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post #21 of 386
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 I did see a neat idea of making photo cubes out of CD cases, anyone know where I can get clear cases without the CDs? I don't have any since most of my CDs are old and I don't save the case, they go right into a binder when I get them

 

I've purchased CD cases at places like Office Max or Office Depot. 

 

A new baby and a move?  Wow!  Congrats on the new baby and I hope your move goes smoothly!

 

 

post #22 of 386

Still no Christmas making but I did make a blanket and teether for a baby shower gift.

 

Maybe I need to make a list to get motivated...

post #23 of 386
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Cute, rere!

 

I just started knitting a hat for my nephew using superwash merino wool.  It's soft, so very kid-friendly.  I will also knit hats for my other nephew and niece.  That's what I've started for the winter holidays so far!!

 

My Mother's Day gifts for my mom are done.  I sewed a super cute tote bag, lined with pockets out of decorator fabric, so it's a little thicker than what would have been out of cotton fabric.  I also knitted her a hand-towel for her bathroom using organic cotton yarn in an earth tone color.  And, some washcloths to match the crazy turquoise color she just painted in her bathroom.

 

Anyone else working on anything for the holidays, or just general gift-giving???

 

Peace!

post #24 of 386

I found this fort kit tutorial in my internet surfing today and thought I'd share it. Unfortunatetly I think all the kids I know are still too young for it (exept maybe the 5 year-old?) but it would be a great idea for an older child. If I do end up making it, I think I'll use some of the modifications on this blog post though.

 

I really need to sit down and compile a list (aka action plan) for Christmas gifts. I do know my brother's getting a scarf (and maybe a wool hat too), and I liked how the freezer paper stenciling worked out on one gift I made last year so I can see myself doing more of those.

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I found this fort kit tutorial in my internet surfing today and thought I'd share it. Unfortunatetly I think all the kids I know are still too young for it (exept maybe the 5 year-old?) but it would be a great idea for an older child. If I do end up making it, I think I'll use some of the modifications on this blog post though.

 

I really need to sit down and compile a list (aka action plan) for Christmas gifts. I do know my brother's getting a scarf (and maybe a wool hat too), and I liked how the freezer paper stenciling worked out on one gift I made last year so I can see myself doing more of those.


What a great gift idea.  I think a 5 year-old would use it for sure. 

 

I just finished a knitted hat for my youngest nephew for Christmas.  It's the first hat I've made in years and I love the way it turned out.  I am not clever enough, however, to post a picture of it!

 

Peace ~
 

 

post #26 of 386
Formy mothers birthday I made a "pampering kit" that hade a knit wash cloth, a soap sack, homemade lotion bar nuggets and homemade lemon sugar scrub. I did the same for my MIL for mother's day and added a knit market bag. My mom got just the knit market bag and pictures I took of the kids. I'm making the women in my family socks for Christmas, My sister's are done. Sis is getting a market bag and lotion bar nuggets for her birthday this month. Dh is hopefully getting his Celtic knotwork scarf for Father's day ( it was supposed to be for Christmas then birthday....). Niece's and ds's birthday are still up in the air.
post #27 of 386

I am already planning our holiday gifting, as well. I have in mind apple butter and biscuit mix, blueberry syrup and pancake mix, and cocoa mix and homemade marshmallows.

I am also planning on making coasters, placemats and bags to cover the mixes, plus I have some yards of chalkboard fabric that need to be used desperately. I am ISO something to do with that. 

 

Subbing for great ideas!

post #28 of 386

magpie- are there little ones on your holiday making list? I made rolled up chalkboards for my girls (2 and 4) and they are great for car trips, doctor offices, church etc.. basically anyplace that you need them to be quiet. They are also super simple to make.

post #29 of 386

HA!Love the fort kit idea!

 

Made a wrist wallet for an awesome 15 yr old.

post #30 of 386

Ok I think I'll start an official list for motivation.

 

Husband-(finished)

 

Daughter(7yrs)-OP(finished)

 

Mom-Leg warmers(finished) mittens(finished) and hooded scarf(finished)

 

Stepfather-photo art(finished)

 

Sister-Leg warmers(finished)and mittens(finished)bath salts in nice jars(finished)colored soaps in a nice jar(finished)

 

BIL-pin holder(finished)

 

Nephew(2yrs old)-play food(finished) and mini shopping bag(finished)

 

Brother-cup cozy(finished) travel mug(have it) and teas and some sort of food?

 

Grab Bag- a stocking with syrup in it(finished)

 

MIL-journal(finished)tissue holder(finished)pouch(finished) and  photo calendar(finished)

 

Uncle-photo collage(finished)

 

5yr old Cousin-cape(finished)

 

Woman Friend- apron (finished)

 

Man Friend-sweater pillow(finished)

 

Teenage Boy Friend-t-shirt w/skinny tie freezer stenciled on(finished)

 

Tweenage Girl Friend-hat(finished)and matching mittens(finished)

 

7yr old Friend-pillow(finished)

 

Awesome Crafty Friend-funny pillow(finished)

 

Lady friend-apron(finished)

 

Neighbor Lady-Journal(finished)

 

Friends(a couple)-oven mitt (finished)and chocolate chip cookies(and mugs decorated by my daughter)

 

Friends(a family of 5)-blanket made from sweaters(finished)

 

Friends-garland(finished)

 

Ornament  Exchange - mouse(finished)

 

 

 

 

And my daughter's making list:

 

various cousins and aunts-decorated mini notebooks(finished)

 

Nani-candle holder(finished)calendar?

 

Grandfather-pot holder(finished)

 

Titi-lavender pouch(finished)

 

Uncle-book mark(finished)

 

cousin-decorated shirt(finished)

 

Grandma-gingerbread house(finished)

 

Friends(a grown couple)-decorated mugs(finished)

 

Neighbor Guy-pot holder(finished)

 

Friend-pot holder(finished)

 

 

 


Edited by rere - 12/24/11 at 10:31am
post #31 of 386

The chalkboards is why I bought the stuff! I am going to make them and put them on the back of a placemat that will roll up and can travel that way. Now for the "how"!
 

I am also going to make the kids new lunch sacks and bag sets over the summer. Not holiday stuff, but still... homemade. That's another project I have neglected.

 

post #32 of 386

Ok,I'm determined to go start a Christmas present right now!(Notice how I have to write it here to hold myself accountable so that I don't get side tracked.)

post #33 of 386

Ooh, I'd love to join in! Last Christmas was fun, but a little excessive. Way too much waste, and the kids don't play with half the stuff they were given (not by us).

 

This year, my hope is to make all their gifts. Other than the books we give them-those I will buy. I like the fort idea for my (will be 6 year old) DS. For DD, we're thinking a dollhouse. DH is not good with tools though, so not sure how we would make that.

 

For my family, I'm thinking of making picture frames and putting in pictures of the kids.

 

DH family, I have no idea.

post #34 of 386
I love this thread! Every year I say I want to do some handmade gifts and every year I fail due to lack of planning. So I'm going to join this thread and hope for the best!
post #35 of 386

Yay! I'm back in this year.

I'll be able to do more, because we're moving to a bigger place and my sister gave me her sewing machine! 

My list is still being worked out.

post #36 of 386

Well,I made an apron for my friend BUT I'm not happy with the way it turned out.I can't tell if it just needs "more"or if it's just not "right".Well,I know the pockets aren't right(or at least I don't like them)so I'll be ripping those off so that I can make them fuller.Here I come my dear seam ripper...

post #37 of 386

Phew!I fixed the apron.I finally realized that I was thinking of two different people while I was making it.So even though I was going for a mix matched thing,it just wasn't right.SoI ripped it apart and now I made two aprons and they definitely both "flow" way better and "fit" the person they are for.YAY!Two presents made!

post #38 of 386

Here are the aprons.

post #39 of 386

I'm totally OCD and have an Excel sheet where I track Christmas gifts for each year; I've been doing it for about five years now. Helps me plan in advance how much money I need, how much time it will take to do and prevents duplicating gifts from year to year.

 

I've got most of this year's list filled in, but I need to start actually making things. Some of what I'll be crafting this year includes -

 

- Zippered throw pillows

- Wire bail mason jar soy candles

- Learn-to-sew sewing cards with yarn

- Custom spice rub set

- Grilling "tool belt"

- Home made apple spice schapps (I make a different flavor every year)

 

I've got to figure out gifts for a few more people yet too. Our son is due in September, so I should probably get on it already...

post #40 of 386

rere - I love love love love love the aprons!! They are perfect for what I am looking for in an apron personally. I don't want a gethered mess, and I just want something I can pop on and wrap round. I am totally snagging the idea and making them for my sisters and myself. Thank you! I feel like a dolt for not being able to visualiza that better in my mind.

I am working on some gifts now for the kids' teachers, some bottle cap magnets. I saw them on etsy and loved the idea, and I think I am making them part of our Christmas gifting, too. Super easy and fun. Plus, who doesn't need magnets? I know I can always use a few more no matter how many I have.

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