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    Started in on making Christmas ornaments. I usually give one to the kids every year. Both girls want boxes of stuff from the house. I think I'll mail them for Christmas/birthdays. We have a few birthdays between now and Christmas.

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    I was given apples, peaches, and hot peppers yesterday. Made stuffed peaches for dessert last night; I'll do that again tonight, that will probably take care of them. The peppers got made into pepper sauce, about 1/2 the apples are in the crockpot, cooking down into apple butter. I may take another dozen out of the basket, but then I'm giving the rest to the neighbor with beefalos for her cattle, horse,or chickens!

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    Good for you Judi - how do you make stuffed peaches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauimagic View Post
    Good for you Judi - how do you make stuffed peaches?
    You stuff them with bread, nuts, spices, like you would baked apples. I don't have a recipe, it's whatever I have available at the time. I think this time it was almonds, breadcrumbs, sugar, and maybe raisins?

    Sorry it took me so long to see this!

    I liked the ornaments that I made for the ornament exchange so well that I'm making them to go on our gift tags for the bread we always give away. This year we're planning on doing it Thanksgiving Eve, rather than Christmas Eve, as we may be busy on Christmas Eve!

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    Last edited by Judi Dial; 11-04-2011 at 12:32 PM. Reason: additional stuff

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    DH and I actually had a chat with the kids and decided to put money on their Student Loans for birthdays and Christmas. That would be best, considering the situation I think. And they appreciate it.

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    For our parents this year, I ordered some gallery canvas wraps of a picture I took of their grandkids:



    There's a craft show/Christmas bazaar happening in town here in a couple of weeks, and I'm going to try selling some of my photography. I am trying out a place called posterjack.ca for the gallery canvas wraps, posters and metallic prints. I wanted to order a few sample prints in each medium to display, then take orders at the show (with a few to sell as well). Just before submitting the order, I decided to check and see if there was any online discount codes available. I found one that was expiring the day that I placed the order, so I was able to save myself 20%.

    Got my frame sample kit in yesterday, and my sample prints (photographs in 4x6 for display, a few 8x12s and 12x18s) were shipped two days ago.

    Hopefully I'll get a little bit of spending money for Christmas gifts from the show.

    I still haven't uploaded all the prints that will be available (I have a few more Northern Lights images, and a whole bunch of nature and wildlife to put up), but here's a link to some of my work:

    Flickriver: tonyloewenphoto's most interesting photos

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    Great photos Tony! I hope you had a zoom or telephoto on the bear? I know a lady who photo transfers Northern lights photos onto fabric and then embroiders on them. Your photos look great!

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    Tony - those pictures are beautiful and your kids are adorable!! Good luck at the show!




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    just over a month to christmas and here i am all frazzled and behind again.

    every year it's like this.

    so far i have made:

    4 hot pads for my aunt and uncle
    1 poncho for my friends little girl
    1 cowl for ds's teacher
    a bunch of small snowflake ornaments for misc gifts for co-workers.

    i'm working on a spiral baby blanket for my friends little boy and next up is a vest for my aunt. i hope these 2 projects don't take too long and i can get more done.

    i'm not sure what else to make. i, of course, had big plans to make paper bead necklaces and rag rugs and a whole bunch of other stuff...but i don't know if i'll get to it now.

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    There's always next year dinah!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie-cat View Post
    There's always next year dinah!
    i say that every year though. instead of starting earlier i'm just learning how to crochet faster.

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    Reusable shopping bags for Hubby's Grandparents and his aunts and uncles --DONE

    Post it note pocket folder for Little Miss's teachers - Little Miss has finished those -DONE

    Melted Snowman Ornaments for Buddy's 8 teachers - He is in process on those

    Sugar scrub for MIL - DONE

    Bath Salts for MIL - DONE

    Snow paint Kit for BIL and their young family ( children 6, 4 and 2) -gathered but not assembled

    Family fun recipes for same BIL and their young family - Still need to do

    Chocolate stirring spoons - for SIL and her family their children are teenagers - Still need to do

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    Late to the game, per usual This is a great thread and I gleaned several ideas for 2012 so I'll be joining you all when the time comes after this season, for sure!

    About a month ago, I found a cute, practical, and inexpensive (about $2 each) homemade gift idea that I could make for each person who was important in helping our family through my breast cancer diagnosis this year. Just wanted to give a gift for Christmas to all those who were following and helping us.

    It's a keyfob/wristlet (can be used for several sets of key rings and I use mine to hold all my store shopping points tags) and I decided to make it with black webbing, a black/white dainty overlay, with a hot pink (of course) center strip. Added a breast cancer pink ribbon charm and need to still create paper pillow gift packages for each of them.

    So I have about 9 more wristlets to finish plus 25 pillow packages to create and decorate.

    Then my friend and I made a Packers fleece scarf for her that turned out so cute the other day that I decided to make one for my SIL whose name I picked in a gift exchange. I am also making a scarf for my MIL as well as a Packers tie blanket --She is still using the tie blanket I made for her over 6 years ago - that thing is RATTY but she loves it and she loves the Packers so I ordered the yardage I need for that. She can retire the old other one or give it to my FIL after she gets her *upgrade* lol.

    Plus the scarf idea helped me with what to do for my niece who is a high school freshman. I am making a fleece scarf for her in the school colors to add to my gift of a school t-shirt with matching nail polish and crackle overcoat! For once, I feel like I have a unique and age-appropriate idea for her..... <sigh> It gets so much harder when they get to be tweens and teens. And I think my tween daughter will like this as well, yay!

    So my list to complete for 2011:
    9 wristlets
    25 gift pillow pockets
    2 Packers scarves
    1 Packers tie blanket
    2 high school colors scarves
    2 Packers and 1 Highschool homemade and decorated gift bags or packages

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    1 Packer scarf done
    1 high school colors scarf done

    So my list dwindles a little:
    9 wristlets
    25 gift pillow pockets
    1 Packers scarf
    1 Packers tie blanket
    1 high school colors scarf
    2 Packers and 1 Highschool homemade and decorated gift bags or packages

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    Default Scarves

    I am trying to upload the pictures and not sure I am doing this right, sorry!

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