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rere's Avatar rere 10:52 AM 10-13-2013
Ok Friends,I AM going to make something today!

rere's Avatar rere 04:51 PM 10-13-2013
I did it!

I made set of coasters out of wool and 2 hot pads.
rere's Avatar rere 11:05 AM 10-18-2013
I'm hoping for some idea help.

I found these very cute little rectangle glass dishes.Something that you might drop your keys in or put on top of your dresser for a few rings or maybe if you wear a watch.I was trying to think of something I could make that might go along with with one but I'm stumped.

Any ideas?
rere's Avatar rere 02:55 PM 10-20-2013
I'm giving that whole apple butter another try today. The first batch didn't turn out so well. Fingers crossed on batch number two.Of course using the crock pot setting properly will probably help.uhg.
34me's Avatar 34me 10:48 PM 10-25-2013
Could you use that glass etching paste and do monograms?
zebra15's Avatar zebra15 12:17 AM 10-27-2013
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I'm hoping for some idea help.

I found these very cute little rectangle glass dishes.Something that you might drop your keys in or put on top of your dresser for a few rings or maybe if you wear a watch.I was trying to think of something I could make that might go along with with one but I'm stumped.

Any ideas?

Hummmm.....    How bout coffee cup cozies?  or felted coasters?


curiouscanadian's Avatar curiouscanadian 10:07 PM 10-27-2013

rere- maybe some keychain lanyards or other keychain embellishment? Coaster for the bowl to sit on? A small home-made candle?

Not sure how much I'll get done homemade this year. I do have three bottles of vanilla extract started, started on a knit poncho for my niece and have yarn for a sweater for DS. Otherwise? Not too sure. 

 

(I was planning on using October to be completely ready for Christmas, but then got slammed with overtime at work. :( )


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 07:13 PM 10-28-2013
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Not sure how much I'll get done homemade this year.

 

Same here. The two hand made things I'm doing for sure this year are a doll bed quilt for Little Man (to match the quilt I made him last year) and some soy wax candles in jars (I've been saving the Better Than Bouillion stock base jars - they're really nice) for hostess gifts. Other than that... I designed our Christmas cards on Shutterfly, if that counts. And most of the books we're getting for Little Man have been picked up second hand. So better than nothing! 


curiouscanadian's Avatar curiouscanadian 12:43 AM 10-30-2013
I am feeling inspired on kid gifts for the grandparents at least. I got some beeswax so we can make dipped candles together. And I figured Borax crystal snowflakes would also be an easy craft.

Need to get going on the knitting though!
mamapigeon's Avatar mamapigeon 04:10 PM 10-30-2013

Thankfully, I didn't have high hopes for my crafting this year after a couple of fail years. Yay for low expectations! I really want to make DD some sort of soft toy, which will probably be my most time intensive thing. Other last minute things will be earrings, embroidered bookmarks, and maybe some soap. I think this may be a slow holiday. :zzz


zebra15's Avatar zebra15 11:41 AM 11-02-2013

November??


motherhendoula's Avatar motherhendoula 12:11 PM 11-02-2013

look at this Rere:  it may go well on top of the glass???   I want to make these for my SIL & BIL - http://www.michelemademe.com/2013/06/scrap-challenge-entry-lily-bowl-and.html

they got married earlier this year - i made them a quilt - so i thought id use the same colors ....

i am thinking about a flannel apron for my brother - he recently became a SAHD  - 

my sister turns 40 ON Christmas this year - i need some more ideas!  - she has asked for wool socks - i am thinking i can get some expensive merino wool and do a pair or two ....but thats not enough!  

we got a train table off CL for my youngest this year - and i think thats ALL were going to get!  

oh i still have cashmere gloves started for my GIL  (she will be 90 this year!)

oh crap i nearly forgot to make a quilt for my brother and his new wife - married in August - i made them a 'sampler' to hang on their wall - but i made a double wedding ring quilt for all my other siblings and siblings -in law....so i wanted to finish the job (he is the youngest - no more damn weddings!!)  

not much to make for the teenagers - although....i am thinking about something for my DD (18 and away at college)  to keep her flat iron in....i bought a little ironing board fabric to try something out....not sure what!   

man- i better get off the computer and get to work.....


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 12:24 PM 11-02-2013
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November??

 

Yeah, what the crap... I think some of us are getting in trouble... perhaps I should be off of this thing and crafting instead... 


ladylukk's Avatar ladylukk 12:59 PM 11-06-2013

 

• so far I've made this for my wine loving mother-in-law! :) (and one for myself, of course!)

• Coffee liquor in swingtop bottles for the men.

• Vanilla extract in swingtop bottles for the women.

• and magnet boards for the kiddies/cousins with themed fabric that fits them & their rooms with Fun magnets! similar to this ...

fabric magnet board on etsy.com $26.00

zebra15's Avatar zebra15 04:18 PM 11-07-2013

Holidays are cancelled... sorry to inform people... lol


4evermom's Avatar 4evermom 11:42 AM 11-10-2013
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Holidays are cancelled... sorry to inform people... lol

Yay! :bgbounce


mamabear0314's Avatar mamabear0314 08:47 AM 11-11-2013

Hi everyone! I'm to the thread. Newly single mom of 3 under 5, full time student, living on about $16,000/year. Homemade holidays are a necessity here. I did get the boys b-day and xmas presents before the divorce thing so they are already set. For everyone else I've been brainstorming. Garden scrub, peppermint whipped body butter, homemade candy bar bark, vanilla sugar, bookmarks, food in jars, iris folding...I'm not super crafty so it's not easy for me. Plus the whole infant, toddler and preschool boys running amok. :/


kitchensqueen's Avatar kitchensqueen 06:37 PM 11-11-2013
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Hi everyone! I'm to the thread. Newly single mom of 3 under 5, full time student, living on about $16,000/year. Homemade holidays are a necessity here. I did get the boys b-day and xmas presents before the divorce thing so they are already set. For everyone else I've been brainstorming. Garden scrub, peppermint whipped body butter, homemade candy bar bark, vanilla sugar, bookmarks, food in jars, iris folding...I'm not super crafty so it's not easy for me. Plus the whole infant, toddler and preschool boys running amok. :/

 

Welcome! You might look up last year's thread for some gift inspiration too - everyone was tossing around some great ideas there as well. And have you browsed Pinterest? If you've got kids that like Hot Wheels, a really easy and affordable gift is to make a car carrier/road play mat out of felt, and you can do it with the most basic of sewing skills (or even fabric gluing skills). Adding in a few cars is a cheaper addition to round out the gift. 

 

Another easy one is jar candles. Get some soy wax and save your mini jars or pick them up at the thrift store. It's not to expensive to buy the wax and wicks and you can make a ton of candles for just a little bit of cash for supplies. Soy wax is great because you can just melt it in the microwave and pour it into a container and you're done. 


mommariffic's Avatar mommariffic 07:26 AM 11-17-2013

I need to get started! I work okay under pressure though, and try to get the kids involved in gift making so we may be okay : ) I'm also participating in a homemade gift swap this year so I'm going to be extra busy..but I love it! I feel like an elf the entire month of December, cranking out presents covered in glitter glue and a big fat smile. My family doesn't appreciate homemade gifts one single bit -- they aren't super materialistic, but when I hand out homemade vanilla extracts I doubt they use them...I will be making calendars/photo-books for everyone and I do those homemade using neat odds and ends I find, so they take awhile. I normally two really neat ones for the grandparents, and smaller versions for Aunts (we have a small family..) 

 

Here's what I plan on making (so far) - winter warming salves, momma bliss sprays, tea blends, homemade fairy glitter + fairy "specimens" for DD's friends, aprons and well, I'm not sure what else yet! I am in the planning stages (remember, I work okay under pressure) hehe! 


JollyGG's Avatar JollyGG 08:49 PM 11-17-2013
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For the quilt - try the Cloud 9 5x5 quilt. It's super easy, and if you're dedicated and can find the time, you can make one up in an afternoon (or several sessions after bedtime). I made one for my son for his first Christmas a few years ago. Actually, we're getting him a Cabbage Patch doll for Christmas this year, with an Ikea doll bed, so I'm making a mini replica to go with it that matches his. 

 

 My kids want to learn to sew. So we decided to make two baby quilts for my nephews for Christmas. I was thinking something like the one you linked. But since this will be their first ever sewing project. I'm thinking a rag quilt might hide some of their errors better. The kids picked the fabric and I couldn't talk them into a single solid, or simple pattern. So it will be quite the quilt when done.


sherryvhkb's Avatar sherryvhkb 08:04 PM 11-23-2013

sherryvhkb's Avatar sherryvhkb 08:06 PM 11-23-2013
We made a rag wreath with some thrift shop up cycle fabric. We will do another with Muslin and burlap. Does anyone have a good experience making a rug of some sort? Rag rug? Circle or rectangle?
Suzanne Barker's Avatar Suzanne Barker 06:22 PM 11-26-2013

I have 3 girls who love to play dollhouse. I've been working on these :heartbeat


rere's Avatar rere 07:03 AM 11-27-2013
Ok,here we go take three.I have had two responses disappear.

Anyway...thank you for all the ideas to go along with my little glass plates. I think I am going to make lip balm holding key chains to go with them.

I have been working on some things but haven't taken any photos.

Yesterday I made two wool scarves.I wish I could think of more people on my list to give them to because they are so soft and also fun to make.

I also worked on my daughter's gift.I traced the body of my husbands bass guitar and am making a bass shaped bag for her.All it needs is a strap. It's really fun!

I made a blanket for my MIL but I am not sure if I will quilt it or not. I was planning on tying it. I used a piece of flannel in place of the batting so no quilting is actually needed. I just need to decide which look I prefer.

Hmmmm....what else?Well I made a blanket out of felted wool sweaters but my daughter fell in love with it while I was making it. I couldn't resist and gave it to her as a birthday present. Really though,what could make a maker mama more happy than her girl really wanting some thing she made?!

Not sure if I will be able to get anything done today. My daughter has a class this afternoon and then it is off to hang with family.

Happy making everyone!!
rere's Avatar rere 07:04 AM 11-27-2013
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I have 3 girls who love to play dollhouse. I've been working on these heartbeat.gif

So cute!!
rere's Avatar rere 10:59 AM 11-27-2013
Here is the "quilt".What do you all think?Does it need to be tied?Does it look unfinished this way?

And I was able to make a lip balm holder since my daughter decided to take a very LONG bath.Now to make a few more.


rere's Avatar rere 09:34 AM 11-28-2013
a few more lip balm key chains!

Now to try to get a strap on to my daughter's bass bag without her catching me.
rere's Avatar rere 09:51 AM 11-28-2013
Well,I didn't have the strap that I thought I did so that will have wait but here is the body.

vtfiver's Avatar vtfiver 06:14 PM 11-28-2013

Saving my spot I am working on a few things not nearly as much as usual but Id love to add to this thread


vtfiver's Avatar vtfiver 06:15 PM 11-28-2013

how do the chap stick key chains work?


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