Here are some small gifts I assembled for my gal pals. The box contained several items that signified the hopes I had for each of them: tea for nourishment, fuzzy socks for warmth; a magic wand to right any wrongs that might occur for them in the coming year and a sparkly book to bring sparkle and light to them, and to serve as a place to jot down all the things they are thankful for in the coming year.
Who would have thought that the week before Christmas would have had so many nice estate sales in which to shop?! Here are some finds that I picked up a couple weeks ago, and my plans for them….
I really love to wrap Christmas presents. I enjoy the process-thinking about how the gift should look, how could I use what materials I have, or can I incorporate something unusual, etc.
I had purchased some beautiful fabric that was a white organza, with silver snowflakes. I knew when I got it that I would be using it for gifts!
For knitting group, I got everyone a notebook (to take knitting notes of course!) and wrapped them in plain, white tissue. I made a sleeve for each book out of the snowflake fabric, and slipped it over the white tissue. the seam is in the back, FYI. I then took plain, white key tags and stamped a silver snowflake on the front of each one. On the back, I wrote the recipient’s name. Then, I removed the white string each tag came with, and sewed the tag onto the package with some silver thread; I also attached a tiny silver bell at the same time to give it some extra cuteness. I loved the end result and I was pleased to hand them out.
My maternal grandmother used to make Potato Chip Cookies when I was a little girl. I fell in love with them then, and I’m just as crazy about them now. Although, mine will never taste as good as hers! Here’s the recipe that I have from her-I don’t know where it originated, or when someone had the good sense to add potato chips to cookie dough!
- 1 c. butter, room temperature
- ¾ c. sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 c. flour
- ¾ c. crushed potato chips
- ¾ c. pecans, chopped fine
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually add flour and then potato chips. Mix in nuts by hand. Dough will be stiff.
Use a teaspoon or a cookie scoop to portion dough into cookies, and place on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until lightly brown around edges. Cookies will be delicate and delicious.
I don’t ordinarily decorate my cubicle at work, but I decided to make a few things and bring them downtown for some holiday cheer at my home-away-from-home. These pictures aren’t the greatest, but it’s the best I could do in cubeland.
My aim was for a “homespun” holiday theme.
So I decided it was time for me to make some glitter deer for the holiday. I started with these guys-a mom and two babes
They were cute in their own right, but I wanted glitz! So, out came the Mod Podge and a paint brush….after a thick coat, the glitter went on well. I let it all dry well, and then painted another coat of Mod Podge on top, to help the glitter stick better. It worked-there was a lot less shedding with the deer than there was with the pumpkins I made around Halloween.
The last step was to make some inspirational collars-the doe has a collar that says “love” and the babies have “joy” and “hope”. I made them out of some vellum paper, but any paper would work. The picture at the end of this post has a close-up of the doe’s “collar”.
The three are arranged on the base of a cloche that I have, but the pictures turned out better when I left the top off, that’s why it doesn’t look complete.
If the “cloche” looks a little small or different, it’s because it used to be a cheese tray and dome! I painted the bottom of it black (instead of the natural wood) and use it for small displays. You can find these pretty cheaply at Goodwill stores.
I first saw this project at this website: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/marblemagnets/
This project turned out nicely, with minimal effort/supplies, and would be a good project for kids (who can use scissors and glue).
For the project you will need glass bobbles/marbles, (I found mine at a fabric store, but they are also at local dollar stores too) mod podge, magnets and images of some kind that you want to use. I used an old map, but there are oodles of options-pictures, (copies) magazine images, words, scrapbook paper…..the glass marbles must have one flat side which is the side you will adhere your image to and the magnet for hanging.
Start by cutting the images to the size of your glass marbles/bobbles. Each one varies a little, so you want to be pretty accurate. Apply one coat of Mod Podge to the flat side of the glass bobble and apply your image (so that it shows through the rounded side) and apply a second coat of Mod Podge to the backside of the image. You will make a Mod Podge sandwich, if you will, with your image in the middle.
After the Mod Podge dries, glue a magnet to the back and let that dry. Then your project is complete! I used an old map of my local area, and cut out locations that were significant to me-my hometown, my work location, etc. My friends did this project with me, and one printed off map locations of all the cities she had traveled, my other friend cut out pretty images/destinations (the Eiffel Tower, etc.) from magazines and an old calendar. The only warning is that thick and glossy items (like actual photos) will not work well.
Note: You can see that I opted to use part of my map (from 1967) that explained the Illinois toll charge-approximated 2 1/4 cents for each mile! I got such a kick out of is because it’s quite a bit different now, and thought it made a great magnet 😉
Every Thanksgiving, my family plays BINGO. I think we started doing it because it’s a game that big groups can play; little kids pick up on it pretty well, and if not, they can be easily partnered with a “helper”; and we needed to do something to give us some time to digest the dinner food before we brought out desserts!
Some years there are actual prizes, and some years there is “just” money handed out to the winners. This year, I opted to some small gifts. I needed to wrap them, but wanted a
cheap inexpensive way to do it. Enter-the versatile paper bag! I made some tags from a scrap piece of fabric by gluing it to the tag. After the glue and fabric were dry, I stamped the first letter corresponding to the gift bag’s winner. Each item was placed in a paper bag, and the tags were “clipped” on using old clothes pins. I stored them in a little suitcase.
Accidentally got caught taking this picture!
I had a little bug in my boo after seeing this post:
How cute-little metal trucks and cars toting mini Christmas trees. So, I bundled up and headed to the flea market this past weekend and found an ambulance and a tow truck that did the trick to satisfy my itch. After adding some brush trees, I now have a couple little cuties too!
Here is the ambulance from above-I didn’t want to tie the tree on top and block the red cross!
I had to show this photo (below) with the “giant” cat in the background! Looked like the set of a cheesy movie. This little girl is just about 3 months old and was “helping” out with today’s craft project.