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post #81 of 96
I am making bed warmers for several people, a skirt for my niece, maybe jammies for my kids and some of the cousins, draft dodgers for my Mom, and pot holders.
post #82 of 96
The one I'm most proud of is for my SIL - it's this really funky apron w/ a skull-and-crossbones pattern and lace...she's kind of a punky rockabilly chick, so she'll appreciate the 50-ness of an apron and the punk-ishness of the pattern, I hope! It's going to be a cupcake themed gift, with that apron, and four cupcake mixes (all the dry ingredients mixed together w/ instructions on how to make), a recipe box, and a pincushion that looks like a cupcake also. I was going to put it all in a cupcake tin (roll the apron up all cute-like and put the mixes in little mason jars and doll it all up). My *signature* cupcake recipe calls for raspberry frosting and dark Scharfenberger chocolate grated on top, so I was going to get her a little bar of that chocolate (don't make me type that again! ) and the raspberry extract, because that's not something everyone has in their cupboard, as well as some cupcake liners.

For mine and DP's bosses, we're doing hot chocolate mixes in a mug w/ a chocolate-dipped spoon.

Cookies and sweet breads, soup mixes, dog biscuits for the canine lovers on our list, framed handprints of DD, ornaments, picture calendars from Shutterfly and bath salts.
post #83 of 96

Treehouses, buttons, and yarn...

OK - I know I posted this elsewhere, but I gotta show it off. :-)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25995446@N00/

My first tree-dollhouse (doll-treehouse?) was such a success that my daughter wants to "help" me make more for her cousins. I invested one buckthorn tree (nasty invasive species), perhaps four to six hours of work, and six dollars for a pulley and two saw blades. It's got to be the most fabulous toy for the least amount of money I've ever done.

The other thing we've been making for cousins is play food for their dollhouses out of sculpey. My mom knits lots of children's sweaters, so I'm making her some hand-dyed yarn (the yarn was garage-sale stuff), and some cheerful buttons made out of sculpey too.

I love all the ideas in this thread, and I'm getting really inspired! I'm so happy that I'm getting started early enough this year to actually make things! Thanks, everyone!
post #84 of 96
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OK - I know I posted this elsewhere, but I gotta show it off. :-)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25995446@N00/
Beautiful stuff!
post #85 of 96
isaberg - WOW! Gorgeous stuff! Good job.
post #86 of 96
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Would you tell me more about these?Or if they're done would you post a pic?I'm super into the old t-shirt idea!I have a simple small bag in the works but I'm kinda stuck on the handle.
Rere, I'd love to show you pictures, but I recently moved and I'm not sure which box I packed the Christmas gifts that I finished earlier this summer. Sorry.

But I can direct you to the book that I got these ideas from...it's called "Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-shirt" by Megan Nicolay. I found it at the bookstore down the street, but I'm sure you could find it on Amazon or maybe even the library. There are all sorts of clothing ideas, as well as hand bags and home furnishings too. I highly recommend it!
post #87 of 96
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post #88 of 96
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Rere, I'd love to show you pictures, but I recently moved and I'm not sure which box I packed the Christmas gifts that I finished earlier this summer. Sorry.

But I can direct you to the book that I got these ideas from...it's called "Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-shirt" by Megan Nicolay. I found it at the bookstore down the street, but I'm sure you could find it on Amazon or maybe even the library. There are all sorts of clothing ideas, as well as hand bags and home furnishings too. I highly recommend it!
That sounds great!Thanks!
post #89 of 96
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post #90 of 96
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Originally Posted by isaberg View Post
OK - I know I posted this elsewhere, but I gotta show it off. :-)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25995446@N00/
OMG!!! I am SO !!!!

What kind of tools are required for the nesting googlies that you made? I would love to be Oh the Copycat!
post #91 of 96
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My *signature* cupcake recipe calls for raspberry frosting and dark Scharfenberger chocolate grated on top, so I was going to get her a little bar of that chocolate (don't make me type that again! ) and the raspberry extract, because that's not something everyone has in their cupboard, as well as some cupcake liners.
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That sounds delicious. You wouldn't want to share this recipe would you? Thanks in advance!
post #92 of 96
So many new ideas - I love keeping up with this thread!

I have added a few new things to our list for this year.

--aprons
--handmade soap w/fleec fuzzy wrap (to use with soap in it as a washcloth type of thing)
--handmade candles (first batch finished tonight)
--embellished beeswax votives

I have been experimenting to see what the boys can help with...they actually did really well helping with the melt and pour candles & soap! As for other things...I just keep looking at my fabric and trying to come up with new ideas for guy presents (so hard for me) and kid stuff.
post #93 of 96
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Another idea on the Day in the Life front. I did that last year for my boys as part of a bulletin board I post on. I took all the photos and uploaded them to One True Media and made a slideshow. It was really cute. I just sent them out to friends, but they will also put it together on a DVD. Or instead of a traditional scrapbook, you could make a photo book like they have on Shutterfly, Creative Memories online, Kodak, etc. The photo book would most likely be quicker than a traditional scrapbook (depending on how you scrapbook of course!).
You could download Photo Story 3 for free. It's very similar to OTM, and then you can burn the DVDs yourself for much, much cheaper.
post #94 of 96
This is my first year making gifts for my family so it's not very much. I'm sewing pajama bottoms for all my nieces and nephews plus my 2 boys, my dh and my inlaws.
post #95 of 96
Just made this for a friend who loves tea - super easy!
post #96 of 96
anjanetteopal, that is such a great idea! I love this thread!

I am going to try and make the baby bows dolls, aprons, and muffin hats for my girls and bears, fleece snakes and berets for my boys. Christmas is super tight this year so we aren't doing anything for extended family except a newsy Christmas letter. I am saving all these great links for future birthdays etc.

I have been loving this www.sewmamasew.com/blog2 she is posting tutorials every day in November for handmade holidays.

Sarah
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