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yes, by tomorrow I'll be back to my usual routine. I do like the holidays and the feasting and what-not, but I am always glad to get back into the routine of things.



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Amen

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Now that the holidays are just about over we all need to get ourselves back in gear and drop those pounds :)

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Yup small and very soft and well padded. I always loved those back when my baby was little. I Know the babies grandma likes it so woo hoo.

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Was the kitty quilt one of those small ones? When my girl was a baby I used to love having loads of them around. I'd put her on the floor on them and the cats would make sure she stayed safe. Then I could go about my business. . . just kidding. Although, she says she felt like she was raised by cats, which would explain a few things. emoticon



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It isn't really a problem because my sister-in-law was thrilled and I still get to play with the baby so it is all good. LOL

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ahh that sounds cute a Kitty Quilt I am sorry to hear the parents arent thrilled. emoticon

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I made a kitty quilt for my new great niece. Funny her parents didn't seem all that thrilled. Oh well, what can I say.

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12/20/08 2:21 P

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I am still working a halloween theme quilt for my youngest daughter. She loeves halloween

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DH and DS just took off for a fishing trip with only a promise to be back by Christmas Eve... I think they'll probably be back sooner than that, but... in the meantime I need to set out what I would like to get accomplished without them underfoot! Some more decluttering, work on DD's room some more, GET IN MY EXERCISE, maybe get some presents wrapped, bake some cookies? I got an email from BH&G that had some really cute ornaments to make. I really don't need more ornaments, but these looked like fun! I do need to get something made for a Christmas party tomorrow with my Herb Society. Might be a good opportunity to try a couple of those ornaments! emoticon

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We have 9 days till Christmas! Anyone working on some last minute things?

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Prayers headed your way for your step-father and your family.

The digital frame is a great idea. You might want to put some fun photos in it to make him smile on a bad day.

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My step-father has the ending stages of pancreatic cancer, so this will be his last Christmas with us... if he makes it that long. I am trying to find some good ideas for Christmas gifts for him. Does anyone have any ideas? The only thing I could think of was one of those digital picture frames that I can preload with pictures of his family that we can put by his bedside or chair.

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I am making a lot of gifts this year...Making treat jars/candy machines out of terra cotta pots and making candy/cookies and making fabric coasters....

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That is an awesome Idea Sunglorry!!! I would be so excited to get a present like that from someone! Its different and yet thoughtful and fun.

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I think for Christmas I am going to give my boss a movie theme gift. I am going to get a large movie popcorn bucket and fill it with microwave popcorn, candy, Blockbuster gift card, and maybe pick up some classic 80 movies since he loves that stuff.

Kelly

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30% Goal is 100
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I love the ideas! I am throwing around the gifts bag/basket idea. I still don't know lol... I'm so unorganized. But this week I will be starting my gifts before I end up rushing :)

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I really like the gift basket idea. I think I'll try that for next year, collecting little bits throughout the year, and then putting them together just for Christmas... very stress-free gift-giving idea, thanks!

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Wonderful ambitious ideas all of you!
I assemble gift baskets every year. I kind of work on them all year so I don't get burnt out over the holidays.
I plan a theme for each friend. Some like birds,or cats,dogs or Nascar, etc. You get the idea. I purchase a coffee mug or mouse pad, set of hand towels to include in the gift basket. Then starting right before Thanksgiving I start baking cookies and I freeze them. I also make homemade candies for the gift baskets. I finish off with a couple small loaves of nut breads. I fill in the baskets with nuts and tie a handmade ornament to the bag that closes the gift basket.
Since I buy things slowly over the year and make the cookies, etc. I find it inexpensive and less time consuming.
Oh, after Thanksgiving dinner my children come over to help decorate cookies, a tradition I started when they were very young, and they each take some home with them. It is a fun thing to do that involves me putting on Christmas music in the kitchen, we are all around the table, laughing, singing and maybe nibbling a cookie or two. LOL


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Ok, I think I have remade my list..thought I would post it to share some of my ideas! I am so sorry they aren't click-able.. I am having trouble with that! Firefox doesn't want to put them where I want them.. only at the very end of my post.. if any!! Also, we have a family tradition that the boys get to open one gift on Christmas eve.. always PJs so we are making camo fleece bottoms (well, LO gets wool!) with an appliqued shirt and slippers to match!

Every year we make one fun family present together..this year we are making ornaments with some clear glass bulbs we bought at the thrift store. Then, we work one on one with the boys as they make gifts for us all.
Projects for the boys to make as gifts to the family members:
pillows:
http://www.geocities.com/jillianmcc/Flee
ce_Pillow_Directions.html

stuffed animals:
http://www.carewear.org/patterns/sew/sew
ing.cfm?pid=_p35_fiberfill_bear.cfm

Dh and my project for the kids!
Stockings for the kids:
http://www.butterick.com/bhc/pages/artic
les/kidspgs/stocking/stocking.htm

Tyler (age 13) and Tomas (age 5)*
hats:
http://www.carewear.org/patterns/crochet
/crochet.cfm?pid=_p22_single_crochet.cfm
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70731A
D.html
http://susan.kraus.net/pages/pattern5.ht
ml
http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/cpat
t10.htm

mittens:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-mi
ttens.html

scarf school colors:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70473A
D.html

rock star necklace:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/lifestyle/
336519_stayhowto24.html
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_jewelry
/article/0,2025,DIY_13762_5731337,00.html

crochet slippers:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/slippe
rs1.html
http://fabricfolliestwo.wordpress.com/my
-free-crochet-patterns/easy-ribbed-cro
chet-slippers/

fleece PJ bottoms using my own pattern

PJ appliqued top:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php
?topic=226296.0
http://www.craftfreebies.com/sewing.html

fleece slippers (I am not too sure which pattern yet!):
http://www.lds.org/ldsfoundation/multime
dia/files/pdf/51214_fleeceslippers_pdf
.pdf http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/l
aufamily_2008/shoes/pictures%20of%20ma
king%20shoes/
http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/blog
/cloth_shoe.pdf
http://www.lds.org/ldsfoundation/multime
dia/files/pdf/51214_fleeceslippers_pdf
.pdf
http://www.tackyliving.com/article.php?i
d=121
http://www.ehow.com/how_2041350_softsole
-leather-baby-shoes.html
http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2006/1
0/cloth-shoe-pattern.html
http://newconceptions.com/patpdf/Footies
pdf.pdf
bookmarks with school colors and or scraps:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70504A
D.html

bookmarks with school colors and or scraps:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70504A
D.html

Checkers:
http://www.midnightknitter.com/knitpixie
patterns/uploads/mini_checkerboard.htm
http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Croc
het/Projects/BabyChild/CD280-04+Checke
rs+Board+Game.htm

Tic Tac Toe:
http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showth
read.php?t=69836

trash basket out of plarn:
(haven't found the perfect pattern so may just make my own up as I go)

Tyler*
finish the blanket mom started before she got ill
bed set:
http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/pillo
wcases/cases.html

Twin sized http://web.archive.org/web/20070809031109/
http://www.sew-whats-new.com/projects/
fitted-sheets.shtml
http://sewing.about.com/od/homedecprojec
ts/ss/fittedsheet.htm

and a quilt type fleece comforter using my own pattern

dirty PE clothes bag:
http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?
projectID=352


Tomas*
sweater..started out for Caden and fits Tomas!:
http://susan.kraus.net/pages/pattern4.ht
ml

stuffed animal hammock:
http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/a
a020206a.htm

panda:
http://www.bhg.com/crafts/knitting/croch
eting-projects/giant-panda/


Caden*
platypus
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/plat
ypus.shtml

clunch ball
http://sewing.about.com/od/babyshowergif
tsewing/ss/babyball.htm

Square ball
http://missgioia.com/2007/03/patchwork-c
ube-tutorial.html

Crocheted cat
http://diyods.blogspot.com/2006/08/final
ly.html

Teddy bear
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cchs-t
eddy.html

crochet slippers
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/slippe
rs1.html

Caterpillar
http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showth
read.php?t=24354http://www.crochetvill
e.org/forum/showthread.php?t=24354

Amigurumi puppy
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80686A
D.html

crocheted square balls
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cms-ju
gglingBalls.html

mittens:
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-mi
ttens.html

counting fish
http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/
2008/07/learn-your-colors-fish-countin
g-toy.html

Little football:
http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/toys/
f113003football.shtml

Elmo:
http://thespasticcat.blogspot.com/2008/0
8/crocheted-elmo-ball-pattern.html

Wool longies for PJ bottoms:
http://www.ladybugz.ca/store/
PJ shirt
fleece slippers

dh*
ice scraper
http://doyourworsted.blogspot.com/2007/0
1/ice-scraper-mitten.html

hat with college colors
crochet slippers
mittens
scarf
maybe something fun from here:
http://www.worldofchristmas.net/christma
s-gifts/boyfriend.html

Grandparents:
The kids have made decorated some coffee cups using a kit
and coasters to go with them:
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/
season/feature/famf127lastmin/famf127l
astmin2.html

Exploding box:
http://glitteradventure.blogspot.com/200
6/11/exploding-box-class.html

Niece and nephews (one per family) along with the boys*
bath crayons, recycled crayons, finger paints, and play dough from:
http://www.mommyshelperonline.com/homema
de-soap-crayons.html
http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/cr
aftrecipes.html#BATH

In bag:
http://www.yarncat.com/4x4wristpouch.htm
l

Neices:
hat
scarf
purse:
http://laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.c
om/2008/01/little-miss-two.html

Nephews:
hat
scarf
little football

The special women in my life (also teachers and some that helped me with mom..before and after)
But with baking soda and salt added:
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/show
thread.php?t=504999&highlight=milk+bath

with a bath scrubber:
http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/dishc
loths/f112002bodyscrubber.shtml

Male teachers, men and families that are special in our lives:
Canned peach butter
http://www.pickyourown.org//peachbutter.
htm

Canned banana butter
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70731A
D.html

crocheted top for the jars:
http://www.freecraftunlimited.com/croche
t-jar-covers.html

homemade bread with the last recipe mom gave me

And in these gift bags but using recycled materials!:
http://www.allfreecrafts.com/recycling-c
rafts/gift-bags.shtml
http://www.craftideas.info/html/gift_bag
s.html
http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/ezgif
tbags/easy_giftbag_pattern.html


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VASQUI1, do you have any girls? Those sound like they would make a super cute kitchen! I have seen some cute ones out of boxes!

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I am making some ornaments and also, I have been working on Treat Jars and Bubble/Gum Candy Machines and Candy Dishes all out of terra cotta pots...I also make candy...I've also been getting little wooden trinket boxes and decorating those also...

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Oh I love that Idea! I do not have a kiln, but I can put that idea to good use! Thank you. Here is my idea.... My husband works at an RV factory, (WHICH IS CLOSING IN DEC THANKS TO THE ECONOMY, All prayers welcome!) and he brought me home this box about 13.25 in wide and 7.5 in deep by 3.5in high. They had stored lcd tvs for RV nav systems. they have a magnetic closure and he thought they might make a good jewelry box. I had toyed with some other thoughts. Cover in fabric, line with felt, decoupage? I now have over ten. What to do? Any thoughts, shoot em my way!

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Yes, Germany is nice, but I'm texanized now :)
Quite a few years ago I had instructions on how to make plastic canvas 3-D dinosaur puzzles. I wish I knew where I put that...that's easy, fun, and very light.

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Oh Germany!! We LOVED Germany! Lived there for three years! DS#2 was born there!! For nieces and nephews I am crocheting (new 2 1/2 months learned) hats, scarves, and lil bags for the boys and purses for the girls. Then we are putting recycled crayons into neat shapes along with homemade bath crayons! We have to ship 1000 miles so I understand the "light" things. We are doing glitteradventure.blogspot.com/2006/1
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exploding-box-class.html

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for the grandparents! Just thought I would share a couple of my ideas! Felt food seems to be a real hit this year for lil girls and rock star necklaces for boys!

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I also was going to make things this year, because of financial issues. I'm not quite sure what though. I have lots of family in the US and in Germany. All the things for Germany I obviously have to ship - the lighter the better. What to do, what to do?
Does anybody have suggestions?
My crafting medium is pretty much everything and anything: knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, beadwork/jewelry, plastic canvas, sewing (if it's not too advanced). I would love to make the same item, but in different variations for all my nieces & nephews here and 'there', and of course for my own kids. I have 16 nieces & nephews in Germany, 10 nieces & nephews here, and my own 3 kids.

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I had a whole list.. with sites of what I was going to do for my family and friends and ggrrr.. I went to go on it to get it and the site is gone! I need to work on another one.. it was so much easier keeping track that way! I am currently working on crocheting hats, scarfs, purses and little draw string bag to put some homemade/recycled crayons in for nieces and nephews. And I have to can banana butter and make some toppers for the jars today or tomorrow.

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Good ideas! I put ingredients in a jar for cookies, or hot cocoa and decorate the jar.

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Two great ideas there! I am making an afghan for my oldest daughter, for the youngest one I am doing a halloween themed quilt for. Seems like everything is so expensive this yr I decided to make things, I am also going to bake cookies and give them to my friends as gifts. emoticon

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Several years ago, I painted designs on 10 or 11 tee shirts for the nieces & nephews.

This year, I'd like to make some necklaces for my friends.

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We had a suggestion in the Daily Chit Chat thread to start a link of projects or ideas that people are making for Christmas or other Religious Holidays in this upcoming season.

I figured I would start out first...

I started about 15 years ago giving my friends an ornament every year for Christmas. I call it the "Friend Ornament". I always buy 6 of the same ornament, plus one for myself. This year I decided to make this ornament out of fused glass that I am going to design in the kiln. I have the idea floating in my head... I just have to do it. I am thinking of making an ornament in the shape of a Christmas Present or in the shape of a tree. I have to experiment with it to see what will look good.

What are you all making for this season?

Kelly

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