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I did manage to make a few homemade gifts this Christmas. Nothing spectacular, but fun, simple projects. I made two homemade ornaments from an idea from Pinterest. I took a friend’s wedding invitation, cut it into strips and curled them inside a clear ornament. Very simple and very elegant. For one of them I also put some cuttings from my Christmas tree inside to help fill the space. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph them. :/ Court/Lena, if you have a picture of yours, send it my way! Courtney posted some photos of hers:

Rice Heating Pads with Poem



Another project: Bath salts and Heating pads. With the use of some essential oils, I made some fabulous smelling gifts! I found some cute colored glass bottles with cork stoppers at Hobby Lobby for the bath salts and I compiled some recipes from the internet and came up with these:

Soothing Lavender Oatmeal Bath Salts
1 cup of EPSOM SALT
½ cup of SEA SALT
¾ cup of finely pulverized OATMEAL
Muscle Soothing Bath Salts
2 cups of EPSOM SALT
Energizing Bath Salts
1 cup of EPSOM SALT
½ cup of SEA SALT
10 drops MINT OIL

A friend also told me about an easy-to-make infinity scarf and t-shirt flower pin. I made one for my sister and sister-in-laws. I made three turquoise and two reddish/pink. You just dye a men’s 2x tshirt and cut/stretch it! I’ll include the link with instructions. http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/08/make-something-monday-ombre-infinity.html

Here are a couple of my final creations:

Probably my favorite thing to do this Christmas was making my own wrapping paper! I know it seems silly…to spend so much time and energy on something that will get ripped up and thrown away, but it really was fun! And I made some cute linoleum stamps that I will be able to use forever. I carved out two simple images, one of an elephant and one of a bird. I had a huge role of newsprint paper that Henry uses to draw with and my mom and I both had boxes of printmaking ink and rollers. I used red and green for the elephants and blue and white for the birds. Henry helped me roll out the ink in between stamping. It was actually a break-through moment for us because his “helping” actually helped! So it was a fun project. 


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Baby Shower Gift

A friend of mine asked me to reproduce a couple of paintings for her that she found on a website. I was more than happy to do this for her. The paintings would be my baby gift to her (she plans to use them in her nursery). When I visited the site, I discovered they were actually screen prints, not paintings, which could be a bit of a challenge.

I decided to attempt making them as paintings instead of screen prints. The images themselves weren’t hard, but getting the straight-edge style with a paint brush is tough! And getting the right colors was a challenge as well. I ended up painting over one of the paintings, but eventually they turned out ok. Amanda seemed really happy with them, which is all that matters.

The original prints can be found here:



They are each 24"x24"

They are each 24"x24"

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Still learning to crochet

A couple of my latest projects. Both of them are gifts for friends. I liked this pattern for fingerless gloves much more than the other pattern I used…plus it’s sturdier.

Sara's fingerless gloves/wrist warmers


I made this little hat for my friend, Amanda’s baby shower. I loved the little bill on the front. Pattern from: http://www.christinascrochethaven.com/baby_baseball_hat_and_mittens.htm

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Crocheted baby hat

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People gave me some really great things…


Dad surprised me with a beautiful mandolin.

Lily's package arrived on Christmas morning and these were our gifts

Lily's package arrived on Christmas morning and these were our gifts


Sally gave me an amazing iron dressform

Janette magically found the perfect vintage swimsuit for me!

Swimsuit frontswimsuit back

Leo is restoring Samson for me! (That’s my 1972 Volkswagen Beetle that I paid cash for with my Sonic Carhop money when I was 16). I destroyed Sam’s engine back in college, and he’s been collecting dust ever since. Now Leo is bringing him back to life! And it’s going to be great fun to drive it around.

Doesn't it look beautiful?! It's such a wonderful car.

Doesn't it look beautiful?! It's such a wonderful car.

Olive and SamOlive inspecting Sam

It was a wonderful holiday full of surprises. I always get so involved in the gifts I’m giving to people that I sometimes forget about the joys of receiving thoughful gifts from family and friends. Thank you to everyone who made this a happy Christmas!

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