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post #101 of 177
: Thanks everyone for the great ideas!
post #102 of 177
I am planning to make these storage pockets that go on your bed. It is a long strip that has a pocket on both ends. I plan to make 2 pockets. The strip goes between your matress & box spring. Then the pockets hang down on each side of the bed. It gives you somewhere to put magazines, glasses, pen paper, etc, etc...... I don't have a pattern, I'm just going to wing it. It figure the strip needs to be about 3 feet longer than the width of the mattress. To give you 1.5 feet on each side. The first pocket will be about 12 inches deep and the second pocket will be sewed on top of that & about 6-8 inches deep. I think the strip will probably be about 12 inches wide also. What do you guys think? Would you enjoy this as a Christmas gift? I am giong to try to use up a lot of extra fabric I have laying around & try to either match everyone's room or go with simple muslin on some.
post #103 of 177
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I am planning to make these storage pockets that go on your bed. It is a long strip that has a pocket on both ends. I plan to make 2 pockets. The strip goes between your matress & box spring. Then the pockets hang down on each side of the bed. It gives you somewhere to put magazines, glasses, pen paper, etc, etc...... I don't have a pattern, I'm just going to wing it. It figure the strip needs to be about 3 feet longer than the width of the mattress. To give you 1.5 feet on each side. The first pocket will be about 12 inches deep and the second pocket will be sewed on top of that & about 6-8 inches deep. I think the strip will probably be about 12 inches wide also. What do you guys think? Would you enjoy this as a Christmas gift? I am giong to try to use up a lot of extra fabric I have laying around & try to either match everyone's room or go with simple muslin on some.
I think that is a great idea!!!

Still trying to think of something to make for my brother...he's a big cook, so homemade goodies aren't as appreciated as they would be by non-cooking men...
post #104 of 177
I like doing themes baskets also, especially for a family. Here are some ideas..

Movie tickets and money for popcorn and snacks
A movie, popcorn popper, and popcorn flavors like cheese, caramel
Bath kits with a book
Wine and wine glasses
A wok, chop sticks, and a recipe book on cooking chinese food

Some more practical ones are
New laundry basket, filled with detergent, fabric softener, cloths pins, and line
Dish soap, new pot holders, wash rags, small kitchen towels, anti bacterial soap
Two jumbo bath towels, tooth paste, tooth brushes, soap...
Cleaning supply kit put together, great for new house or young couple
Baking supplies kit
post #105 of 177
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post #106 of 177
I found this site, for kids to do on fathers day, but hey, we could use the ideas or kids could use it too.

(includes ideas for making a t-shirt with handprints, hand mold, puzzle card)

http://www.freekidcrafts.com/kid_fat...aft_ideas.html
post #107 of 177
subbing...excellent ideas

sahmama what base oil do you use for your bath oil?
post #108 of 177
Starr-- I wish you could suggest some of your practical ideas to my relatives. I would love to receive any of those packages!
post #109 of 177
I just noticed in my community ed flyer there is class for making your own bath salts, oils, and more. Cost for the class is $22 but it says that includes supplies for everything as well as instructions to take home. I am t hinking about taking it and that way I could make my own bath kits to hand out as gifts and for Birthdays down the road. I thought they might make a nice gift for DCP, neighbors, co workers, and all the little $5 gifts that seem to add up.

I much rather would have family gifts or tickets to do something than just stuff laying around the house.
post #110 of 177
last year, i got a cheap ($5) white apron for my MIL, and fabric paint, and put the kids handprints all over it. she lives far away, and often complains that she doesn't get to bake with the kids.

my dad also got a cheap white shirt with the kid's handprints on it, and my mom got a used (but perfectly good and clean) canvas bag with handprints and iron-on transfers of the kids' artwork. it's really cheap to buy the iron on transfer paper, and you just print it right off the computer, then iron on to fabric. the package came with lots of paper, so we even have left overs.

this year, i think i'll make each of the grandparents, plus my niece, a tape of the kids singing songs. maybe even christmas songs, if they can learn a few new ones. i know my MIL in particular will love this.

i may even make a tape for my niece and nephew of me reading them some stories, and then i'll include copies of the books with it. i will be using used books, yard sale books, books my kids have outgrown, etc. so it shouldnt' be too expensive. i think it would also be cute for my kids to help "read" the stories to thier cousins.
post #111 of 177
one thing i'm going to try to put together for my little niece is a pretend restaurant set. she has lots of play food that she likes to play with, so i thought this might be a cute idea.
so far, i've thought of
an apron (purchased cheaply or made)
a receipt book
menus printed of the computer, and laminated with my xyron
a cheap calculator
some play money from the dollar store


you could also make a similar kit for a pretend beauty salon (perm rods or sponge rollers from the dollar store, nail files, a cape, either purchased or cut out of a cheap shower curtain, combs, etc.)

i'm also sewing some felt finger puppets and play food for levi right now.

i have several other things that i want to make, but i'll have to see how much time i have. after i finish levi's stuff.
post #112 of 177
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one thing i'm going to try to put together for my little niece is a pretend restaurant set. she has lots of play food that she likes to play with, so i thought this might be a cute idea.
so far, i've thought of
an apron (purchased cheaply or made)
a receipt book
menus printed of the computer, and laminated with my xyron
a cheap calculator
some play money from the dollar store


you could also make a similar kit for a pretend beauty salon (perm rods or sponge rollers from the dollar store, nail files, a cape, either purchased or cut out of a cheap shower curtain, combs, etc.)

i'm also sewing some felt finger puppets and play food for levi right now.

i have several other things that i want to make, but i'll have to see how much time i have. after i finish levi's stuff.
This is a great idea.
post #113 of 177
Ok, I think I have an idea for my brother. I think I'll make him a conatiner herb garden to use in his cooking. And maybe add some fresh herb recipes with it. I think I'll have dd decorate the container. Where can I get cheap herb plants? And to those culinary artists out there...what herbs would you suggest?
post #114 of 177
Last year I made my parents a "photo dvd". It is pretty easy if you have a DVD writer on your computer and a program like Nero. I set the pics to change every 4 secs and matched them up to a Beautiful song called "Butterfly Kisses" I put the pics of when they got married first, then when my brother came along...his growing up years, and his family, then mine then my sisters. As we'll as their parent's and any close family animals.

They both loved it and cried. I made a copy for myself too. It's really great. Also you can buy DVD covers so I put a picture of my parents at their wedding on the front of the DVD.

K
post #115 of 177
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Originally Posted by leomom View Post
Where can I get cheap herb plants? And to those culinary artists out there...what herbs would you suggest?
I think most any store that sells plants will have a few types of herbs. I've even seen them at my grocery store.

I'd put basil, flat leaf parsley, cilantro, and rosemary in it for sure.
post #116 of 177
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Originally Posted by leomom View Post
Still trying to think of something to make for my brother...he's a big cook, so homemade goodies aren't as appreciated as they would be by non-cooking men...
couldn't help myself.....first thing i thought of was a basket with ramen noodles, instant mashed potatoes, kraft mac'n'cheese.....

sorry! LOL

pamela
post #117 of 177
I work at a beauty supply store, and get a big discount on name brand items. But even still...I have a huge family between mine and dh's. So, what I've done for some of the women and teenagers is...I'm purchasing some discounted body wash/body sprays/lotion. With my discount it'll be about $3 per person...each will receive 1 lotion 1 wash 1 spray.

Anyway, the point is...I'm gonna find cheap baskets or even just a cute holiday gift bag to put the items in. And I'm crocheting a set similar to something like this http://www.joann.com/content/project...ml&CATID=25293 . One way to do this would be to go to an "everythings a dollar" store. They have bubble bath, body wash, and lotions. Heck you could even add a candle or something. That'd be pretty cheap also. Not a "$0" Christmas gift idea, but a cheaper way to give a pampering gift!
post #118 of 177
I just stumbled upon this link for making gift baskets:

http://www.creativeladiesministry.com/gift.html

Some great ideas here!
post #119 of 177
Buy seeds, start them now and you can grow the whole thing to a decent size by Christmas!

Parsley, for sure. Everyone likes it, it's easy to grow. If he cooks alot of Italian food, grow basil, oregano, etc, if he loves to do Mexican, maybe cilantro and, I'm tired!....whatever else would go in Mexican food.

Does he like to grow things?
post #120 of 177
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Originally Posted by Red View Post
Buy seeds, start them now and you can grow the whole thing to a decent size by Christmas!

Parsley, for sure. Everyone likes it, it's easy to grow. If he cooks alot of Italian food, grow basil, oregano, etc, if he loves to do Mexican, maybe cilantro and, I'm tired!....whatever else would go in Mexican food.

Does he like to grow things?
Should I put them all in one long pot, like a window box? What kind of soil? Thanks for your tips!

BTW, he likes to cook...not sure about the growing, but I'm pretty sure he'll get a love it once he gets into it.
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