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Hi guys! Here I am, late as usual I loved this thread last year, so hi, excuse me, thanks, I will be jumping in now All you amazing ladies help counter my near inability to actually finish any project.

Here's my list. Now I know some of them have already been linked on this thread, because I read all the way through it (whew!) and picked up ideas and threw them into my desktop gift planner as I went, but I am going to add links to everything I can anyway so they are all right here. (Does anyone do the desktop gift planner thing, btw? I forget where I saw it originally, I started doing it a few years ago. Basically it's a series of folders and text documents, but I won't go into it unless anyone is actually interested )

DH - (There are stories behind both the wallet and the hoody but I don't want to bore anyone )
Hoody with appliqued comic of him riding a war tortoise
Wallet (Still looking for a good tutorial on this one)
Bookmarks (Want to try one or two of these corner ones, but anyone know any other good ideas / tutorials for them? He's always using squares of TP....

Parents - (We have 3 sets because DH's have separated and re-partnered)
Paper Mache Birds made with DD1's assistance
Glass Pebble Magnets
Marbleized Glass Ornaments made by DD1
Wax Dipped Pine Cones - also made by DD1
Christmas Lanterns with DD1 of course
Tiny Totes (what I will be putting the magnets in) Finished - Pictures
Tea Towels by DD1. These in the tute are made into skirts, but we are going to make an experimental one and see if it will still be absorbent enough to keep as tea towels to gift to her grandparents. I think it would be so sweet. I'll let you know how that goes

Siblings - (I'm also lumping them together since they are going to get many of the same things )
D20 Bag of Holding - Little Brother

Beer Bottle Cap Magnets - BIL

Freezer Paper Printed Beer Theme Shirt - BIL
Lunch Money Cuffs (Thank goodness for whoever listed this, I was at a real loss for my brothers!!)
Rice Packs - Like these but I like to make them longer (for throw-around-your-neck-ability) with smaller channels and also to add a seam down the middle to keep everything in place.
Roller Derby Bag - For my SIL, uh.. any suggestions on this? I don't even really know what she needs it to do...

Leaf Luminary - Other SIL


There will also be paper lanterns, paper mache birds, and marbleized ornaments thrown in there for some siblings.


Nieces / Nephews, 2 to 4 y/os -
Kitty and Fox Hats - similar to this I made for both my DDs
Crayon Circles - Made out of broken crayons in a mini muffin pan Finished
Bath Fizzies

Bath Stickers - Packaged similar to this.
Crown and Wand Sets - Just finished making a crown for DD1, and made her a wand this past Spring, it's been a big hit so I know the other kiddos will enjoy them. Again, will post a link when I get them up.



Nieces / Nephews, 5 to 7 y/os -
Pine Cone Birdfeeder Kit
Activity Bag - I want to make a cute bag and put a pad of paper and coloured pencils in it, and I want more, too, but I haven't thought of what, any ideas?
Snowflake Kit

Niece, 13 y/o -
Velvet Journal

Sugar Scrubs

Some of these overlap age ranges, like they will all be getting bath fizzies, but you get the idea. I think each group of siblings will also receive a Snowman Kit if I can manage, especially the 3 that just moved here from California and are so excited for the snow

DH's Grandma -
Teacup Candle - We made it by putting a coffee tin on some metal spoons in a pot of water because we don't have a double boiler. We used a can punch to make a spout to pour from, and old candles melted down for our wax. We threw in some brown and white broken crayon pieces for a nice, creamy tea colour - careful - it took very little. We bought a couple wicks at the craft store, and wrapped the tops around a pencil that we laid across the cup to keep the wick in place when we poured the wax in.
She'll also get a paper mache bird or two

DD1 - (who will be 3 come February)
Hair clips - Just going to glue on felt or ribbon strips and then tack on flowers / bow / felt mushrooms... whatever other felt creations strike me
Card Table House -Something less ambitious than this (which I love) but as much as I can manage
She'll also get bath fizzies.

Invisable Dog

Diaper Bag - Scaling down this messenger bag and making a wipes case with wipes and diapers like these, a changing pad, and maybe a simple dolly stuffy

DD2 - (who will be 5 months by then)
Toy Gathering Bucket
I was going to try a colour book but my mum said she wanted to make it, so, okay!

Play Quilt

The girls will collectively receive an amazing doll house that was given to me as a child and never got put together because it came without its instructions.. my parents are going to bring it over and DH says he will build it. All I really remember about it is that it looked crazy awesome and lived in a big, flat cardboard box under my bed through several moves. Oh, and the bag of individual shingles. A photo journal I found online said it took him 13 months O.O so maybe this will end up being next x-mas...

Oooooookay. I think I got everything up there, I hope this helps get a few more ideas in the pool for anyone still trying to figure things out. I am still trying to think of something else for my brothers than just the money cuffs, they are 23 and 29 and both pretty geeky, the older is also artsy, so I would appreciate any ideas there


Edited by Juise - 11/30/10 at 3:19pm
post #402 of 603
:yawning Okay, here's the applique I tried. I will shoot for having the crowns up tomorrow, and the wands hopefully sometime this week.

Oh, also I forgot I want to get some food items done for family, too. I'm thinking truffles and jam and cookies and putting the food dehydrator to use on something other than my placenta Perhaps cinnamon apple rings and other dried fruit treats.

Okay, 2am, I'm so in bed.
post #403 of 603
Juise, the cat is so darn cute! My oldest just walked in, saw it and asked if I could make her something like that . I had to tell her after the holidays! No worries about starting late, I did too. Hopefully we can both get things done in time!

Just found out the mail by date to get things to the states on time is December 6th, so I want to have everything mailed Thanksgiving weekend. I don't want to be caught in the 3-4 hour line that is always there the last day to mail things.
post #404 of 603
oh Juise, I"m going to try those wax pine cones! What a fun craft to do with the kids over winter break. Maybe even the glass painted ornaments too!

everyone is getting me so inspired!
post #405 of 603
Hey! I got two more ideas this morning. First of all, can you say, "stocking stuffer"? This is so great, I think I will make a set for DD1 with trees and mushrooms and animals and what-not And I think these will be a great, easy, super fun extra gift to throw in for pretty much all the kids on my list. I'm so excited! I want to make all sorts of sets Over at this site, you can see an example of how they packaged them up nice. I'm guessing that's just a zip-lock bag with heavy paper stapled on top, but you could just use a strip of glue, or maybe hot glue, to preserve the bag and keep the packaging safe for little fingers. They also point out that really you can use these all sorts of places besides the bath. Windows, dishwasher doors, refrigerator, etc.. with a dish of water. If you don't read through Filth Wizardry's post, I think it is an important note that when wet they should be kept with their bag open so they don't get nasty.

Secondly, I was watching DD1 walk around all morning trailing a ribbon and saying that she was "taking Trixie for a walk" which is my MIL and FIL's dog. And I thought, holy crow, she would love an invisible dog! If you use a harness instead of a collar it would be easy for them to slip stuffed animals in for walks sometimes, too. Now I just need to figure out how to make one This site has two different methods for making the leash, but that doesn't help with the harness, maybe stiffening it with glue?
post #406 of 603
I just saw a great gift idea cute tutorial for a hanging jewelry organizer with snapping fabric loops to hold necklaces, bracelets. So cute! I definitely want to make one of these for my sister.
http://www.polkadotchair.com/2010/04...g-jewelry.html

i just thought i should share this link with you mamas.

I need to make lots and lots more gifts, especially as I have already given many that I had previously stashed....I will be back to gift making soon.
post #407 of 603
Juise, those bath toys are so cute! I wish my youngest didn't chew on everything she sees. Shes already taken a bite out of a few of DD1's bath toys.
Oh for your SIL's derby bag- is it horse derbys you are talking about? Does she got there to just watch or does she work with the horse/do other things?

Ms. Shell- Those jewerly organizers are so cute! I have to keep that in mind for next year, I think my plate is full this year. . I know my MIL and SILs would all love them since they all complain about their jewerly being tangled all the time.
post #408 of 603
Oh! It didn't even cross my mind that there is more than one kind of derby I mean, I know there is, don't know why I didn't think about it. SIL does roller derby! I'm thinking right now though that since my sewing skills.. uh.. suck.. maybe I can thrift a good, sturdy bag, like a gym bag, perhaps, and then screen print her derby name / number on it, maybe add some screen printed patches. Since I'll only be doing her bag, actually, maybe I will freezer paper stencil on it with screen printing ink or fabric paint. Hmmm...

I've only done it a couple times, but I was really happy with it when I did. I made these onesies for Kaia a long time ago. I was only using my blog to share photos with family at the time, before everyone had facebook, so I only put up pictures, not instructions. Here is a nice looking tutorial I found, though, if anyone is interested to try it out, it's fun

However, that 13 y/o niece I have? I really don't want to try to make her that lunch Bag, in fact, I'm terrified of it. I just don't have any other ideas at all. I would really like to avoid this! She does the horse thing, though. Riding / shows / ...jumping? I guess? I'm afraid I don't know much about it. So if you had some horsey type ideas, share those, too!
post #409 of 603
Thought I'd add some of the gifts I have given in the past that were a huge hit, too. Then I am done for now for sure.

These cute little gnomes and mice were really easy to make and still much loved. After giving my niece the gnomes she spent tons of time making a house for them with a shoe box, diorama style, a play yard, clay food, etc.

Play dough
is what I made last year and gave to most the kids on my list, it was easy to make in big batches and then divide out.
post #410 of 603
Juise- if you can find an old bowling bag it should be big enough for her skates to go in.. then you can make it pretty and all.
Horses- I use to ride a lot (if you couldn't tell from the fact the first thing that popped into my head is a Horse Derby). When I was around 13 I was given a porcelain horse doll (kind of like a porcelain doll but a horse instead) that I love, it was painted to look like the horse I rode. I still have it, my MIL is keeping it in one piece and brushed up the paint chips for me so its in good condition when we return to the states. If you latch hook you could make her a rug. At 13 she might like a western style skirt but that might be something to avoid if you want to avoid the sewing machine.

So I filled up the beanbag I had previously made, put it down on the table and it disappeared.. I found it, the girls are playing catch with it in their playroom! hahaha guess that is the danger of making things around the people you are making them for.
post #411 of 603
Juise, for your Activity Bags you could call them "Nature Bags" and fill the tote with a nature journal, colored pencils in a felt roll, and add a wildflower or bird nature guide with it. I'm making these for my kids and their cousins this year.

LOVE all the ideas you passed along, thank you!
post #412 of 603
I took my ds on a pinecone hunt today so we could do the pinecone wax craft later on in the month. we found lots of skinny closed pinecones, but none of the short fat open ones. Is this a time of the year thing or a type of tree thing??
post #413 of 603
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Originally Posted by Softmama View Post
I took my ds on a pinecone hunt today so we could do the pinecone wax craft later on in the month. we found lots of skinny closed pinecones, but none of the short fat open ones. Is this a time of the year thing or a type of tree thing??
You might want to try heating them....http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombre...ifer_cones.htm

It could also have something to do with them being male or female...make cones are 'woodier' and female ones are more 'papery'

The type of tree can also make a difference
post #414 of 603
Got DD2's beanbags done today. Im procrastinating in working on the journals honestly. I need to sit down and look at my to do list and might have to shorten it. My Dh was suppose to be taking time off and its not happening, that added to longer hours at work means I have less time with someone to occupy the girls so I can sew.

ETA: I sat down to "shorten" my list and it got longer . I did shift some things around (making things for birthdays instead of Christmas) so I don't have to rush to make it by the December 6th deadline. I redid my list here editing out all the birthday/other stuff and seperating it by name so it doesn't make me almost hyperventilate when I look at it. I think Im going to start at the top and just work my way down that way.
post #415 of 603
Couple more idea I'm rolling around DH's step-sister is due with a new baby I think in February? and I found this pattern for booties . I think I will make the baby booties with a matching appliqued onesie, like this. Only I need to figure out what colours / theme, she's very uh.. trendy? And particular, I guess? I am worried about her liking it.

As in, just went to her 2 y/o daughter's birthday and their DD was playing with a little make up purse, maybe? Or maybe a clutch? Anyway, they played with it for 30 minutes of so before my MIL stepped in and said, you know, let's find something else for you guys to play with, that's a $200 bag. I can't imagine ever paying that much for any bag, let alone one no bigger than my fists! I splurged on a really nice hiking backpack once because it was on sale and I use it, and it was $75

Okay that's all besides the point, I'm just still shocked. Here's my real dilemma - They are not positive if it is a boy or a girl, and I'm not sure they would put a girl in anything but pink or purple, and they certainly wouldn't put either of those on a boy. Their first u/s they were told they were having a boy and they painted the baby's room blue, and the next u/s they were told they were mistaken and it is actually a girl. Now they just don't feel they can be sure, and she was crying because she doesn't know what colour to paint the baby's room because it has to be blue or pink. What would you do? Would you just not make the baby a gift? I'd feel bad, but at the same time I don't want to put so much love and effort into something they won't like or use. I don't even know if they donate things they don't use, or just throw them away.

The other ideas:

Produce Bags
Velvet Journal

And for that 13 y/o girl I am thinking I may go with some sugar scrubs, the bath fizzers I posted before, and lip balm in a little basket. There are always a million little baskets / decorative boxes at the thrift stores, I'm sure I can find something suitable. Oh, and truffles
post #416 of 603
Im making my SIL (who is pregnant and due 2 weeks after me) a baby's blanket. They are pretty sure its a boy but Im making it neutral. Do they have a theme for the baby? My SIL is doing a jungle theme so I got this jungle panel that Im backing in a green flannel (that was its neutral because I don't know bout you but I got tired of seeing all the same color when I had my first baby).
As for knitting, you can do a white/green color yarn for the booties. If I have time I want to knit up this hat and these booties I will probably do them in a greenish color for my SIL and blue color (I already have the yarn for it, I matched it to his coming home outfit) for my little one. Another idea is instead of doing a clothing item you could do some toys, Im doing ribbon animals for both babies. Knitting you could do:
a cute little bear
some play balls
A cute little kitty
And just because I can't help myself when I find a cute monkey pattern: A little monkey
Another thing, Im making my SIL a diaper changing kit, basically a bag with compartments for a small wipes case, a couple of diapers and a changing mat thats small enough to easily grab and go into the restroom with to change the baby.

Theres more but Im suppose to be sewing not playing on the computer.. . I expect my girls to be up soon since DH wasn't home last night and they always wake early when hes not home.
post #417 of 603
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You might want to try heating them....http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombre...ifer_cones.htm

It could also have something to do with them being male or female...make cones are 'woodier' and female ones are more 'papery'

The type of tree can also make a difference
That is amazing info. Thanks for sharing!
post #418 of 603
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You might want to try heating them....http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombre...ifer_cones.htm
I am currently baking my pine cones! my house smells like burnt dirt
I keep peeking at them and some of them are opening up!!
Thanks for this tip, I had NO idea.
post #419 of 603
Uhg!I sort of forgot about my daughter's list.She's still at an age where I need to be responsible for the stuff she's making people but I'm not feeling it this year.Isn't that horrible?

Anyway what are your kids making for people?

So far the only idea I have is to paint a bird house for grandma.Maybe she can make felted soaps for people?Hmmm?I guess I need to start her list.
post #420 of 603
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I am currently baking my pine cones! my house smells like burnt dirt
I keep peeking at them and some of them are opening up!!
Thanks for this tip, I had NO idea.
Awesome! Glad it's working...wouldn't it be nice if it made the house smell like Christmas trees though
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