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post #21 of 122
LaLa- Make your own kaluha or other alcohol? Very cool! That sounds like something the men in my family would find interesting- how do I get directions for that? I tired googling it but couldn't figure out the right words to ask and kept getting directions for mixed drinks.

Thanks,
Laura
post #22 of 122
I am still trying to decide what to make everyone. My family is happy with whatever I make but my inlaws are not crafty people and do not appreicate what I make My daughter wants me to make my grandaughters presents, she wants everythinmg to be natural and hand crafted. I need some ideas ladies lol, she is almost 2.
post #23 of 122
NanaJewel- Check out this link:
http://www.joyswaldorfdolls.com/doll...t_eyes_kit.htm

Great kit to make a doll that I think would be great for a 2 year old.
post #24 of 122
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Originally Posted by NannaJewel
I am still trying to decide what to make everyone. My family is happy with whatever I make but my inlaws are not crafty people and do not appreicate what I make My daughter wants me to make my grandaughters presents, she wants everythinmg to be natural and hand crafted. I need some ideas ladies lol, she is almost 2.
My ILs are the same way. I compromise, by ordering something from shutterfly with dd's picture...I've given them travel mugs, mouse pad, calendar, etc. Would any of that work? Your dd could pick the pictures? I also made a travel mug for them once with pictures of dd and a cropped background. Got the do it yourself mug from Starbucks, but I'm pretty sure I've seen them at Hobby Lobby. HL also has those kits for gifts your dd could make them, like a decorated plate or tote bag with her own design. How could they not appreciate something she made?
post #25 of 122
I'm getting such great ideas! Love this thread!

LaLa, thanks for the ideas on what to give the men!
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post #28 of 122
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Originally Posted by OTMomma
Oh, I just found some beautiful fleece on a clearance rack and I got some to make dd a no sew poncho and I'm making a matching one for her doll.
OTMomma, would you mind sharing your pattern or how to make the no-sew poncho? I did a google search but didn't come up with much. I've made a no-sew blanket before and found it pretty easy so I think I could handle the poncho. I would like to make one for each of my girls for Christmas and possibly their dolls if I have enough time!

Also we are planning on making a scrapbook for one very close relative -- dd is doing it herself (with some help ) and we are hoping to make one for my mom or make her a photo calendar. I am trying to make dd a scrapbook with all of his family pics but I am not sure if I am getting in over my head. I would need to finish before the babe gets here in about 14 weeks. That's all so far...but I am loving all the great ideas here!
post #29 of 122
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Originally Posted by dziejen
OTMomma, would you mind sharing your pattern or how to make the no-sew poncho? I did a google search but didn't come up with much. I've made a no-sew blanket before and found it pretty easy so I think I could handle the poncho. I would like to make one for each of my girls for Christmas and possibly their dolls if I have enough time!
sure! My pattern was sort of a combo of what I found on line and then I made up the rest. So here's what I did:
I folded a corner of my fleece to a triange (so that I could cut it to a square), used one of dd's shirts to guage the length, and made the long side of my triangle a little longer than her shirt from wrist to wrist, then cut out my other 2 sides so that I had a square.
I positioned it like a diamond and cut one small line across at center side to side - about the length of dd's neck hole from above shirt, then I cut a line towards my front corner 3-5" long. I then fringed the edges with 4" long and about 1/2 to 1" wide. I found it was best to cut at a perfect perpendicular to the fabric, instead of trying to angle from the corners. I ended up with a notch out at each corner. I then tied each of the fringes to have a knot at the base. And I was done! Tada! I measured the doll one based on the doll's arm length and did it the same way, except I didn't bother to cut the fringe as long or to knot it. I think it took me 2 hours to do it all.

If some of this doesn't make sense, ask and I'll try to clarify.

Peace,
Laura
post #30 of 122
I will get the fleece and try it out (might do the doll's first in case I get mixed up!) and if I have more questions I will ask. Thank you so much!!
post #31 of 122
I think I will be making some photo tiles for gifts
~~Nancy
post #32 of 122
Thread Starter 
This recipe was posted on the boards a couple of years ago. I can't remember who posted it originally? Roses maybe?
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Kahula
KahluaReady in 2 to 4 months Makes about 1 1/2 quarts2 cups water1/4 plus 2 Tlb instant coffee (freshly opened jar)3 1/2 c granulated sugar1 vanilla bean split2 3/4 cups vodka3/4 c brandy1/4 tsp choc. extract1 drop red food coloring heat water in med. saucepan. When hot, add coffee and stir until dissolved. Add sugar and vanilla bean, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Immediately reduce heat so that a very low boil is maintained for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Pour vodka and brandy into a finf container. Add the cooled coffee mixture and the chocolate extract. Srit well. Cap and let age in a cool dark place for 3 weeks. After initial aging, strain liqueur though a cloth lined wire mest strainer over a large bowl. Repeat until desired clarity is reached Stir in food coloring. Bottle cap and let age an additional 1 to 3 months.
post #33 of 122
How cool would something like this be for a gift?? Maybe a recipe holder, address rolodex, photo holder....

http://cgi.ebay.com/SCHOOL-GIRL-lunc...QQcmdZViewItem
post #34 of 122
Thanks Lala!
post #35 of 122
I am so excited reading these posts. I have such a hard time with gift giving! I usually want to do too much. I need to give away most of my store bought things too and start making my own stuff. You have all inspired me! I did do 4 batches of peach jam, but sadly after 5 days some of the jars are popping up! This is only my second time canning, but last time I had super success! I was going to marbelize some scarfs for ladies and ties for the men in my life. Have never marbelized before, but I am always up for trying something new. I did do it on paper before and it was great.
post #36 of 122
Thread Starter 
If you can paint or have a steady hand, these are very fun crafts!
http://www.flyingwomandesigns.com/

I have purchased some word art from flying woman and I love it. It makes me smile whenever I see it!

A friend made ma a word art that is very similar in style


My husband has made custom knitting needles (wooden ones)

And I just went to Micheals and they had 8 packs of cards that said "knitting" on them with a little sweater and ball of yarn. Very cute to add to a gift basket for a knitter!
post #37 of 122
Has anyone used those magnetic sheets that you can put through your printer? I saw them in a craft shop and am thinking about doing some custom magnetic poetry or tangram puzzles for DH and my brothers.
post #38 of 122
Thread Starter 
That is a good idea!
I was just thinking last night of using some of this iron on paper and making the girls custom library bags with iron ons that have pictures of their favorite books and some text above about "My Library Books" or some such thing?
post #39 of 122
LaLa~That's an awesome idea about the library bags! We all share one girly butterfly bag of mine and now that my boys are older and checking out more of their own materials, i'm sure they'd love their own bags! Putting that one on the list!
post #40 of 122

what we are making

I am making everyone an ornament for Christmas. Thinking of making the Christmas Spider from german story. Found the pattern to make them the other day.
I am making baby booties and hats for any newborns of family and friends.
My 3 year old is going to help me make cinnamon ornaments for the tree. He is amazing with cookie cutters
I will have a baby right before Halloween, so I hope I get everything done. Will be an adjustment with 2 in the house.
Going to have a photo lab make a ornament with the two boys on it for the grandparents and great grandparents.
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