Work Together.......Coming up with Christmas Ideas ......Ways to Beat The Expense and Angst

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/21/2006 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
 This is suppossed to be a happy, loving and giving ,receiving time of yr
Many of us are already bogged down with the stress and angst over how we will manage getting thru yet another "Commercialized" Christmas...........There are plenty of us here and we are known for our very creative minds and ability to please ppl
THE Children need not suffer if we can all work together and help one another come up with some ideas on cutting costs ,trimming costs
Making decorations and gifts as well
I am hoping you's will join in and just add something to help out those that are really getting worried and starting to lose it over the Season coming ...........
 
Cait goes to dollar store and gets really nice glass containers and shells or really pretty colorful stones and other lil things they have there and makes some of her Christmas gifts with all the craft supplies they have at Dollerama and dollar store
 
You can also buy very nice Christmas containers to put baked good in and wrap ribbon around for some ppl you know .....there are so many things you can do and make yourself to help with the expense
I am not being frazzled and dragged into the "COSTLY" ,going into debt again this yr ,I simply cannot I will get cait a coulpe of nice presents and a big one for sure .......I have Tbeen getting a present or 2 each couple of weeks over the past yr to have myself ready I have 2 grandkids and Howie has 3 so we are a big family when all put together.........
 
I am seriously thinking of making Cait a collage of her from babe to now as I know this is something she would cherish ......also I picked up a jewellery box ( dollerama  and I am plannning on decorating it myself ).........
 
WE can also share some quick inexpensive and easy recipes here as well for Chrismas cookies ,cakes and lil goodies like snowballs and such .........anything
 
Please do not take this the wrong way I am not saying that ppl cannot support and do for their families at all I am saying that working together as a team we can come up with some ideas if we all work together and WANT to participate.....to ease some of the anxiety over all of the Christmas hoopla .....and Celebrate our Family and what day is truly about.......I saw so many families hurting and worrying this past week that it has been playing on mind alot and the a post got me to thinking about this as well   
 WE need to get out of the rut and dreading the Christmas Season so what better way to do it IMO ........
If you dont want to participate then dont feel obligated please
I would love to have tons of ideas as I know we are very witty and ingenious when it comes to doing stuff like this so if ya want join in please
 
Thanks in advance for any input ............like I posted easy crafts recipes any ideas will be appreciated ..........
You all be well and thanks again
Lyn
 
 
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Suzy35
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   Posted 11/21/2006 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Make a present of not buying presents. My mom and I have a long standing thing of "If you don't buy for me, I won't buy for you" It saves us both money and we are just as happy to talk to each other on the phone. I don't need "stuff", got to much of it as it is. I know some feel like they HAVE to buy for others, but talk to them, they may be happy to not worry about it too.

normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/21/2006 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
For my parents I am gonna do like photo collages of me and bro in a Float Frame ( A frame with glass that is clear through so instead of matting a pic you use the wall or whatevers behind the frame as a mat. Makes for an interesting look. I might even do one of me and one of bro for each as my bro may not have ideas. I also wanna center the collage around a very recent picture as my parents always complain they dont have up to date pics of us.

I havent decided what to do for my bro yet or what exactly I wanna do for my bf. He gave me a sort opf paint on stained glass set a few yrs back for my b-day and i havent done it yet. If there is morethan one christmas ball in it I might make him one and then myself one for my first christmas on my own and my first real treeon my own. I also might try and find the movie balto on dvd as thats what he asked for.

It is amazing what you can do with craft supplies. My aunt used to make santa faces on a half of a laundry detergent bottle with felt and yarn and such. My mom used to make reindeer with hot glue. She would do out the shapes on wax paper and let them dry/cool and then peel them off and put them together and then squiggle some to look like snow and stand the reindeer in it.

cookies and tins are always good. I once made my bro and his gf chocolate chip cookies cause they loved the ones I made.

Mini stockings also a good little thing you can put candy canes and other little nick nacks in em.

For loved ones you can write letters to them statin what they mean to you or send em christmas cards with a pic of you/family that is homeade and cute

You can make your own christmas cards out of construction paper and other craft supplies. I got my first like this last year and it was the sweetest card i ever got.

I think thats enough from me for now hehe
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/21/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Suzy I so agree mom and I were the same way even with BD as I got older but the rest of the siblings and their kids are very into "Keeping Up With the Jones's" very very materialistic and I would love to know where that trait ever came from as Mom and Dad were not like that nor am I and my family ( Cait n Howie)
Thanks for your input hun are ya feeling a bit better?
Ya need to talk add me to msn or Yahoo would be better .........I would love to yak with ya
Take care and thanks
Lyn
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   Posted 11/21/2006 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
LIL one
You are sooooo right there is unbelieveable things you can make out of stuff you have around the house
Cait and I have done crafts together since she was young ........her gifts are just small things like make up and such she knows my feelings of materialism and she is like I in that way
You have alot of great ideas on here .......
Calendars are cool to make as well with fav pics for ppl ........Cait and I did a couple last yr alot of fun going thru old photos and making new ones ..........'
Talk with ya later went back to sleep now I have to shop for food lol
Love ya lil one
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/21/2006 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I love the calendar Idea could be good for you know who lol.
--Michelle

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When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
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bluemeanies
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   Posted 11/21/2006 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I buy some stuff off e-bay. You can get collectables a lot cheaper and usually find older pieces. The last two years I have bought a lot of used large print books for my dad, who recently took up reading.

Since my family does Christmas at Thanksgiving I am getting this over with this weekend. This year I bought everyone a small something while I was visiting a friend in Colorado. I told my mom what I got my dad and she got funny (weird) and snooty about it. Last year she told me I wasted my money on their stuff (and my son told me he didn't want the luggage I bought him) so I am not really looking forward to this at all. But I decided I had fun buying their stuff and I don't really care if they like it or not. I'm hoping to not get my feelings hurt and cry this year. That will be a first. Yep, got the Xanax packed already. I hope everyone has a happy holiday season.

normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/21/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
hope it goes well and they like em blue...
--Michelle

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When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/21/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have FOUR sisters, so here's my plan.

I'm going to michael's to get four little boxes for their jewlery. They have craft paint that is 2 for $1 right now, so that's 50 cents a bottle.

I'm going to decorate each little bottle, and then I'm getting some twine/thread at michaels for some sea shells. I'm going to make necklaces for all of them.

For the rest of the family... no clue... hehe

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normalsnofun
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   Posted 11/21/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Look at the creativity flowing hehe...
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hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/21/2006 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyn & everyone, this is an awesome thread. It has been hard for me to even think about Christmas because we are having a heat wave in So California. Also, I only have until the end of the month to get a job and i'm really worried. These are all great suggestions. One of things I do is p/u the little things all year long and then when Christmas and birthdays come along, I have some little things to give out. I too have found some great things at the dollar store. I have found hand-painted bud vases. You can fill them with flowers from your garden and give them. I have found porcelain crosses that say "Miracles Happen" nobody would ever know they were $1! I have found those little glass blown ornaments in the discount bins at drug stores. I get the dove, the angels, and the churches, on xmas eve they go down from $6-7 to $2. Also, women are so easy. The dollar store has scrubs, lotions and bubble baths for $1. Put three of them together, tie with a big xmas bow and you have a cool gift. Another very nice gift if you have absolutely no money and let's face it - it happens (i'm in that boat this year) a hand written note to each person with a picture of the two of you and letting them know how much they mean to you. Believe me, if I got this I wouldn't even think about a gift. You would get a bigger reaction from me giving me that and it's FREE.
Merry Christmas everyone and let us all remember the reason for the season.
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   Posted 11/22/2006 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so pleased to see all the posts and yes all the creativity
so sorry Blue you dont deserve to be hurt because you give from the heart ...is not right and glad ya got the xanax packed heres to a better yr and holiday for you

I so love the dollar store dang I go in and buy all the things you are talking about Hopeful and I also buy much more lol .....I too buy things ( lil things) all yr round...Like ya said women are the easier but here in the dollar store I go to there are things for men cologne and manly ( lol) soaps and all that ......I usually spend about 30 bucks in there and come out with bags and bags of goodies

Twiggy great idea Cait and I have done the jewelly boxes for some family in past I am doing a special one for her this yr .........I made her one yrs ago and she still cherishes it
she needs more with all the dang earrignand jewellery she has .........passed down from G grama and Nana as well as me ( and she loves the dollar store earrings lol)

Lets keep the ideas flowing so far it is going great and it is helping me with ideas too

I know if I were to get a letter and a pic I would cherish it forever ........great idea ........
Lil one Calendars are so cool to do I loved it when we did ours for family and you pick out the pics to go with the mths or how ever you want to do it ya know ........I know who its for........ na na na na na
My younger bro and wife did one of them of their wedding and family pics it turned out great that was a few yrs ago I have it in a big envelope to keep it looking good .......

Keep em coming and join in all
Lyn


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/22/2006 6:01:28 AM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/22/2006 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeesh I think I will do some collages this yr too nothing better for some family members
I still have one I did of cait and bio dad from her birth to age 3 and it is hanging on wall
She loves that and even though she is a wise "ole teen " she will bring it down and occasionally will ask me to tell her what each pic is about ( she knows already but loves to look and hear the stories behind each pic )...........
Really great input all ..........thanks so much and yes do remember what Christmas is all about
Luvs
Lyn
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   Posted 11/23/2006 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
 Found the lil box that is under our tree every Christmas .......past and present it is filled with LOVE and wrapped and has a note on it which says
 
               Christmas Tradition.........Pass It On.........
 
 Inside this box is our most specail gift(s) for each other
Love Caring and being a Family ~~~~~~~~~~
We do not open this But at each Christmas it will be placed under our tree~~~~~~~and with each New Christmas~~ the Tradition continues
 
Remember inside this box there is so much Love and Hope for future Christmas's to come and the Love for each other over flows inside ......
 
I know it is a bit corny but I did this a few yrs back and since then Cait sets it under the tree each Year and proudly I sit by knowing it wil be carried on long after I am gone .........
I thought it would show Cait something yrs ago and it did
Love is here always ESPECIALLY when you let it and want it ..........
God Bless all
Luvs Lyn
 
**Please keep ideas coming **



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slowlygoingcrazy
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   Posted 11/23/2006 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Here are some more ideas:

You can find books, and God knows on the internet - what can't you find on the internet? - instructions on putting together jars with ingredients for making cookies, soups, tea, etc. You put them in mason jars in layers and use some fabric around the top and add a recipe card that indicates how to mix it all together and if there's any additional ingredients needed. For kids especially the cookie ones can be fun!!! I have a book at home so maybe I'll post a couple of the mixes when I get home.

Another idea that goes with the collages already suggested, but instead of using photos, use specialty papers, and dollars stores carry lots of fun papers. I make photo frames, photo boxes, anything pretty much that can have paper glued to the surface, even decorating the covers of notebooks to personalize them.

If anybody knits, there's lots of fun things to knit. I'm trying to learn how to knit toys and doll clothes. Or cross stitches. You can make ornaments and pretty cards. And many of those patterns don't take long to make, a few hours at most. And the cross stitching has many other possibilities too: finger tip towels, bookmarks, sachets, photo frames (use plastic canvas), coasters, trivets, etc.... Check out Michael's, they carry lots of simple easy cross stitch ideas that aren't super expensive. You can even download free patterns from various sights, just google free cross stitch patters. You should get something.

The internet can be an invaluable resource to find ideas. Somedays when I really get into it, it can really boost my spirits. I just find the lack of time to really work on any of the above the most frustrating. Lots of ideas but little time....

Anyways, hope some of these ideas help.

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wizzer120
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   Posted 11/23/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was reminded in an e-mail this morning that xmas is 4 weeks away!!!!

Last year we did a 'secret santa', where everyone pulled one name from a hat and bought that person a present. It worked out far cheaper as you only had to buy for one person outside your own immediate family. We set a spending limit too.

This year (seeing as it has been such a bad one) I am thinking of giving a little 'something' to each person with a letter telling them why I love them and what they mean to me. I have lost so many members of my family this year and I want the ones that are still here to know why they are important to me now, not on their deathbeds. A little sentimental I know, but I just don't care for a change and i promise to write some fun stuff too! Just got to work out what the little 'somethings' are gonna be.....

A great thread - Christmas is far too comercialised to enjoy these days!

Just a thought if anyone is going to be giving candy bags this year - speak to your local confectionery vending company for products - they are normally far cheaper to buy in a 'bulk' bag than in the little packs in the stores.


I look forward to seeing some great ideas, starting to feel all' christmassy' now! Keep the creativity coming...

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   Posted 11/23/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Slowlygoingcrazy
I love the ideas great ones all of them
Thanks sooo much for sharing
Home made things are alwasy the best IMO and it gives me special time with Cait as well
Again yes these are some really great ideas ...I am sure ppl will get alot out of them ........thanks again


Wizzer ......I love that idea I too have lost so many Mom just recently this last while and I never thought of that but it is so personal and very warm thoughtful and loving
something ppl will cherish for sure
I know I would if I were to get a letter and a lil token to go with it ........
I think that is a beautiful idea thanks so much for sharing.......
I do get candy from wholesalers lots cheaper or bulk stores too .......same as baking goods real cheap that way ..........
Yes I have been feeling a bit more in the Spirit myself and I thought I would have a harder time since losing Mom and this being forst yr w/o her and Grandma .........

I so appreciate those I love more now for sure and I never have let cait go out door w/o saying "I love you " .......I always watch what my words are on departing from anyone as you never know do you ......
Looking forward to more ideas from you as well as all the other ppl that have joined in ........
Thanks so much again
God Bless
Lyn

Thanks all for the ideas it helps so much to know of other things to do
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   Posted 11/24/2006 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
There are so many ideas out there and I know we have many creative ppl so please do post if you care to add something anything
Every lil thing helps believe me I have gotten some fantastic ideas for Christmas so far ........
Keep em coming
Take care and
God Bless
Luvs
Lyn yeah


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/26/2006 8:09:13 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/24/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I said I'd come back and add some of the 'recipes' for the mason jars so here goes:

Gift Giving Soup Mix

beef bouillon powder   1/4 cup (60ml)

Red lentils                 1/4 cup (60ml)

Dry vegetable soup mix 1/4 cup

pearl barley               1/4 cup

very small bow pasta   1/4 cup

yellow split peas          1/4 cup

wild rice                     1/4 cup

Layer all 7 ingredients, in order given, in jar.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Directions: Combine contents of jar and 7 cups water in large pot or dutch oven.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Cover.  Simmer for about 50 minutes until peas and rice are tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Makes about 7 1/2 cups.

 

Southern Popcorn Mix

Chili powder 1 tsp

Envelope of spaghetti sauce mix   1 1 /2 oz

granulated sugar   1 tsp

garlic salt   1 tsp

cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp

Combine all 5 ingredients in small bowl.  Spoon into small jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 1/2 cup.   Directions: Melt 3 tbsp. hard margarine (or butter) in small saucepan.  Stir in 1 tbsp Southern Popcorn Mix.  Drizzle over about 6 cups popped corn in large bowl.  Toss to coat.

Chocolate Popcorn Mix

Icing sugar (confectioner's)  1 1/2 cups

cocoa   1/2 cup

Ground cinnamon   1/2 tsp

Combine all 3 ingredients in medium bowl.  Spoon into jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 2 cups.

Directions: Melt 1/4 cup hard margarine (or butter) in small saucepan.  Stir in 1/4 cup Chocolate Popcorn Mix.  Drizzle over about 6 cups popped corn in large bowl.  Toss to coat.

 

The above two would be fun giving with some raw popping corn.

 

Spiced Tea Mix

Powdered Orange juice crystals (like tang)   1/2 cup

granulated sugar    2/3 cup

instant tea granules with lemon     2 tbsp

ground cinnamon  1/2 tsp

ground cloves  1/4 tsp

Pour orange crystals into jar with tight fitting lid.  Spoon sugar over orange crystals.  Combine tea, cinnamon and cloves in small cup.  Spoon over orange crystals.  Makes 1 1/4 cups. 

Directions:  Stir contents of jar before measuring.  Measure 2 tsp into mug.  Add 3/4 cup boiling water.  Stir.  Serves 1.

Might be fun given with a mug and you can often pick mugs up at dollar stores and what not.  And so would the next one.

 

Cafe latte mix

skim milk powder       2 cups

instant coffee granules     3 tbsp

powdered coffee whitener     1/2 cup

 

Combine all 3 ingredients in plastic bag or jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 2 1/3 cups.

Directions: Measure 1/3 cup Cafe latte mix into blender.  Add 1 cup boiling water.  Process until foamy.  Pour into large mug.  Sweeten to taste.  Serves 1.

 

Hot Choco Coffee Mix

granulate sugar  2/3 cup

cocoa   1/3 cup

ground cinnamon   1/4 tsp

instant coffee granules  1/4 cup

Measure sugare in small bowl.  Sift cocoa, cinnamon and coffee granules into sugar.  Sitr.  Spoon into plastic bag or jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 1 cup.

Directions: Heat 1 cup milk in large mug in microwave on high (100%) for about 2 minutes until very hot.  Add 1 1/2 tbsp. hot choco coffee mix.  Stir.  Serves 1.

 

Basic Seasoning

 

Paprika    1/4 cup

poultry seasoning  2 tsp

garlic powder  2 tsp

celery seed     2 tsp

onion powder    1 1/2 tsp

curry powder   1 tsp

 

Combine all 6 ingredients in small .  Spoon into small jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 6 tbsp.

A great substitute for salt and therefore great with just about everything. 

 

Cran Raisin cookie Mix

All purpose flour        3/4 cup

quick cooking rolled oats (not instant)    1/2 cup

all purpose flour    3/4 cup

baking soda        1/2 tsp

salt        1/2 tsp

brown sugar (packed)      1/3 cup

granulated sugar     1/3 cup

dried cranberries       1/4 cup

dark raisins              1/4 cup

candy coated chocolate candy (such as M&M)     1/2 cup

pecans (or walnuts), chopped    1/2 cup

Layer all 11 ingredients, in order given, in large jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 4 cups.

 

Directions: Cream 3/4 cup softened hard margarine (or butter), 1 large egg and 1 tsp vanilla together in medium bowl until fluffy.  Add contents of jar.  Mix by hand until well combined.  Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake in 350 degree F(175 degrees C) oven for about 16 minutes until edges start to brown.  Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.   Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.   Makes about 36 (3 dozen) cookies.

 

Cakey Brownie Mix

Granulated Sugar    1 1/4 cups

cocoa, sifted if lumpy    1/2 cup

all purpose flour     1 1/2 cups

baking powder      1 tsp

baking soda         1/4 tsp

salt     1/2 tsp

chopped walnuts    1/2 cup

white (or semi sweet) chocolate chips    1/2 cup

 

Layer all 8 ingredients, in order given, in large jar with tight fitting lid.  Makes about 4 cups.

directions:  Empty contents of jar into large bowl.  Add 1 tsp of vanilla, 2/3 cup cooking oil, 3 large eggs and 1/4 cup water.  Mix for about 15 strokes.  Turn into greased 8 X 8 inch (20 X 20 cm) pan.  Bake in 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for about 40 minutes.  Wooden pick inserted in center should come out clean.  Cool.  Cuts into 16 pieces.

 

I hope these ideas help.  And go into the internet, you might find some other ideas.  But enough.  My fingers are tired!!!  Take care and good eating and good gift giving!!!

 slowlygoingcrazy

ps the book these came from is "Company's Coming - Gifts from the Kitchen."

 

 


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/25/2006 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
UMMMMMMMMMM these all sound so good and so easy to do
Thanks for posting them I am gonna try the Cakie Brownie Mix today
That would be perfect in lil tins I get from dollar store have them piled high lol.......
Thanks for all your great input Slowly
Take care
Luvs
Lyn
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Aussieangel
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   Posted 11/25/2006 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been making boxes.

I go to the $2 shops and get some cheap plain boxes and to the markets and get cheap scapbooking paper.
Some little boxes I've just painted red and put gold ribbon on and will put a little lottery ticket in them for Xmas.

The bigger boxes I cover in the nice scrapbooking paper, find a nice quote and use all the odds and ends you pick up in the craft section to personalise them as memory boxes. I've made both my neices one each and put their name, a quote and the little craft dollies on them. I've got 2 more big boxes here to do this week.

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   Posted 11/25/2006 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
That sounds like a great idea as well
Thanks for sharing with us
Take care 'Lyn
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   Posted 11/26/2006 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Picked up loads of things from dollar store for crafts sea shells colored stones glass jars candle holders you name it lol
Now its getting down to doing the crafts
Which will start this week
Take care and PLEASE
add more to this thread
It is great already but I know there are plenty of creative ppl out there..........
Thanks
Lyn
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/26/2006 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Dollar stores are great for anything you need to get...

that or my obsession.. Michael's.. LOL

Making bracelets with beads for family members is also fun.. and they may cherish the bracelets as I still cherish mine from my sister...

Any kind of jewerly is easy to make ... and to make little charms to go with them is easy too... just use a seachell and paint it or leave it plain for a charm or maybe a nice little rock and rap it in wire to hang on the necklace as well.

I think that's about all I can think of right now.. hehe

Twiggygal~
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   Posted 11/27/2006 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree Enigmairl NO one needs to feel quilty about finances we all go thru it ........
I also love the idea of communicating your love during this Season and not buying presents for all
The idea of a pic and a letter saying what you do feel for someone is great as well

Enigmagirl that is a fantastic cause you are working for
Proud of you

Twiggy .....lol........Dollar stores and me have an affair going on lol
LOVE THEM TOO
Take care all
Lyn
and keep ideas coming
Thanks so much


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