hand-made giftsI've really gotten on the bandwagon this year with the "make your own" stuff, so this is what I'm making for family & friends this year:
Soaps - Lots of fun! I LOVE this! I have about 20 fragrances including Jasmine, Gardenia, Green Tea, Honey/Almond, Honey/Oatmeal/Milk, Musk, Holiday Spice, Tart Lemon, Lavender, Sweet Rain, Candy Cane, Cappuccino and Fresh Laundry. I'm using both opaque and clear 100% vegetable glycerine soap base superfatted with either sweet almond oil or cocoa butter. My kitchen smells *wonderful*!
Mosaics - I just bought a glass saw, so I'll be making my boss a set of mosaic frames made with strips of spectrum swirled colored stained glass, with matching candlesticks. I'm also making hurricane lamps out of stained glass and thick glasses I've picked up at the 2nd hand store for 50 cents. (Costs about $3 to make, but I can sell them for between $15 and $40, depending on what the design it!). I love the red glass hurricane lanterns the best. Then I drop an appropriately sized candle in it and viola, instant art!
Candles - I'm making beeswax candles, to go with the mosaic candlesticks, and as general gifts.
Tub Tea - I'm using huge iron-sealable tub tea bags I got online and filling them up with all kinds of herbals and fragrances.
Bath Salts - I found a 50-lb tub of bath salts online for $10, plus some Dead Sea Salts. Together, with a few herbals & a bit of fragrance, they'll make great bath salts. I also found inexpensive bulk muslin bags for them. They'll look very pretty, I think!
Milk Baths - using the tub tea bags, I'll make powdered milk baths using powdered goat's milk I found at the health food store, with a little oatmeal and fragrance.
Flavored Olive Oil - In nice bottles, olive oil and various herbs, garlic etc.
Olive Tapenade - In a nice little jar, it has olive oil, black olives, garlic, capers and a dash of pepper. Heavenly with a crusty loaf of bread as a dipping sauce. If I am really feeling nice, I'll include the loaf of bread, too!
Scented Satchets - I'm sewing lavender, calendula or rose petals inside small squares of antique lace, with a bit of fragrance or essential oils. Pretty things for dresser drawers and closets.
Lap Blankets - I get the thickest fleece and stitch the edges with an opposite brightly colored thick thread/yarn. Fleece doesn't unravel! Yeah! If I'd thought about it early enough, I'd have sent them to my brother-in-law's mother who is a professional quilter to embroider a little note to the receiver ala "For you with love, from me". But I didn't, drat!
Rice Socks - By stitching together (on the sewing machine) long tubes made of thick patterned flannel (I might need to use socks encased in the flannel), and I'm filling them 4/5 full of rice grains, and a few drops of lavender essential oil for a gentle fragrance. Then, you heat the rice sock in the microwave for a minute and drape it over your shoulders or other sore muscles.
Rice Pads - Much the same as Rice Socks, but I've made a pad with rice "baffles" like a baffled feather-bed. Throw it in the microwave and sit on it while your car is warming up in the snowy cold weather! (Not that I have that here in LA, but when visiting my family, it snowed three times and I was inspired!). I'm also making mini ones as "boo-boo" pads for my nephew - throw them in the freezer for instant frozen pack that doesn't melt and isn't as intensly cold as ice.
I'm also making home-made Christmas tree ornaments for each person, for a pre-Christmas gift.
I THINK that's it!