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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #150 on: April 27, 2017, 07:37:51 AM »
Got two fruit cordials started on their 'brewing' yesterday.  Starting to run low on our supply of cheap vodka. 

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« Reply #151 on: April 28, 2017, 07:01:57 AM »
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Upon seeing these hand-carved address stamps today (like these and these) it seems they are very DIY-able! With inexpensive materials

I found a couple tutorials (also this) to start and I actually have a lino carving tool (but I'm sure a regular knife works great too). I'll experiment with erasers, linoleum scraps and maybe just out of a block of wood since I have a lot of scraps.

To finish them off, a handle/wood from scrap and some ink pads ($1 a pop at a Michaels, less with their normal $40% off coupon) and some nice packaging.

We have 2 family members that will be in their house the rest of their lives and enjoy this aesthetic.

I'll update whenever I do this about how they turn out!

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« Reply #152 on: April 28, 2017, 09:28:21 AM »
Posting to follow... I'd like to try and do more handmade gifts this year.  There are some great ideas in here!

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« Reply #153 on: April 28, 2017, 10:52:55 AM »
Posting to remind myself to get started on my gifts this year!  Last year I made fruit cordials in a bunch of flavors (the standouts were the plum, the blackberry vanilla, and the ginger liquor - the lavender pear not so much) and a set of baking extracts for those who don't drink (did vanilla, orange, almond, and mint).  For this year, I don't want to repeat, since I'm sure no one is going to go through the extracts so quickly, so I'm planning on doing homemade soap.  I also love the tea ideas several people mentioned, that might be my secondary for people who might not want soap, or if my soaps don't come out well.  First time making soap, so we'll see.

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« Reply #154 on: May 03, 2017, 03:01:26 PM »
I finished the felt blocks.  They are about 2x2 inch squares of felt, sewn together into blocks and stuffed.  She will be just over a year and a half (the niece) when Christmas rolls around, so she should be getting close to the stage of stacking.  Before she stacks them, they are also nice and squishy...so they will be good soft squish-able and throw-able toys that can't hurt anything. 



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« Reply #155 on: May 03, 2017, 03:32:17 PM »
Posting to follow! I bought a sewing machine at the thrift store and want to learn how to use it. Any beginner-friendly sewing projects that make good gifts?
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« Reply #156 on: May 03, 2017, 03:37:17 PM »
Those felt blocks are gorgeous!!

Posting to follow! I bought a sewing machine at the thrift store and want to learn how to use it. Any beginner-friendly sewing projects that make good gifts?

I haven't learnt how to use my sewing machine yet (received it as a hand-me-down) but I've been browsing beginner projects found via google and it looks fairly easy to make a whole range of cute and practical items.

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« Reply #157 on: May 03, 2017, 09:26:47 PM »
Posting to follow! I bought a sewing machine at the thrift store and want to learn how to use it. Any beginner-friendly sewing projects that make good gifts?

Simple tote bags.

Double sided receiving blankets--take two pieces of flannel/other soft material, right sides together, sew 1" seam around the edge, leaving a hole to push fabric through.  Turn right side out through the hole, then sew another seam about 1/2" around the edge, folding the fabric from the hole under and stitching closed as you go.  Flannel really frays when washed, so you want a good seam allowance.  When doing these blankets, I don't wash the flannel first.  You don't have to stitch in the middle, but you could if you wanted.  My machine has some fancy stitches, so I use those for the outer edge.

PJ pants (I purchase patterns from JoAnne's when they go on sale).

Pillowcases

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Gift bag (basically a pillowcase with a drawstring)

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« Reply #158 on: May 04, 2017, 10:13:17 AM »
I want to jump on the vanilla extract bandwagon! What do you guys bottle them in? I'd imagine jars are kind of hard to pour out of, should I look for bottles on AliExpress or something where shipping time doesn't matter this far out?

I've had my eye on soapmaking for some time and think I will give that a shot too. I can make Oatmeal Stout soaps for the men and maybe green-eyed bentonite or goat's milk and honey for the ladies. Ideas appreciated!

I'd like to also make a sugar scrub to go with the soaps, I'll have to look up recipes.

I guess my first step is to figure out recipes and containers! I'd like to print sleeves for the soaps and find jars for the scrubs and vanilla extract. 😊

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« Reply #159 on: May 04, 2017, 10:27:00 AM »
I want to jump on the vanilla extract bandwagon! What do you guys bottle them in? I'd imagine jars are kind of hard to pour out of, should I look for bottles on AliExpress or something where shipping time doesn't matter this far out?

I've had my eye on soapmaking for some time and think I will give that a shot too. I can make Oatmeal Stout soaps for the men and maybe green-eyed bentonite or goat's milk and honey for the ladies. Ideas appreciated!

I'd like to also make a sugar scrub to go with the soaps, I'll have to look up recipes.

I guess my first step is to figure out recipes and containers! I'd like to print sleeves for the soaps and find jars for the scrubs and vanilla extract. 😊

You can wait on final containers for the vanilla until close the holidays.  I bought a couple of cases from the local glass bottle company but only bc we were making a lot of herbal medicines at the time.  I think Amazon has some pretty good deals for small quantities or just save up interesting small jars/ask friends/ go to thrift stores......  I then used a cricut to make a pretty label for them last time.

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« Reply #160 on: May 04, 2017, 10:30:20 AM »

I guess my first step is to figure out recipes and containers! I'd like to print sleeves for the soaps and find jars for the scrubs and vanilla extract. 😊

Many moons ago someone on a Homemade Christmas thread suggested Specialty Bottles: http://www.specialtybottle.com/ They are great! The only thing I would suggest is what you need for packaging BEFORE you start sopiing or you will see many uses for all the packaging and end up not having to buy any for years *cough* which is not a bad thing, per se....  But yeah, cobalt blue containers with a fancy looking label make everything look super professional. I had an aunt *gush* over a sugar scrub I made and then argued with me when I tried to tell her I didn't buy it :)

Loving everyone's project shares! Those felt food and felt blocks are AWESOME!

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« Reply #161 on: May 04, 2017, 02:25:11 PM »

I guess my first step is to figure out recipes and containers! I'd like to print sleeves for the soaps and find jars for the scrubs and vanilla extract. 😊

Many moons ago someone on a Homemade Christmas thread suggested Specialty Bottles: http://www.specialtybottle.com/ They are great! The only thing I would suggest is what you need for packaging BEFORE you start sopiing or you will see many uses for all the packaging and end up not having to buy any for years *cough* which is not a bad thing, per se....  But yeah, cobalt blue containers with a fancy looking label make everything look super professional. I had an aunt *gush* over a sugar scrub I made and then argued with me when I tried to tell her I didn't buy it :)

Loving everyone's project shares! Those felt food and felt blocks are AWESOME!

Do you happen to still have the recipe for the sugar scrub??

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« Reply #162 on: May 05, 2017, 11:58:32 AM »

I guess my first step is to figure out recipes and containers! I'd like to print sleeves for the soaps and find jars for the scrubs and vanilla extract. 😊

Many moons ago someone on a Homemade Christmas thread suggested Specialty Bottles: http://www.specialtybottle.com/ They are great! The only thing I would suggest is what you need for packaging BEFORE you start sopiing or you will see many uses for all the packaging and end up not having to buy any for years *cough* which is not a bad thing, per se....  But yeah, cobalt blue containers with a fancy looking label make everything look super professional. I had an aunt *gush* over a sugar scrub I made and then argued with me when I tried to tell her I didn't buy it :)

Loving everyone's project shares! Those felt food and felt blocks are AWESOME!

Do you happen to still have the recipe for the sugar scrub??

Ohh it was a few years ago, I'll have to dig through my notes (if I kept them, I've moved a couple of times since) It is basically just a carrier oil combo (Almond, apricot, jojoba, whatever you want to use) The very cheapest would be grapeseed oil as it is light and absorbs well and is neutral in colour and smell, Sugar, a few drops of essential oil* and whatever mix-ins you want. I went with lavender oil and ground up vanilla bean. You basically add your dry ingredients into the bowl and add enough carrier oil to make it moist and scoopable.

*If you are using EO's stay away from any citruses that are Photosensitive or make sure you buy ones that have the terpenes removed.


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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #163 on: May 05, 2017, 05:42:27 PM »

I guess my first step is to figure out recipes and containers! I'd like to print sleeves for the soaps and find jars for the scrubs and vanilla extract.

Many moons ago someone on a Homemade Christmas thread suggested Specialty Bottles: http://www.specialtybottle.com/ They are great! The only thing I would suggest is what you need for packaging BEFORE you start sopiing or you will see many uses for all the packaging and end up not having to buy any for years *cough* which is not a bad thing, per se....  But yeah, cobalt blue containers with a fancy looking label make everything look super professional. I had an aunt *gush* over a sugar scrub I made and then argued with me when I tried to tell her I didn't buy it :)

Loving everyone's project shares! Those felt food and felt blocks are AWESOME!

Wow, thanks so much for that website! I'm looking at it now and it's perfect. So I guess at this point I'm trying to figure out how to be the most frugal with this - limiting and re-using different ingredients. I'm going to start on the vanilla extract in June so that it's got plenty of time to get where it needs to be by December 25, and then I'm thinking I can just put 1/2 or 1/4 of a bean (split and halved) into each of 10 bottles for decoration, and then dry out and powder the rest of the beans for a sugar scrub / soap? Hmm.

This is going to be my first Christmas doing primarily hand-made, and I'm definitely appreciating the planning that goes into this! I had no idea.

I've already decided I'm making 10 bottles of vanilla extract, 12 jars of peppermint-sugar scrub, and have the bottles/labels/jars/decorations planned for those. I'm trying to organize a "theme" so that the gifts don't feel too piecemeal. I'm in the process of planning a vanilla (maybe vanilla-mint?) handmade soap and/or lotion bars that I could put some of the vanilla bean powder into once the extract is ready, but then the vanilla extract kind of seems out of place.

Any ideas as to how I should tie that in? Or should I keep that as maybe a separate gift type and pair it with candied almonds/pecans and other goodies?
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« Reply #164 on: May 06, 2017, 09:19:15 AM »
I've already decided I'm making 10 bottles of vanilla extract, 12 jars of peppermint-sugar scrub, and have the bottles/labels/jars/decorations planned for those. I'm trying to organize a "theme" so that the gifts don't feel too piecemeal. I'm in the process of planning a vanilla (maybe vanilla-mint?) handmade soap and/or lotion bars that I could put some of the vanilla bean powder into once the extract is ready, but then the vanilla extract kind of seems out of place.

Any ideas as to how I should tie that in? Or should I keep that as maybe a separate gift type and pair it with candied almonds/pecans and other goodies?

Sounds to me Like Vanilla is your theme :) You could customize it a couple of different ways depending on what aspects of Vanilla (or it's history or facts) you want to use.

This is a fun one: "Because vanilla has always been so valuable, it has a long history of robbery and intrigue. In Madagascar, vanilla rustling has been a major problem when the price for vanilla is at a cyclic high. Growers brand the individual beans with pins or a knife when they are green and the marks remain after the beans are dried. Whenever someone suspects that their beans are stolen, they can determine by the distinctive tattoo whether or not the beans are theirs."
http://www.vanillaqueen.com/facts-about-vanilla/

You could play up the rarity aspect or the luxury or what some of the traits of the scent are and used for. You could incorporate the extract by including a recipe for a Vanilla Panacotta or something else that would be awesome but perishable so wouldn't work as part of the basket. If you have someone who is into soda or cocktails, pair it with a bottle of coke and a recipe for a Vanilla rum and coke. Or you can get fancy, do it in a smaller bottle add another complimentary flavoring or two and make a Vanilla "bitters". It would go father AND seem more fancy-pants.

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #165 on: May 06, 2017, 08:20:16 PM »
I've already decided I'm making 10 bottles of vanilla extract, 12 jars of peppermint-sugar scrub, and have the bottles/labels/jars/decorations planned for those. I'm trying to organize a "theme" so that the gifts don't feel too piecemeal. I'm in the process of planning a vanilla (maybe vanilla-mint?) handmade soap and/or lotion bars that I could put some of the vanilla bean powder into once the extract is ready, but then the vanilla extract kind of seems out of place.

Any ideas as to how I should tie that in? Or should I keep that as maybe a separate gift type and pair it with candied almonds/pecans and other goodies?

Sounds to me Like Vanilla is your theme :) You could customize it a couple of different ways depending on what aspects of Vanilla (or it's history or facts) you want to use.

This is a fun one: "Because vanilla has always been so valuable, it has a long history of robbery and intrigue. In Madagascar, vanilla rustling has been a major problem when the price for vanilla is at a cyclic high. Growers brand the individual beans with pins or a knife when they are green and the marks remain after the beans are dried. Whenever someone suspects that their beans are stolen, they can determine by the distinctive tattoo whether or not the beans are theirs."
http://www.vanillaqueen.com/facts-about-vanilla/

You could play up the rarity aspect or the luxury or what some of the traits of the scent are and used for. You could incorporate the extract by including a recipe for a Vanilla Panacotta or something else that would be awesome but perishable so wouldn't work as part of the basket. If you have someone who is into soda or cocktails, pair it with a bottle of coke and a recipe for a Vanilla rum and coke. Or you can get fancy, do it in a smaller bottle add another complimentary flavoring or two and make a Vanilla "bitters". It would go father AND seem more fancy-pants.

That's really clever! Thanks so much!

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #166 on: May 08, 2017, 12:55:08 PM »
Well, they are not for xmas, but I did just make a couple of placemats like this for the kids.  Thought someone else might like the idea too. 

The ones in the picture aren't mine---I'm a beginner in sewing so let's just say mine are not the prettiest.  I just stitched the outlines right on the placemat fabric because cutting out the shapes on other fabric and stitching the edges of the cut outs was too difficult for me. 

I guess I need to make a couple more for the DH and I....just because. 

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« Reply #167 on: May 08, 2017, 04:59:09 PM »
Well, they are not for xmas, but I did just make a couple of placemats like this for the kids.  Thought someone else might like the idea too. 

The ones in the picture aren't mine---I'm a beginner in sewing so let's just say mine are not the prettiest.  I just stitched the outlines right on the placemat fabric because cutting out the shapes on other fabric and stitching the edges of the cut outs was too difficult for me. 

I guess I need to make a couple more for the DH and I....just because.
Those are SUPER cute!

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« Reply #168 on: May 08, 2017, 05:45:24 PM »
Well, they are not for xmas, but I did just make a couple of placemats like this for the kids.  Thought someone else might like the idea too. 

The ones in the picture aren't mine---I'm a beginner in sewing so let's just say mine are not the prettiest.  I just stitched the outlines right on the placemat fabric because cutting out the shapes on other fabric and stitching the edges of the cut outs was too difficult for me. 

I guess I need to make a couple more for the DH and I....just because.

Those are cute.

If you want to try the cut outs...  You can use fusible interfacing (like wonder-under).  It has paper on one side where you can draw your design--it's see-through enough that if you have a light box or use a window, you can put a drawing underneath and trace it.  Then you iron the glue side to the wrong side of the fabric you want to cut.  Cut the fabric and paper to the shape you drew.  Peel off paper and iron to your background fabric.  It will be stuck together nicely and you can then stitch around it (you could use a straight stitch just inside the cut fabric, or you could zig-zag stitch around the edge).  The fusible interfacing makes it much easier since it will hold everything in place for you. 

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« Reply #169 on: May 10, 2017, 09:46:49 AM »

If you want to try the cut outs...  You can use fusible interfacing (like wonder-under).  It has paper on one side where you can draw your design--it's see-through enough that if you have a light box or use a window, you can put a drawing underneath and trace it.  Then you iron the glue side to the wrong side of the fabric you want to cut.  Cut the fabric and paper to the shape you drew.  Peel off paper and iron to your background fabric.  It will be stuck together nicely and you can then stitch around it (you could use a straight stitch just inside the cut fabric, or you could zig-zag stitch around the edge).  The fusible interfacing makes it much easier since it will hold everything in place for you.

Thanks Sparky.  I actually tried to make them cut outs first and as I tried to zig-zag the edges they got all buckled and ugly bc I wasn't using interfacing.  I've used it once on the-most-complicated-dress-ever that I am still trying to finish for my daughter and kinda guessed that's what I should have done.  Though I have my doubts that I could do it!  I ended up deciding that the kids were just going to spill stuff all over these anyway, so "okay" would be good enough.  I'll know to harass you with questions though when I pick back up that dress.  :-)

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« Reply #170 on: May 10, 2017, 11:16:26 AM »

If you want to try the cut outs...  You can use fusible interfacing (like wonder-under).  It has paper on one side where you can draw your design--it's see-through enough that if you have a light box or use a window, you can put a drawing underneath and trace it.  Then you iron the glue side to the wrong side of the fabric you want to cut.  Cut the fabric and paper to the shape you drew.  Peel off paper and iron to your background fabric.  It will be stuck together nicely and you can then stitch around it (you could use a straight stitch just inside the cut fabric, or you could zig-zag stitch around the edge).  The fusible interfacing makes it much easier since it will hold everything in place for you.

Thanks Sparky.  I actually tried to make them cut outs first and as I tried to zig-zag the edges they got all buckled and ugly bc I wasn't using interfacing.  I've used it once on the-most-complicated-dress-ever that I am still trying to finish for my daughter and kinda guessed that's what I should have done.  Though I have my doubts that I could do it!  I ended up deciding that the kids were just going to spill stuff all over these anyway, so "okay" would be good enough.  I'll know to harass you with questions though when I pick back up that dress.  :-)

You could use fabric paint - and then zip-zag or use another stitch around the painted shapes.

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« Reply #171 on: May 16, 2017, 08:51:29 PM »
My online source for vanilla beans:  https://saffron.com/

My team at work is 50/50 male and female, and includes a diabetic and a vegetarian.  My gift solution was a selection of homemade herb/salt blends in cute canning jars.  Not sure yet what I'm going to make this Christmas!

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« Reply #172 on: July 02, 2017, 04:02:16 PM »
Made watercolor and ink paintings for my mom for Christmas.  Framed them the other day! 


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« Reply #173 on: July 02, 2017, 05:22:43 PM »
Made watercolor and ink paintings for my mom for Christmas.  Framed them the other day!

Quite beautiful!

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« Reply #174 on: July 02, 2017, 05:34:37 PM »
Those are lovely, alewpanda!!

I have a friend who does stained glass and is teaching me enough to make some pieces for DH's extended family. I never have any idea what to make them since I don't know them very well, but they always send gifts for us. Here's a photo of a cross for his grandma - getting close to being ready for foil and solder!
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« Reply #175 on: July 02, 2017, 07:58:48 PM »
I started some more vanilla beans in vodka today. I really need to find a cheap source for beans ... vanilla was $27 at Costco the other day (Canada).
How long do you plan on leaving yours in the vodka? I just started some yesterday as well! And yeah, vanilla beans are definitely costly.

I find that I can start using it after 3 months ... but its still quite boozy. After 6 months, its the same as Costco vanilla, except better tasting.

I broke down and bought some Amazon vanilla beans this week. When they get here, I'll go buy some more vodka and get it going in the back of my cupboard. I bake a lot and I'm having to use my boozy vanilla already.

KID: "Mom, these cookies are reeealllly good!"

ME: "Mmmm-hmmmm"

Haven't checked this thread for a while but this is just gold!

I found the same when I made vanilla with rum. After three months it was just vanilla-flavoured rum. Had to wait six months.

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« Reply #176 on: July 02, 2017, 08:13:17 PM »
Posting to follow.  Definitely going to jump on the sewing bandwagon.  I'm thinking maybe grill aprons for men?  Has anyone ever tried those?  There's a lot of grilling by the males here abouts.

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« Reply #177 on: July 03, 2017, 07:13:01 AM »
I plan on doing homemade Christmas gifts.  I havent yet decided what to make.

Last year I made everyone knitted wash cloths and soap, strawberry wine jelly, and salted caramel hot chocolate mix.

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« Reply #178 on: July 03, 2017, 09:04:40 PM »
I'm making progress on the quilt for my parents.  I ended up making all but about 10 of the blocks myself, but at least I got them done.  I am waiting for one piece of fabric, and then I'll add a section for us "kids".  I have two small sections that represent the 6 grandkids already.  Hopefully I'll be able to get it sandwiched next week and start quilting soon.


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« Reply #179 on: July 03, 2017, 09:07:46 PM »
SCOTTIE DOG, ^^

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« Reply #180 on: July 04, 2017, 07:46:27 PM »
Thanks everyone for the fantastic ideas.  I'm going to make the Lemoncello and start collecting tea bags to make something like this http://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-a-Tea-Bag-Wreath.html.

Now all the kids are grown and there are no grandchildren as yet we do a Chris Kringle for gift giving among the family. Out young adult kids are starting out so we don't want them to feel they need to spend lots of money on presents. Everyone buys/makes a gift to the value of no more than $20, suitable for anyone. Thrifted gifts allowed.  We play a game where gifts can be stolen, it's good fun. Appreciated gifts have included: homemade bread boards (made by my DH, supply is low so he'll get busy making some more), house plants (kids now living out of home really loved these), movie tickets, herb vinegars/oils, icecream sauces eg. salted caramel.

We are travelling next month to visit friends and family 'over East' (East coast of Australia) so I've started making thank you gifts.  The orange wholegrain mustard turned out great.  It's made from whole mustard seeds, very easy to make. I used a recipe from a cookbook but Jamie Oliver has a recipe, made with Beer which sounds tasty http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/uncategorised-recipes/wholegrain-mustard/ Beware, this has a powerful taste, very delicious, nothing like the commercial supermarket brands IMHO. I'll also make Lime Marmalade with limes "from Grandad's tree" so special.




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« Reply #181 on: July 04, 2017, 10:17:30 PM »
SCOTTIE DOG, ^^

Yes :) but, in this case, it's representing miniature schnauzers, lol.

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« Reply #182 on: July 05, 2017, 06:53:49 AM »
SCOTTIE DOG, ^^

Yes :) but, in this case, it's representing miniature schnauzers, lol.

Them too! Very cute.

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« Reply #183 on: July 05, 2017, 10:29:45 PM »
This is one of the wooden boards my partners makes.  We use one for olives, cheese and crackers. They have always been very gratefully received. The bowls I brought yesterday $1.40 each. One present ready for gift giving!


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« Reply #184 on: July 06, 2017, 05:42:23 PM »
Saw these in Vogue and thought folks here may be interested. Reported for use in pedicures.

Pink Himalayan Salt Foot Soak
2 T pink Himalayan salt
1 drop cypress essential oil
1 drop tea tree essential oil
1 tsp. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap
Tub of warm water
Directions: Mix ingredients until equally distributed. Soak feet 15 minutes, or until skin plumps and softens.

Coconut Oil Foot Scrub
1/4 cup sea salt
1/2 T Dr. Bronner’s soap
3 T organic fractionated coconut oil
2 drops peppermint oil (or any essential oil)
Directions: Mix ingredients into a rough, uniform paste. Apply to entire foot and ankle area, and massage gently for 10 minutes, concentrating on heels and balls of feet. Rinse off with warm water.

Wild Orange and Coconut Oil Moisturizer
1 part organic fractionated coconut oil
1 part organic aloe vera gel
1 drop wild orange essential oil
Directions: Mix ingredients in a glass jar with lid. Coat foot liberally with oil treatment and massage for five minutes or longer.

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #185 on: July 06, 2017, 06:11:46 PM »
I'm in. I did it last year, but only left myself three months. I pulled it off (mostly), but it was a tight one.

I'm still not sure what I want to do this year yet. I lean towards food items, because then it isn't something someone has to store and keep forever (or give away), so I was thinking maybe jar soup mixes. I was also thinking of making something like this:  http://www.craftideas.info/html/wood_burned_ornaments_f.html We have a ton of trees, and I think we have a wood burner somewhere, so this could be cool.

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #186 on: July 11, 2017, 09:55:28 PM »
Status Update of Current Homemade Gift Ideas

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
     -Won't be made until December

2. Homemade Dog Treats
     -Won't be made until December

3. Two TEN Paracord Dog Leashes
     -Bought 2 dog leash snap hooks
     -Purchased paracord/heat shrink tubing
     -Next Steps: Purchase more snap hooks // make leashes

4. Homemade Clock
     -Bought a used Harley Davidson clutch cover to turn into a clock
     -Bought clock parts
     -Assembled // painted
     -Completed!

5. Vanilla Extract
     -Made
     -Next Steps: Divide into gift bottles in December

Finished the Harley Davidson Clock!!

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #187 on: July 12, 2017, 12:42:43 AM »
I think I'm going to steal your homemade peanut butter cups idea. Easy, and everyone will love it!

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #188 on: July 12, 2017, 02:23:53 AM »
The clock turned out great, I'm sure the recipient will love it!

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #189 on: July 12, 2017, 02:28:20 AM »
I just finished the quilt top a few minutes ago.  That thing is a beast!  90" x 108". 

I'm still debating whether last weekend was mustachian, or completely not, but I don't really care...  I found a Viking Husqvarna mega quilter, complete with a frame (so that I can use it similar to how you would a long arm machine, just without all the throat space of a long arm).  It was a good deal, and they are great machines.  I was also ready to upgrade, so timing and price both worked out.  I'll need to practice with it before I can use it on this quilt, but I'm now pretty confident I'll be able to finish before Christmas.  I'll still hand quilt portions of it, but the towering task of quilting my first queen sized quilt is a little less towering now.  The machine will definitely get a workout over the next several years!


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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #190 on: July 13, 2017, 01:18:44 PM »
I'm in! Here's my tentative list:

Parents: Embroidery Project + Donation Card
Inlaws: Embroidery Project + Restaurant Gift Card
Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts, Cousins: Photo Card
Friends: Photo Card & Homemade Salsa 
Co-Workers: Baked Goods (I make huge batches for me and DH to take to work)
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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #191 on: July 13, 2017, 01:23:37 PM »
BTW, does anyone have good recommendations on ordering labels for homemade canned goods like salsas, pickles, and hot sauces? I am not crafty (other than embroidery) and am worried it will look like garbage if I try to DIY.
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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #192 on: July 13, 2017, 01:40:30 PM »
What about sheets of labels from an office supply place like Staples that you then run through your printer with a template of the font that you could find online?

Or if you have a friend who has decent handwriting or hand-lettering skills, could you trade them a jar or two of your canned goods in exchange for writing up your labels?

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #193 on: July 13, 2017, 01:58:22 PM »
BTW, does anyone have good recommendations on ordering labels for homemade canned goods like salsas, pickles, and hot sauces? I am not crafty (other than embroidery) and am worried it will look like garbage if I try to DIY.

Have you done a search on Pinterest for "free printable canning labels"? That should turn up lots of options for designs and hopefully you can find something you like.
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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #194 on: July 15, 2017, 03:49:31 PM »
So I took a soap making class today....i think I now have some soap to gift! And here I didn't think i'd make any progress on gifts while traveling. 

Also for labels, I had bought one of those stamper/puncher do-thingies at Tuesday Morning on super clearance. So I just used a regular large label, punched out a pretty border on it and then tried to nicely write "homemade rum vanilla" or something. 

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #195 on: July 16, 2017, 08:28:55 AM »
I think I am going to make edible gifts.  At this point, I'm thinking of making truffles (though I like the peanut butter cups idea) and maple strawberry sauce.  We have grape vines and blackberry bushes so I might also make grape jelly or blackberry jam.

I also like the idea of making some quilted pot holders, but haven't decided if I am going to do that.

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #196 on: July 17, 2017, 09:22:17 AM »
Thinking off adding beeswax cloth food wraps to my list.  Has anyone tried making them before?  Did you like them?  I figure they would pair nicely with my homemade vanilla and strawberry jam that's currently on my gift list.

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #197 on: July 18, 2017, 06:57:20 AM »
Bracken_Joy posted a recipe for homemade, room-temperature stable, pseudo-bouillon cubes over in the Moustachian People Problems (just for fun) forum, and I think I might make them for my mom (and myself).  I have an infinite supply of frozen chicken carcasses, and also some grass-fed beef soup bones, and I'm kind of tired of storing jars and jars and jars of bone broth in my freezer - it's taking up space that I could use for a pig!

http://nourishedkitchen.com/homemade-bouillon-portable-soup/

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #198 on: July 21, 2017, 12:02:12 PM »
I just finished the quilt top a few minutes ago.  That thing is a beast!  90" x 108". 

I'm still debating whether last weekend was mustachian, or completely not, but I don't really care...  I found a Viking Husqvarna mega quilter, complete with a frame (so that I can use it similar to how you would a long arm machine, just without all the throat space of a long arm).  It was a good deal, and they are great machines.  I was also ready to upgrade, so timing and price both worked out.  I'll need to practice with it before I can use it on this quilt, but I'm now pretty confident I'll be able to finish before Christmas.  I'll still hand quilt portions of it, but the towering task of quilting my first queen sized quilt is a little less towering now.  The machine will definitely get a workout over the next several years!

Good quality sewing machines last a lifetime and that's definitely Mustachian! Plus, if you are a good quilter that's a skill that could earn you money, if you want to. If you buy all new fabrics, then quilting is not super frugal, but if you can turn down the heat because of it then it's a good investment! I have started to make practical daily-use quilts from used fabrics, but a heritage project like this is worth buying new fabrics for. It's absolutely wonderful and I'm sure the recipient of the gift will be really happy with it.

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Re: Homemade Christmas - 2017 Edition!
« Reply #199 on: July 23, 2017, 11:16:40 AM »
I harvested a bunch of mint from my garden yesterday and started some mint extract. I tried to do this last year, and it didn't really work. Hopefully this year, it'll work better. I also took a saw into our woods and cut down a tree branch that I want to slice into disks to make Christmas ornaments from. I'm going to wait for DH to get back from a trip before I attempt to use the table saw, however.