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I loved last years December gift making thread...lets start a new one<br><br>
Post your list of who you give to, any ideas of what your making...and don't forget cool links you think we'd all enjoy!<br><br>
Let's have some fun!
 

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no. just no.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
ok- well not yet.
 

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Actually, I have started thinking about this, because we are due with our first baby in the middle of Dec., so if I want to get gifts done, I need to get them done sooner than later!<br><br>
So far I've decided on:<br>
table runner for my mom<br>
placemats and napkins of my MIL<br>
fleecey fringey blanket for my sister, and my dad<br>
have DH make some plain wooden blocks for my nephew<br>
???? for FIL<br>
DH: um...he gets a son or daughter, and hopefully, that's enough! lol<br><br>
FIL and my dad also have birthdays in Dec., so I think I'll do some homemade spiced pecans or something like that<br><br>
Not much; we have a small family.
 

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I crochet and x-stitch all year long and take 'inventory' long about october. I really cut down on gifts outside this house. So mainly I give to DS. I found some new yarn that should be enough to make 3 coordinating scarves with and I can send those to mom, sis, and cousin. That is a quick 3 day project.<br><br>
I need to start to focus back on x-stitch I have what seems like a million projects for that and NONE of them are done.
 

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good idea<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> i probably should go ahead and make up a list; i waited until nov/dec last year and made myself kinda crazy trying to finish everything in time- and then didn't get to some things i wanted to do.<br><br>
for this year, the only thought i have put into christmas so far is that i want to make a bunch of felt food for ds and put it in this felted picnic basket:<br><a href="http://lbbsfreepicnicbasket.blogspot.com/2008/11/free-felt-picnic-basket-patterns.html" target="_blank">http://lbbsfreepicnicbasket.blogspot...-patterns.html</a><br>
i need to start working on food soon and think about the rest of my list...a lot of folks will probably get knit hats, tho, as i have just learned how and i haven't made anyone hats yet. lol
 

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I'm not ready to do a specific list of folks matched up to gifts yet, but I have plans to do a lot of canning this year. Homemade applesauces, jams, and salsas in various combinations. Those went over really well last year. I'm also needle felting now, so I can do felted play food, appliqued bags, coffee cozies, and jewelry. I may do up some lotions and things like that if the mood strikes.
 

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10 years ago, I set a president at work - I gave handmade gifts. Now everyone waits with expectancy for what I'm going to do each year. I am running out of ideas. I have to come up with something for gifts for 6 woman and 1 man.<br><br>
I think I may do beaded watches for the ladies this year...not sure yet though...maybe I'll get some ideas here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I came to this forum wondering if a thread like this existed, and yes it does! Great!!<br><br>
I have already knit a festive scarf for my mom for the holidays and am thinking of making a lap quilt for her as well.<br>
I am knitting my niece and nephew holiday scarves as well. Haven't started, but I have the yarn. It's really fun!<br>
Made jam yesterday and decorated the jars really cutely. Am pleased. Will continue jamming/canning all through summer and early fall. I like to give these as teacher gifts in cute baskets from the thrift store.<br>
Am making my littlest nephew bean bags in fun fabric and a felt ball.<br>
Would love to learn how to make candles and soaps to add to my gift giving.<br><br>
Fun thread!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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honestly, I'm moving towards not doing presents... or at least less and less.... but I don't think that would go over well with my family, (and I do love the whole family spectacle of presents. not nessicarily getting tons of gifts, but giving them, and everyone opening gifts the whole family together).<br><br>
so... I'll need for sure:<br>
mom<br>
dad<br>
sis-- I'm thinking really really tenatively a granny square afgan.... maybe. depending on if/when it's done, I might rather give it to her for her birthday (aug). (she's going to college, and though I know homemade isn't totally her style, I think she'd like having a homemade blanket for colder nights. (ok, it doesn't get cold in LA).<br>
step-dad<br>
future MIL<br>
Future FIL<br>
future SIL<br>
future BIL<br>
DP<br><br>
maybe I'll try to put up some great food, or do food gifts in advance....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Would love to learn how to make candles and soaps to add to my gift giving.<br></div>
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Have you thought about making felted soaps? No soap making skills necessary and they are fun to get the kids involved with.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you thought about making felted soaps? No soap making skills necessary and they are fun to get the kids involved with.</div>
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Felted soaps? Really? How do you do it??? I would love to have my children involved in the process.<br><br>
Thanks!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Felted soaps? Really? How do you do it??? I would love to have my children involved in the process.<br><br>
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It's really fun and easy and you can use just about any kind of soap you want. I usually try for soaps in swaps or get handmade goats milk soaps at the farmers market...if you dad likes irish spring you can use that - it doesn't matter.<br><br>
You need wool roving (which I also get from swaps or through the farmers markets) You basically wrap the soap both ways in the roving, shove it in a stocking (cut off or use a knee high), get it wetish with hot water and start gently working the roving into felt.<br><br>
I know there are some tutorials and videos - let me see if I can link a few for you:<br><br><a href="http://www.mielkesfarm.com/felt_soap.htm" target="_blank">THIS ONE</a> is pretty good, but if you use the stocking, you can do it all by hand and not need a grid thingy<br><br><a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Felt-Soap" target="_blank">THIS ONE</a> uses the stocking method (I don't bother tieing a knot though, it seems to stay by itself - though it might be better for the kids)<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoaAk459j60" target="_blank">A VIDEO</a> - You can really see here where the stocking would come in
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's really fun and easy and you can use just about any kind of soap you want. I usually try for soaps in swaps or get handmade goats milk soaps at the farmers market...if you dad likes irish spring you can use that - it doesn't matter.<br><br>
You need wool roving (which I also get from swaps or through the farmers markets) You basically wrap the soap both ways in the roving, shove it in a stocking (cut off or use a knee high), get it wetish with hot water and start gently working the roving into felt.<br><br>
I know there are some tutorials and videos - let me see if I can link a few for you:<br><br><a href="http://www.mielkesfarm.com/felt_soap.htm" target="_blank">THIS ONE</a> is pretty good, but if you use the stocking, you can do it all by hand and not need a grid thingy<br><br><a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Felt-Soap" target="_blank">THIS ONE</a> uses the stocking method (I don't bother tieing a knot though, it seems to stay by itself - though it might be better for the kids)<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoaAk459j60" target="_blank">A VIDEO</a> - You can really see here where the stocking would come in</div>
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Got it! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">good idea<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> i probably should go ahead and make up a list; i waited until nov/dec last year and made myself kinda crazy trying to finish everything in time- and then didn't get to some things i wanted to do.<br><br>
for this year, the only thought i have put into christmas so far is that i want to make a bunch of felt food for ds and put it in this felted picnic basket:<br><a href="http://lbbsfreepicnicbasket.blogspot.com/2008/11/free-felt-picnic-basket-patterns.html" target="_blank">http://lbbsfreepicnicbasket.blogspot...-patterns.html</a><br>
i need to start working on food soon and think about the rest of my list...a lot of folks will probably get knit hats, tho, as i have just learned how and i haven't made anyone hats yet. lol</div>
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HI, Ms.shell.... I remember you from the 'challenge' thread... Nice to have a friend over here too....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I;mm not ready to start Christmas crafting just yet. I've got plenty of home projects to keep me busy and I'm not trying to guess the kids interests this early.<br><br>
Some hits form last year though<br>
I made aprons for the kids (3 & 5) which i packed up with some cake sprinkles. They loved them and they have had plenty of use.<br><br>
For the adults we made jars of preserved lemons <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-oliver/salted-preserved-lemons-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/j...ipe/index.html</a>. Then printed out a little cookbook or recipes to use them in. They seem to have also gone over quite well.<br><br>
I also made a few of these newspaper baskets <a href="http://www.craftstylish.com/item/47658/the-times-they-are-a-changing-how-to-make-a-basket-from-a-newspaper" target="_blank">http://www.craftstylish.com/item/476...om-a-newspaper</a> which we filled with baked goodies for the great grandparents. Since non of them are able to do much cooking the lemons would not have worked for them.<br><br>
Unfortunately the kids haven't yet shown much interest in the doorway puppet theatre but I'm hopeful that it's time will come.
 

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Well, a while back I made these simple painted leather game boards of some ancient games, got glass game pieces (floral beads), sewed velvet drawstring bags for them and printed instructions. I was going to sell them but I think I'll give those to in town relatives this Christmas. I'm considering sewing a nice Edwardian apron for my best friend.<br><br>
My kids could really use a puppet theater, I'll think about making the puppets - there are some nice looking ones on amazon for cheap but I suppose some knit puppets in natural fibers would be special.
 

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i just bookmarked this as a neat gift idea; you crochet over a bangle bracelet and it looks really pretty- i'd like to do these for a particular sister and a s-i-l and an aunt (or 2), or it might be a great teacher gift....but first i will do one for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><a href="http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/Crochet-Bangle-Bracelet" target="_blank">http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/...angle-Bracelet</a>
 

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subbing for ideas.....maybe maybe I'll get crafty this year....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I'm loving that I'm not the only one thinking to the holidays!<br><br>
I've started picking up little store bought gifts I scored 2 art sets, one was cars and one littlest pet shop for my dh's cousins kids and they were 2 bucks each! So it got me thinking I better start crafting too!<br><br>
My list is disgustingly large! It's embarrassing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
-Ds(will be 4)<br>
-Dd(will be almost 2)<br>
-MIL-thinking x stitched pillow cases<br>
-FIL-knit socks<br>
-My Grandma<br>
-Dh's Grandma<br>
-dh's cousins kids-girl-2.5 boy-unborn still<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">-thinking knitted sock monkeys<br>
-dh's OTHER cousins kids-boy-5 girl-3(that's who the art sets are for) and Im thinking of wrapping them in handmade personalized totes<br>
-My bff-<br>
-My bff's b/f<br>
-My bff's dog<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">-knit dress or doggie sweater<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
-My aunts x 3-preserves for some/knitted things for others<br>
-My uncles x 3-same<br>
-Dh's aunts x 2-same<br>
-Dh's uncles x 3-same<br><br>
And well their is more...oh man is their more<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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