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Kim (Mistry) -
Subject: Christmas Gifts- What are you making?
Date Posted: 11/7/2007 10:42 AM ET
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  I am planning on making several fleece ponchos, scarfs and blankets for the kids in the family.   A couple of the book purses I've made for the funkier girls in the family.  As well as some rice heating/freezer pads and I'm going to try my hand at coffee mug rugs.  I haven't found a pattern for those, but looking at pics, they seem to be basic long fabric tubes filled with rice or cinnamon or a mixture of those, coiled and tacked together to rest your coffee cup on.   Lots of coffee drinkers in the family, and using scraps of fabric will keep costs down.

  What are you thinking of making for Christmas?

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 1:32 PM ET
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I bought some lavender off of etsy.com, and I am going to make some funky felt sachets/ornaments/car air fresheners for the gals.  The guys might be a little harder - cloves maybe?

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 2:46 PM ET
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I'm a newbie crafter... so Im going small and easy- scarves and cross-stitched ornaments... I'm tackling tw o larger x-stitch projects that are being gifted as "works in progress".  :)

OH!  and I've been keeping yarn and floss bits, so DS and I stuffed them into clear ball ornaments and labeled them 2007 for everyone as well :)

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 11/7/2007 2:51 PM ET
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 One year, to finish off old acrylic paints, I bought some clear glass ornaments, and pour different colored paints into them. Swirled around, and then turned over to drain and dry.  They came out gorgeous and were very well received.  I think 12 ornaments cost me 3.99!

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 4:08 PM ET
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I found a sale on some beautiful glass jars with lids. I'm going to fill them with home- made bath salts. I am also making a huge batch of Bar-B-Q rub that I will be putting in nice jars. The glass ornaments posted above sounds like a fun idea.
Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 11/7/2007 4:46 PM ET
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Cindy, it was so easy and a lot of fun!    I did this with a 6 yr old and she had a blast with it!

Date Posted: 11/10/2007 12:34 PM ET
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Now that I know a 6 year old can do it I just might give it a try!!! LOL
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 3:22 PM ET
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When I did these clear glass ornaments, I swished some rubbing alcohol around the inside  to clean the ornaments first. It seemed to help the paint to stick, particularly the metallic colors.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 3:28 PM ET
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My son and I colored some Epson salt  to make bathsalts with.  He had a lot of fun.  I am also taking fist sized rocks from the mulitude in my yard and (cleaning them good) and wrapping them with 16 guage wire to make picture holders (wrap the wire around like a present and make spirals at the end to hold a picture)....nice paperweight and desk decorations all in one....

so far that is all we have done....

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 8:07 PM ET
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I just started knitting, so for my sons holiday fair i am going to attempt to make some bookmarks to sell Wish me luck.  I am also making a scarf for my 5 year old. He knows about though because he picked out the yarn. He is very anxious for it to be finished.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 2:47 PM ET
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Every year I make several pieces of jewelry for gifts.  In fact, I'm meeting a friend for lunch next week and I still have to make hers.  Guess I'd better get busy, LOL!

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:01 PM ET
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I've finished two baby blankets, and I'm working on a fleece poncho (No sewing!)  I've also finished 3 rice filled heating pads. They were really easy once my mom taught me how to close them properly, LOL.    So I've got a few more to finish, and then I'm going to have to go out into the cold and actually shop for a few people! Yuck!

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 12:31 PM ET
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It's nice to see different ideas for those balls.  We go to Mardi Gras fairly regular, so a few years I put some of the Mardi Gras beads in the glass balls.  Those go over very well. 

I'm knitting a HUGE blanket  (queen size bed).  This is taking a lot of my time since I just started in October, and it's only the second thing I ever knitted.  The first one was a scarf.  I'm getting a lot of compliments though, so crossing fingers that it turns out looking good :)

I'm going to knit a few scarves too.  Kim, I would be interested to know more about the book purses?  That sounds like something I'd use :)

Last year for the grandparents I had my daughter paint puzzle pieces green, with a few red, and we glued them onto photo frames.  Everyone liked those a lot.

I'm looking for more ideas!  Many ideas are warm things to wear, and being in Florida, it's just not a great gift :) 

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 12/6/2007 9:42 PM ET
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Amanda,  one year I bought some blank magnets from the craft store.  I then took puzzle pieces, painted them brown, and glued three together so it looked like a reindeer face.  Glued on eyes and little red pom pom for a nose,  and the magnet in back. I added them to gifts and people still have them on their fridge!  

 Here is the link I used for the book purse. Really  the easiest instructions and prettiest outcome.  Once you've done one, it's easy to get going.   My first one was pretty simple, and I just finished one that I made handles from beads I had laying around, and some silk flowers as well. http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j119/Mistry_2006/002.jpg (This was the first one. I'll upload a link of the newest one :) 

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j119/Mistry_2006/009.jpg   (new purse)

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j119/Mistry_2006/008-1.jpg  (The new purse )

http://scribbit.blogspot.com/2007/09/book-purses.html  This is the site I used the most for the book purse. She has great ideas and her blog is pretty funny, too.  She's got other craft projects going on as well. 



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Date Posted: 12/7/2007 12:14 PM ET
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Mistry, those purses are so cool! Now you are tempting me to adding another craft to my arsenal. This is very dangerous.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 2:36 PM ET
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Sorry, Bridget!  Then I won't tell you it cost me about $2 to make, and took about an hour to finish, aside from drying, and it's thoroughly addicting!  LOL     I'm going to try a few more, and if I still have fun, I may make some for a craft show for next year. So far this is the one craft I've had a lot of fun doing :)

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 6:05 PM ET
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Jar gifts! I love to make these for teachers, aides, support staff... seems like there's alot of people at the schools I want to thank. I collect wide mouth or other interesting jars over the summer from sales, and I have a wonderful granola bar recipe that is simple, and affordable. I also make cauppucino. I use the white lids from Bell Canning Jar, put fancy ribbon around the jar, and attach an instruction tag. I hope to also put together some of a new recipe for double brownies that I found recently. mj