Posted 11/22/2006 8:05 AM (GMT -6)
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 6:49 AM (GMT -6)
 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
 
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Posted 11/23/2006 2:02 PM (GMT -6)
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.

slowlygoingcrazy


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Posted 11/23/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -6)
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...
Posted 11/23/2006 8:18 PM (GMT -6)
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 10:23 AM (GMT -6)
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)

Posted 11/24/2006 10:39 PM (GMT -6)

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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Posted 11/25/2006 10:29 AM (GMT -6)
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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Posted 11/25/2006 5:35 PM (GMT -6)
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.
Posted 11/25/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -6)
That sounds like a great idea as well
Thanks for sharing with us
Take care 'Lyn
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Posted 11/26/2006 10:33 AM (GMT -6)
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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Posted 11/26/2006 6:58 PM (GMT -6)
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

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Posted 11/27/2006 6:44 AM (GMT -6)
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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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/27/2006 2:58:27 PM (GMT-7)

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