well I found 1 I made in my knitting bag) so I need to make the other. She loves mine.

Sister 2: Paris Loop poncho- this is like the best thing in the world to bf under. Convienient since she is expecting in September. But hers will be washable- DONE.

Sister 3: wristwarmers out of some super soft stash yarn- maybe alpaca or angora....

SIL: CPH (wanted to do this last year but ran out of time) I had intended on hers being wool- but will do easy to wash acrylic instead.

Niece 1: cute little felted purse.

N?2: cute little wool hat- DONE! perhaps a pair of baby socks- but also a crazy quilted color book.

Mom:
Dad:
MIL:
Gma:
Gpa: home raised meat
Gma: snapfish photo book
Gma: snapfish photo book

DD: cute little felted purse
pocket pal with black hair (mom.... you know.... like the one you made that other little girl.- sheesh)
pocket pal clothes. (like the ones I made that other little girl.-sheesh again)
crazy quilt- because she thinks she is too grown up for her other quilt.

DS1:
DS2:
DH:
post #114 of 603
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Uhg!I won't be doing any Christmas making any time too soon.Our basement flooded and that's where the craft dungeon is.Plus all my spare time will be spent cleaning basement goo.
OH NO, Rere! I hope ya'll got it all cleaned up and that your stuff can be saved.
post #115 of 603
I am trying to get most (or at least, a lot) of my gifts made this month. Last year I waited until December, and I was so busy that I couldn't relax and properly enjoy the holidays. Today I made 4 car rolls for little boys on my list. I put up pix of a couple of them on my blog. I guess I am still "on a roll," lol, because I think I am about to go in there and try to do a pencil roll that will hold a whole set of 24 watercolor pencils. The first one will be for me, but if I make it work right, then I will buy a new box of the Kimberly kind and make another roll for one of my sisters' gift. I might do a paintbrush roll for her instead, if the design i am planning does not work out. And while I have the rainbow fabrics out for the pencil rolls, I will do a crayon roll for fat crayons to put up for my baby's stocking; i think he might be ready for crayons by then.

I am trying to decide if I should wrap these gifts as I make them or just stash them in the chest and wrap them later. Probably should wait on the wrapping.

Rere, how's the basement?
post #116 of 603
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I am trying to get most (or at least, a lot) of my gifts made this month. Last year I waited until December, and I was so busy that I couldn't relax and properly enjoy the holidays. Today I made 4 car rolls for little boys on my list. I put up pix of a couple of them on my blog. I guess I am still "on a roll," lol, because I think I am about to go in there and try to do a pencil roll that will hold a whole set of 24 watercolor pencils. The first one will be for me, but if I make it work right, then I will buy a new box of the Kimberly kind and make another roll for one of my sisters' gift. I might do a paintbrush roll for her instead, if the design i am planning does not work out. And while I have the rainbow fabrics out for the pencil rolls, I will do a crayon roll for fat crayons to put up for my baby's stocking; i think he might be ready for crayons by then.

I am trying to decide if I should wrap these gifts as I make them or just stash them in the chest and wrap them later. Probably should wait on the wrapping.

Rere, how's the basement?
Really cute!I might add one of those to the list for my nephew.When my daughter was little I ALWAYS had a few cars in my bag for her.The little wrap would have been nice.

So glad you're getting stuff accomplished!

Last year I stashed all the presents in a foot locker as I made them.Wrapping was super unstressful(compared to previous years)and it was nice to see all the things I had made.So my suggestion would be wait on the wrapping.

The basement is slow going but it is drying out down there.Thanks for asking.
post #117 of 603
My sister and I have started to talk about holiday crafting...we really need to get started. Last year I started way too late and it got so stressful.

I have...

My son (will be five in January, want to get him Waldorf-y, nature related stuff)
Boyfriend (nerdy, gamer, musician/DJ, artsy)
Sister (artsy, feminist, reads a lot, into cooking/health food)
Mom (never sure what to get her...she always likes photos of us)
Boyfriend's dad (huuuuge Redskins fan)
Boyfriend's brother (gamer, huge car enthusiast, mechanic)
Boyfriend's brother's fiancee (we're close friends, girly)
Our best friend (musician, huge movie buff, artsy)

Those are the main people...plus I make cards to send out with containers of assorted homemade cookies.
post #118 of 603
I made six gifts last night! I did four colored pencil rolls, and two for fat crayons, for my baby and a little nephew.
I am thinking if I get most of my gifts made now, then that will leave me with lots of time in December for making chocolates and cookies and other yummy stuff
post #119 of 603
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I made six gifts last night! I did four colored pencil rolls, and two for fat crayons, for my baby and a little nephew.
I am thinking if I get most of my gifts made now, then that will leave me with lots of time in December for making chocolates and cookies and other yummy stuff
Good for you!That must feel great!
post #120 of 603
So these are not Christmas presents but I decided to share the presents I made for the twins because I like to share and because I was inspired by all of ms.shell's making.Plus I thought they would be cute Christmas ideas.
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