Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This post was obviously delayed because I couldn't post about Christmas presents I was making and then advertise them.  I just didn't mean for this post to be three months delayed.  Oh well.  Onward and upward.

Funds were tight this past Christmas and the list of people to shop for had nearly doubled.  There was no way my pocket book could handle a list like that so I relied heavily on my crafty genes and good ol' Pinterest.  I ended up making gifts for over 25 people this year.  (Yes, TWENTY FIVE!  Now you can see why I wasn't blogging!)  Here are some of the highlights of gifts I made and some of their finished products.

Bird's Nest Necklaces

These have been a huge hit.  They fall under the two things I love to make most...inexpensive and easy crafts.  Here's a great tutorial on how to make the Bird's Nest Necklaces.  Sarah's instructions are easy to follow and have step by step instructions.  You can get all the supplies in one stop at a store like Hobby Lobby or Michael's.  You can personalize them by choosing the "eggs" in some one's birthstone colors.  I made these for some special ladies this Christmas and then came home and made myself some in all sorts of colors. 
This is the necklace I made for my sister.  The larger
beads represent her and her husband while the
smaller bead represents their son.

This is the necklace in action.  I like the
iridescence of the beads in the light.

I made this one for my Papa's wife, LaDonna.  These
beads represent her grandson and two great
grandsons that were born last year.

Sugar Scrubs
Next up, I made a lot of sugar scrubs.  You can find all sorts of recipes on Pinterest or on Google.  I made two different types, Vanilla Brown Sugar and an Orange Honey Sugar that I made up as I went along.  That one was simply white sugar, orange extract, honey, sunflower oil and some orange food coloring to help give it some vibrancy.  I collected an assortment of jars from Hobby Lobby (50% off glass sale) and mason jars (by the box to save some change), filled them with the scrubs, added a ribbon and a tag.  They were a huge hit.

Spice Mixes
My office group nearly doubled this year.  I didn't want to make baked good because we drown in them during the holidays.  Then I figured, everyone in the office cooks.  Why not make some spice mixes?  I hit a Hobby Lobby 50% off glass sale and got some cute little jars.  They were a steal!  I decided to make a Paula Deen House Seasoning in one and an Outback Steak seasoning mix in the other.  I love the Paula Deen house seasoning.  It's perfect on just about any cut of meat.  I use it to season cut up chicken in recipes.  I packaged the jars with some of the left over sugar scrub supplies and I was done!  

Camera Strap Cover
My brother-in-law, Chris, is quite the photographer.  His camera is never far out of reach but he's always wondering where he set his lens cap.  When I saw this sewing tutorial, I just had to make it for him.  
The best part is, I had scraps left over from making his, and from the Halloween apron, that I had enough to make another one for my sister's camera too.  They didn't take long to make either.  
This is the cover for Chris
And this is the cover for Bethany

Stocking Rod
One last item of business, some decorations.  I now have a fireplace to hang stockings, but I don't like how cluttered the mantle can look when each stocking has a holder.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to give it a go.  
I picked up my two stocking holders at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale and I already had a silver curtain rod I wasn't using.  This is how my bargain came together.  Perfection!

Last but not least, it wouldn't be a Christmas wrap up without showing all the presents under the tree!  No lie, I'd say over 75% of the presents under this tree were homemade and on a dime.  

Next Christmas, I don't know if I can undertake so many homemade gifts, but I know I've already started scouring Pinterest for ideas!

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