After reading through some other messages I see the object of the gifts is not just to make something but to make something and save money. When my children were growing up, I made all my hobbies work at saving money. When they were little and I was making most of their clothes, I would go to the local fabric shop and check out the box where they put the ends of bolts of material and pick out pieces at a discount to use to make there clothes. When my daughter wanted a cabbage patch doll, I couldn't afford one so I made her one and several outfits for it. I also made doll clothes for her other dolls. I knitted their mittens and hats for winter and my husband, sister, brother in law and I worked together one Christmas and made 3 big doll houses. One for our daughter, and two for their grand daughters. We used wood from other home improvement projects to build them, siding left over from their house cut in strips for siding and roofing. left over pieces of plexeglass from a local hardware store for the windows, rocks gathered from the yard to glue on the foundation and make a chimney, leftover wallpaper for the walls, felt pieces and towels for the carpets. Beads on wire for the chandelier and I got a kit and made the furniture to finish it off. We had so much fun all working together and they turned out beautiful. My daughter's daughter still has the one we made for her.
current weight: 144.0
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I made a knitted prayer shawl for one grand-daughter when she had her first baby girl for her to put around her shoulders during night feedings. Now I am working on another one for a pregnant grand-daughter in law. And also working on a crocheted baby blanket for yet another pregnant grand-daughter for her expected baby boy. There is a story behind this last one. I knitted a blanket for my son when he was born and it was his favorite blanket, and when his daughter was born, I fixed it up and gave it to her and it was her favorite blanket so I believe her baby boy needs a favorite blanket too. I couldn't find the pattern I used for my sons but the one I found looks very much like it.
This year I am collecting pretty bottles...lol...even some that people bought their expensive Starbucks coffee drinks in. I am going to spend my summer growing herbs to make flavored vinegars and oils to hand out at holiday time.
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I save pretty labeled veggie/fruit cans and plant herbs in them. I get baskets or old cake pans from the used stores. Cluster a few of the planted herbs in the baskets/pans add some rocks, gravel, marbles anything pretty. I tie cord-ribbon--anything homely around it. I have people who ask for them yearly. They are all made from salvaged stuff and look great in a window or on a table.
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Great ideas! I have already started on Christmas as I am canning jams and relishes. I will add them to baskets with either biscuit mixes or cheese and crackers. I make theme baskets and my friends love them. I also do a goody basket for all the nurses I work with.
When I was 15 years old, I made my mom a coupon organizer that hangs on the wall. I bought a remnant of burlap and then used material from the scrap bag to make pockets which I labeled with categories of items she purchased. I found a dowel in my dad's work shop to run through the top and I used a ribbon to hang it. It cost me less than a dollar for the burlap and my mom loved it. It's faded a lot of the last 30 years but it's still hanging behind the family room door and my mom still uses it to sort her coupons.
My grandparents lived through the first great depression, so we have always been a frugal family
Inch by inch, day by day I'm going to make these pounds go away!
The best homemade gifts that I made was a few years ago when I made felt banners of the family coat of arms for everybody. I used craft glue for the colors of the different sections and black fabric paint for the lines in the design. To save time I used a computer printout of the arms to make a cardboard pattern for each piece and I used carbon paper to transfer the design to the felt that got lined in the fabric paint lines.
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Fitness Minutes: (170,042) Posts: 25,822 11/20/10 6:56 P
I like to recycle bottles, wine or unique shaped ones that I find at yard sals, etc. I put a small strand of Christmas lights in them (I pick a color to complement the bottle) and then put in artficial flowers and decorate with a pretty homemade bow. Sometimes I add a small cluster of grapes-depends on the flowers I use. I make these for all kinds of holidays for a nice gift (works great for a nite lite). I make them especially to sit on the kitchen counter with grapes. I use just flowers if it is for a bedroom. If it is for a baby's room, I find pastels and put a pretty bow on it and use one of my unique bottles and hang a rattle to the bow. I get lots of compliments and rarely spend more than $5 making them. I just picked up a handpainted bottle at a yard sale today I plan to use to make a Christmas gift out of. I have friends who save their pretty wine or liquor bottle for me. The big ones from Olive Garden make beautiful ones and they will give them to you for the asking.
Pounds lost: 44.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,297) Posts: 86 11/20/10 3:18 P
One year my girls wanted $100 sweaters so I made them for $10 each. and they still have them and wear them.
When life hands you trouble slow down and stop to smell the roses. Life is so short, live like today is the last day of your life. Enjoy. My name is Sherry and I am from Erie, PA but live in Ijamsville, MD for the time being.
When we were first married, we decided our gifts to each other would cost a maximum of $5. One year I gave him a romantic dinner with napkins, candles, movie from the dollar store and wrapped them in a sexy nightie I already had. Another year I made a scrapbook filled with redeemable "coupons" he could redeem for massages, poems, treasure hunts, fun activities.
Nine years ago I bought my friend a steering wheel cover for his new truck and wrapped it with a length of xmas greenery swag so it looked like a wreath, then I attached a bunch of those mini hot wheel cars to it. I wrapped an extrabig chocolate bar in red felt and made it into a Santa holding a sack with a little poem inside that I made up. I attached this also to the wreath so it went across the open circle centre of the wreath. Those were the days when I had time, energy and the creativity to come up with unique ideas....so much fun (I remember the time because my last baby was only 3 months old and I spent many late nights doing weird stuff!! lol)
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